CMYK MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 04 JUNE 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 WEATHER Hot/humid weather; rain/thundershowers likely in some areas. Temperature will be in the range of 35-29 degrees Celsius RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY P10 Min. 47% Max: 35.5°C SUN RISES 04:51 hrs MOON RISES 22.48 hrs Min: 28.1°C SUN SETS 18:18 hrs MOON SETS 09:26 hrs Pak violates ceasefire again, 2 BSF men killed Moon phase: Third quarter on 7 June THUMBNAILS Members of the public during a commemoration service on the first anniversary of the London Bridge terror attack that left eight people dead, in London on Sunday. AFP Shillong situation: Curfew in pockets of Shillong was relaxed for seven hours on Sunday, even as a team of Shiromani Akali Dal leaders from Delhi visited the Meghalaya capital in view of the clashes involving two communities that left at least 10 people injured. “The problem is very much in a particular locality, on a particular issue. It just happened that two particular communities were involved, but it's not a communal thing,” state chief P5 minister Conrad Sangma said. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, 3 JUNE ithin five days of the Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMOs) of India and Pakistan agreeing to strictly adhere to the ceasefire pact of 2003, Pakistan troops broke the agreement in the wee hours on Sunday by resorting to sniper fire and unprovoked mortar shelling along the International Border (IB) in the Pargwal and Akhnoor sectors of Jammu, killing an officer and a constable of the BSF and injuring at least 14 civilians. Resumption of shelling by Pakistan on about 35 villages of the area has generated anger against the Modi government among the residents of the area. They are also cursing Pakistan for betraying India and targeting the civilian population. A BSF officer confirmed that those killed were an assistant sub-inspector and a constable. He said that at about 1.15 a.m, Pakistan troops resorted to unprovoked firing by targeting forward duty points on the International Border in Pargwal area. Two BSF men, ASI S N Yadav and constable V K Pandey, sustained injuries. Both were evacuated imme- W Karnataka Cong leader resigns: Karnataka North Congress working president S R Patil has tendered his resignation over the party's ”unsatisfactory performance” in the recent assembly elections. “I have sent my resignation to Shri Rahul Gandhiji through an email some days back after taking... moral responsibility for the party's unsatisfactory performance in assembly elections,” Patil said in Bangalore. “Had my party won more seats from North Karnataka, we would have formed the P4 government on our own,” he said. SNS & AGENCIES The man whose body was found hanging from a power transmission tower here yesterday had committed suicide, police said today on the basis of the post-mortem report, even as normal life was partially hit in the district following a 12hour bandh called by the BJP, which claimed that the deceased was a member of the party. The saffron party has alleged that Dulal Kumar's death is a political murder. The incident came close on the heels of the body of another man being found hanging from a tree at Balarampur in the district on 30 May. Newly-appointed Purulia Superintendent of Police (SP) Akash Magharia said Cong alleges 60 lakh fake voters in MP; EC to probe PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 3 JUNE The Election Commission today ordered an inquiry into allegations of large-scale discrepancies in the voters' list of Madhya Pradesh, which is due to go for Assembly elections in five months. Soon after a Congress delegation approached it on the issue, the poll panel formed two teams to probe the allegations. The teams have to submit a report by 7 June. The Congress claimed that there are at least 60 lakh bogus voters in the state, which will go to polls in November. The party also submitted evidence to the Election Commission to buttress its allegation. “We have provided evidence to the Election Commission. There are approximately 60 lakh fake voters registered in the state. These are many private vehicles were also damaged. A resident of Pargwal, Sohan Lal, said that several people were injured and many houses damaged due to Pakistani shelling. He said there was no use pleading for help from the Modi government that was busy appeasing the pro-Pakistan elements in Kashmir and has tied the hands of the security forces by declaring an unilateral ceasefire. Another resident of the area, Brij Kumar, slammed chief minister Mehbooba Mufti for not paying any attention to the destruction that people of the border areas in Jammu were facing. The chief minister, in a statement, said it was unfortunate that the shelling has happened even after the DGMOs of both sides