SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 03 JUNE 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16+4 | `5 |LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR THE WORLD OF WORK IS BEING CHANGED BY THE RISE OF ROBOTS BUT THERE ARE STEPS YOU CAN TAKE NOW WEATHER Mainly clear sky with possibility of dust storm/thunderstorm towards night. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 40 and 28 degrees Celsius respectively. TEMPERATURE Max: 38.3°C (-2) SUN RISES 05:24 hrs MOON RISES 23:03 hrs P1 J&K on edge as youth Outrage as another hit by CRPF vehicle dies BJP man found dead Valley shut down; 4 CRPF personnel, 2 civilians injured in 3 grenade attacks RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 60% CONSPIRACY, PARANOIA AND SCANDAL SURROUND THE DEATH OF AARON TRAYWICK, WHO HAD INJECTED HIMSELF WITH AN UNTESTED GENE THERAPY P 10 Min. 39% SNS & PTI Min: 26.6°C (-1) SUN SETS 19:16 hrs MOON SETS 10:02 hrs THUMBNAILS Residents gather to collect drinking water from a water tanker following water shortages AFP in Shimla on Saturday. Nipah outbreak: Reopening of schools and colleges in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts of Kerala has been extended till June 12 and all examinations, except those conducted by UPSC, have been postponed as a precautionary measure in view of the Nipah outbreak. Interviews being conducted by the state public service commission have also been postponed. A decision in this regard was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Kerala health minister K K Shylaja and additional chief secreP5 tary (health) Rajeev Sadanandan. EC rules out bringing back ballot papers: Ruling out any possibility of bringing back ballot papers for elections, Chief Election Commissioner O.P. Rawat on Saturday said the EVMs were being made a 'scapegoat' as the machines cannot speak and political parties needed to blame someone or something for their defeat. "There is absolutely nothing about the integrity of the system... However, time and again whenever there are eruptions on this, we clarify the issue," Rawat said at an interacP6 tive session in Kolkata. Attempting suicide no longer a crime: Attempting suicide is no more a crime in India and there will be no more electric shocks for mentally ill children, as per the new Mental Healthcare Act 2017 notified by the Health Ministry recently, a year after it was passed. P2 SRINAGAR/JAMMU, 2 JUNE A shutdown was observed in the Valley on Saturday and protesters clashed with security forces as large numbers of people participated in the funeral of Kaisar Ahmad, 21, who succumbed to injuries that he suffered on Friday when he was run over by a CRPF vehicle whose driver tried to escape from a violent mob that had surrounded the vehicle in downtown Nowhata. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is coming to the state next week to review the situation and see whether the unilateral ceasefire announced by the Centre could be extended. Singh discussed the matter yesterday with Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman as grenade attacks on security personnel have increased during the Ramadan ceasefire. Separatist leaders Syed Alishah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik had already given the call for shutdown today against civilian killings and the death of the youth came around midnight yesterday in a Srinagar hospital. Normal life was thrown out of gear as train services also remained suspended across the Valley as a precautionary measure. Security forces used tear-gas to disperse unruly mobs that raised pro-freedom slogans at the graveyard. Authorities placed Mirwaiz Farooq under house arrest and arrested Malik to prevent them from taking part in the funeral. Reports said that the youth was run over when miscreants were trying to break the windscreen and doors of the CRPF vehicle they had surrounded and the driver tried to speed away from the violent mob. But, in the process a member of the mob got run over and critically injured. Minor girl raped, killed, stuffed in container PTI PALWAL/FARIDABAD, 2 JUNE A five-year-old girl was kidnapped, brutally raped and stabbed to death allegedly by a man who used to work at her father's tent house in Asaoti village in Haryana's Palwal district. The accused, identified as Virender alias Bholu, allegedly committed the heinous act on Thursday night over some old enmity with the girl's father. “Virender was arrested and remanded to a threeday police custody today. He is being interrogated,” SP , Palwal,Waseem Akram said. Virender used to work at the tent house owned by the girl's father. They had a heated argument over some issue earlier. In order to vent his anger, the accused abducted the girl and took her to his house. He