had agreed to implement the ceasefire. People on both sides are dying. The DGMOs should hold dialogue again and the bloodshed must be brought to an end, she said. It is not the first time Pakistan has gone back on its word in recent times. On 20 May Pakistan Rangers pleaded for ceasefire in the Arnia (Jammu), Samba and Kathua districts after being pounded with heavy artillery that left a Pakistani trooper dead, only to initiate ceasefire violation hours later the same night. The latest deaths in the Pakistani firing raised the casualty figure in ceasefire violations along the international border and the Line of Control (LoC) in the state this year to 46. The dead include 20 security personnel. Last month, thousands of people residing along the international border in Jammu, Kathua and Samba districts had to flee their homes following intense shelling from Pakistan between 15 and 23 May which left 12 people dead, including two BSF jawans and an infant, and scores of others injured. The situation within the state was also worsening after the Centre announced an unilateral ceasefire. Grenade attacks on security forces by militants have increased considerably across the valley. P11 Scare as Swaraj’s plane goes silent for 14 minutes STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 3 JUNE Air traffic control authorities in Mauritius lost touch with the VVIP Indian Air Force aircraft ‘Meghdoot” flying external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj from Thiruvananthapuram to Mauritius for 14 minutes on Saturday evening, causing them to press the panic button. The minister was on her way to South Africa to attend BRICS and IBSA ministerial meetings. The Mauritian air traffic control could not establish contact with the Embraer 135 Legacy flying Swaraj for some time after the plane entered the island nation’s airspace. After the Mauritius authorities could not establish contact with flight IFC-31, it activated ‘INCERFA’ alarm which is used when it is not known whether the aircraft and its occupants are safe or not. Mauritius also contacted the Chennai air traffic control, which was the last flight information region to be in touch with ‘Meghdoot’. The aircraft later re-established contact and landed in the Mauritius capital. The Embraer does not have a long range and had to make three refuelling or technical stops on way to South Africa. Purulia man’s death was suicide, say police PURULIA, 3 JUNE Agni-5 test: India successfully test-fired its 5 indigenously developed nuclear-capable Long Range Ballistic Missile Agni-5, which has a strike range of 5,000 km, from a test range off the Odisha coast. The surface-to-surface missile was launched from a mobile launcher from launch pad-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island, at 9.45 am, Defence sources said. New technologies, relating to navigation and guidance, warhead and engine, were successfully tested in P3 the Agni-5 trial, the sources said. Residents of Pargwal sector showing parts of mortar shells fired by Pakistan troops. SNS diately to medical facilities but they succumbed to their injuries. Both martyred BSF troopers belonged to Uttar Pradesh. While ASI Yadav was from the Baspar village of Devaria district, Constable Pandey belonged to Sathiyawan village of Fatehpur district. Top officers of BSF were present at the wreath laying ceremony that was held at the headquarters of the Jammu Frontier of BSF here. The unprovoked fire is being retaliated by other duty points and posts adequately, the officer said. Reports said Pakistani troops were targeting at least 10 BSF posts and 35 villages of the area with mortars. This has created panic and civilians were fleeing to safer places. Several cattle have perished and PROTEAS’ BEST AWARD GOES TO RABADA P2 Less than a week after DGMOs agreed to abide by 2003 ceasefire pact Max.89% TEMPERATURE KEJRIWAL IN THE POLITICAL RING USA ISOLATED AT G7 FINANCE MINISTERS’ MEET SYRIA’S ASSAD TO VISIT NORTH KOREA not merely mistakes. The lists have been deliberately altered at the behest of the BJP government in the state,” Congress leader Kamal Nath said. The Congress leaders also requested the Election Commission for a special monitoring mechanism to remove all the “multiple” and “demographically similar” entries and urged the poll panel to inform all national political parties on a weekly basis about the status of identification of such voters at least at the district level. The Election Commission teams will visit the Narela, Bhojpur, Seoni-Malwa and Hoshangabad assembly seats to ascertain how the discrepancies occurred. After reaching the state tomorrow, the teams would also fix responsibility for multiple and fake entries, the Election Commission said. a team of five doctors conducted the post-mortem of Kumar's body. “The postmortem report said it was a case of asphyxia due to ante-mortem