then stabbed the girl in the stomach and stuffed her body inside a container to conceal the act. When the girl did not return to her house late in the night, the family members and villagers launched a search. It was only with the help of CCTV footages of the area that they could trace the girl's body.The details of the incident could be revealed after police interrogated Virender, the accused. An FIR was registered in connection with the incident under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The body has been sent for post-mortem and further investigation into the case is on, police said, adding they were also probing if there were other accomplices too. Authorities imposed restrictions in the downtown areas and snapped internet services in sensitive areas. The situation remained tense in the Valley as most Kashmir-centric political parties and separatists sought to project an impression as if the CRPF driver had "intentionally" run over the protester. Former chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted: "Earlier they tied people to the fronts of jeeps and paraded them around villages to deter protesters now they just drive their jeeps right over protestors. Is this your new SOP". "Is this your new SOP @ Mehbooba Mufti sahiba? Ceasefire means no guns so use jeeps?” Minister of State in the PMO, Jitendra Singh hit back, slamming "selective condemnation of violence by Kashmir apologists" in a tweet. Meanwhile, four CRPF personnel and two civilians, including a woman, were injured today in three separate grenade attacks on security forces in Srinagar, police said. In the first attack, militants lobbed a grenade towards a security forces patrol party in Fatehkadal area of Srinagar, they said. Three CRPF personnel and a woman were injured in the explosion, they said. The injured were taken to a nearby hospital, where their condition is stated to be stable. In the second attack, militants targeted a CRPF vehicle in Budshah Chowk area near the city centre in Srinagar, injuring a jawan and a civilian, the police said. The third grenade attack took place in Magarmal Bagh area of Srinagar, they said. However, there was no damage due to the explosion there. There have been at least six grenade attacks in Kashmir Valley, including one at the residence of ruling PDP MLA Mushtaq Shah, since yesterday. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE PURULIA/KOLKATA/NEW DELHI, 2 JUNE The alleged killing of a 32year-old BJP activist, Dulal Kumar, who was found hanging from a high-tension electric pole at a village in Purulia’s Balrampur today, triggered fierce protests from the BJP which accused the ruling Trinamul Congress of resorting to tactics of liquidating the Opposition. The “murder” took place only three days after a Dalit youth ~ Trilochan Mahato~ also a BJP youth wing activist, had been found hanging from a tree in Supurdi village in the same police station area. Intriguingly, the first of the “killings” had occurred hours after Trinamul youth wing president and nephew of chief minister Mamata Banerjee declared at a party rally in the city that the ruling party would make Purulia “Opposition-free”. Purulia district saw a close fight between the Trinamul and the BJP in the recent gram panchayat elections, with the two parties winning 839 and 645 GP seats respectively. Out of the 38 zilla parishad seats, the Trinamul won 26 seats SINGAPORE, 2 JUNE Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis in Singapore and discussed security related issues, days after the Pentagon renamed its Pacific Command as IndoPacific Command in a largely symbolic move to signal India's importance to the US military. Modi, who is here on the last leg of his three-nation tour, held a closed-door meeting with Mattis during which both sides discussed all security related issues of mutual and global interests, sources said. National Security Adviser Ajit Doval was also present in the meeting that lasted for nearly an hour. The meeting was held on the sidelines of the annual Shangri-La Dialogue which was addressed by the Prime Minister last night. “The focus of conversation was on the region in the context of PM's keynote address at the #SLD18 yesterday This handout photograph released by the Press Information Bureau shows Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting the AFP US Defence Secretary James Mattis in Singapore. evening,” Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. In his keynote address, Modi had said an “Asia of rivalry” will hold the region back while an Asia of cooperation will shape the current century. Asia and the world will have a better future when India and China work together with trust and confidence while being sensitive to each other's interests, he had said. “We should all have equal access as a right under international law to the use of common spaces on sea and in the air that would require freedom of navigation, unimpeded com- against the BJP’s tally of nine. The district superintendent of police Joy Biswas was transferred to the post of Commanding Officer, SAP, 9th Battalion hours after he passed off the death of Kumar as a case of suicide, even after the state administration ordered CID probe into the two cases. Today’s “killing” created a commotion in the area and BJP supporters protested outside the local thana complaining that police were shielding the culprits. The party also called a 12-hour bandh in the district tomorrow. According to sources, Dulal went missing last night. The BJP alleged that he had been murdered by Trinamul supporters for participating in a protest organised by the party. “He was there during thana gherao programme t o p ro t e s t Tr i l o c h a n Mahato’s murder. He returned to his house for a while before leaving again in the evening to attend to some personal work. He did not return. Calls made to his mobile number were disconn e c t e d ,” a l o c a l B J P activist said. An unsigned handwritten note in Bengali, found near Mahato's body near his home in Balarampur had stated that he was “punished for working for the BJP” during the recent rural polls in the state, a senior district police officer had said. No such note was found near the place where Kumar's body was found hanging, the SP, who was removed later in the day, said. TURN TO PAGE 6 Veggie prices soar as farmers’ stir continues SNS & AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 2 JUNE Retail prices of vegetables shot up in some cities and fresh supply of farm produce was hit as the farmers' agitation entered the second day today with a Left-affiliated body saying the stir would intensify from 5 June. Agitating farmers stopped supply of vegetables, fruits, milk and other items to various cities. Though the impact of farmers' stir on price of farm commodities was not visible yesterday, the retail prices of vegetables in several cities rose in the range of Rs 10-20 per kg today. Several farmers' organisations have jointly called the 10-day protest across 22 states in the country demanding remunerative prices for their produce, implementation of the Swaminathan Commission The ongoing protest by farmers is a sign of their desperation in the face of the wrongs being perpetrated on them by the central government AMARINDER SINGH PUNJAB CHIEF MINISTER recommendations and farm loan waivers, among others. In Mumbai, the Leftaffiliated All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) accused the Maharashtra government of having a “negative approach” to the protest. “Farmers across the state are holding protests but the government seems to have a negative approach over keeping the promises it had made to farmers last month,” AIKS general secretary Ajit Navle told reporters. At a meeting of farmers' organisations today, it was decided that the protests would be intensified from 5 June, he said. “We have given a call to farmers to stop selling their produce meant for cities,” Navle said. Delhi may face problems in supply of fresh vegetables, fruits and other perishables in the next week in case the farmers' stir in neighbouring states intensifies. Trucks of vegetables, fruits and other food items reached Delhi today but if the farmers resort to strict enforcement of cutting supply to the cities, the situation may deteriorate from next week, said Adil Khan, chairman of Azadpur Mandi. According to traders in Chandigarh, the price of tomatoes soared to Rs 2025 per kg against Rs 10-15 per kg prevailing two days ago. Similarly, retail prices of potatoes, capsicum, bottle gourd, cucumber, have also gone up on short supplies. Modi meets US defence secretary, visits Navy ship PRESS TRUST OF INDIA A view of a BJP rally protesting against the killings of party DILIP DUTTA activists in Purulia. In Kolkata on Saturday. merce and peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with international law,” he had said. Mattis also addressed the dialogue where he stressed upon freedom for all and “reaffirmation for rule based order”. The meeting between the two leaders assumes significance as in his address Mattis has stressed upon both countries working together and with other nations for ensuring peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region.“It is only appropriate that waterways remain open for all nations,” Mattis said. The meeting comes days after the US renamed its oldest and largest military command - the Pacific Command - to Indo-Pacific Command, amid heightened tensions with China over the militarisation of the South China Sea. The US move came in the wake of a series of measures by China that have raised tensions in the South China Sea. China claims almost all of the South China Sea. Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have counter claims over the area.The US also rejects China's claims of ownership of the area. The Pentagon's move is also reflective of the growing importance of India in US strategic thinking. India was granted the 'Major Defence Partner' status by the previous Barack Obama Administration, providing for transfer of technology and deeper cooperation in the defence sector. In 2016, India and the US had signed a crucial logistics defence pact enabling their militaries to use each other's assets and bases for repair and replenishment of supplies, making joint operations more efficient. Soon after coming to power, the Trump administration had renamed Asia Pacific as IndoPacific and identified India as one bookend of the region. The Prime Minister also visited the Changi Naval Base and met officers and sailors of the Indi- an Navy and the Royal Singapore Navy. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Singapore's Senior Minister of State for Defence Md. Maliki Osman. “India and Singapore are cooperating not only on land but also in the seas! At the Changi Naval Base I got an opportunity to witness the deep-rooted naval cooperation between our two nations,” Modi tweeted. “25 years of uninterrupted naval exercises and growing naval cooperation! PM @narendramodi with Senior Minister of State for Defence Md. Maliki Osman and other dignitaries onboard the RSS Formidable Frigate of the Singapore Navy,” External Affairs Ministry Raveesh Kumar tweeted. Prime Minister Modi also interacted with the officers and sailors on board the Indian Navy's Shivalik class stealth frigate INS Satpura. The Satpura is visiting the Changi Naval Base as part of its deployment in the region. Traders said the fresh supplies of vegetables coming through vehicles in mandis have dwindled, triggering fears of more price rise in coming days. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh described the ongoing protest by farmers as a sign of their desperation in the face of the wrongs being perpetrated on them by the central government. Amarinder told reporters in Chandigarh the farming community in the country was in the grip of a serious crisis due to the indifferent attitude of the BJPled Central government, Despite repeated pleas by Punjab and other state governments, the Centre had failed to come to the rescue of the farming community, he said. Farmers continued to hold protest at several places in Punjab, including Nabha, Ludhiana, Muktsar, Tarn Taran, Nangal and Ferozepur and there were reports that farmers even put up blockades not to allow supply of vegetables and milk entering cities. In Ferozepur, farmers allegedly forced the closure of vegetable mandi. In Bathinda, a group of farmers, owing allegiance to the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Sidhupur), allegedly stopped some milk sellers from going to the city in the morning at village Jodhpur Romana which resulted into heated arguments among them.Milk sellers were requesting the protesting farmers to allow them to sell their milk but they refused, said police. Four farmers were taken into preventive custody, said Bathinda police station Sadar SHO Iqbal Singh. Farmers staged sit-in outside police station demanding release of their fellow farmers. Arbaaz ‘confesses’ to betting on IPL matches PRESS TRUST OF INDIA THANE 2 JUNE Bollywood actor and filmmaker Arbaaz Khan has told police that he has been betting on cricket matches for the past five to six years, a police official claimed today. Police also said that interrogation of alleged bookie Sonu Jalan alias Sonu Malad revealed that a prominent Bollywood producer was also involved in the betting racket. The producer would be summoned soon, an official said. Khan, who appeared before Thane Police's Anti- Extortion Cell (AEC) this morning, also claimed that he had not placed bets on any match of the 2018 season of the Indian Premier League that ended on May 27, the official said. “The actor told police that he has been betting on cricket matches for the past 5-6 years,” the police official said. Jalan also told the interrogators that a Bollywood producer, who is the CEO of a film production-distribution company based in Mumbai, was his “partner” in the betting racket, the official said. Police were going to summon the producer and question him, he added. The city police had yesterday sent a letter to Arbaaz Khan, asking him to join the probe in the wake of arrest of Jalan who was allegedly placing bets on the recently-concluded edition of the IPL.
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