hanging and suicidal in nature,” he told newspersons here. The Mamata Banerjee government replaced Joy Biswas as the SP of the district and appointed Magharia in his place, following the two back-to-back incidents. Meanwhile, BJP supporters put up road blockades and prevented goods vehicles from plying on national highways at different places in the district. The administration, however, dubbed it as a “normal Sunday” when schools, colleges, banks and government offices remained closed. Balarampur, where the The BJP cast doubts on the post mortem report and demanded a CBI inquiry into the deaths of Dulal and Trilochon Mahato. BJP national secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya said the administration is desperately trying to project the political killing as a suicide. two incidents have occurred, wore a deserted look as the locals largely stayed indoors. The scene was similar in other parts of the district, where public and private vehicles stayed off the roads, and shops and markets remained closed. The bandh began at 6 a.m. Senior leaders of the BJP meanwhile, cast doubts , on the post mortem report and demanded a CBI inquiry into the deaths of Dulal and Trilochon Mahato. BJP national secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya said that only a CBI inquiry can turn up the truth on the nature of the death and the state administration is desperately trying to cast the political killing as a suicide. Kumar's (35) body was found hanging from a power transmission tower near the fields in Dava village yesterday morning. The incident occurred three days after the body of another man, Trilochon Mahato (20), who the BJP said was a member of its youth wing, was found hanging from a tree. The BJP has alleged the deaths are “political murders” and demanded a CBI inquiry into the incidents. BJP leaders, including its state women's wing chief, Locket Chatterjee, were scheduled to visit the district today, party sources said. An unsigned, hand-written note found near Mahato's body had stated that he was “punished for working for the BJP” during the recent rural polls in the state. However, no such note was found in Kumar's case, former SP Biswas had said yesterday. Kumar's death had outraged the locals, who had protested outside the Balarampur police station yesterday. The alleged killings have triggered another face-off between the TMC and the BJP which has emerged as , a formidable challenger to the ruling party after last month's panchayat polls. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Sunday issued a press release stating its position on the foreign minister’s flight from Thiruvananthapuram to Mauritius. It said, ‘’The IAF flight IFC31 carrying Ms. Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs departed from Trivandrum at 1408 IST for Mauritius. Aircraft changed over from Indian airspace to Male ATC which then established contact with the aircraft at 1644 IST. However, IFC 31 could not contact Mauritius ATC after entering Mauritius airspace. Mauritius ATC then activated INCERFA (the uncertainty phase). Later at 1658 IST, IFC 31 came in contact with Mauritius ATC and landed. “Mauritius ATC activated INCERFA (uncertainty phase) without allowing the stipulated time period of 30 minutes to lapse from the time when aircraft last contacted ATC. This was perhaps done because the flight was carrying VIP the ,” press release added. One dead, girl injured in Ferrari crash on Expressway KOLKATA, 3 JUNE The 43-year-old driver of a Ferrari car died and his girl passenger sustained serious injuries when the racing car ran into a divider and turned turtle at Salap in Howrah this morning. Police said Shivaji Roy (43), a resident of Gariahat, had taken Ashna Surana (18), the daughter of one of his friends, on a drive in his Ferrari car along the Durgapur Expressway, when he lost control over the vehicle and crashed into a divider near Pakuria bridge. The car, which was being driven at a speed of 140 to 160 kmph, landed upside down and skidded several metres before coming to a halt. The injured were taken to a private hospital, where Roy succumbed to his injuries, while the teenage girl is fighting for her life. According to eyewitnesses’ accounts, around 10 this morning, the orange Ferrari car, which was hurtling down the Durgapur Expressway at a breakneck speed, slammed against a divider near Pakuria bridge. The vehicle was completely mangled. A senior police officer said that Roy was a businessman by profession and was fond of racing cars. He used to go for a drive every Sunday in the ill-fated Ferrari, which cost around SNS Rs 3.50 crore. Details on Page 13 Navy evacuates stranded Indians PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 3 JUNE The Indian Navy today rescued 38 Indians from Socotra island in Yemen where they were stranded for nearly 10 days after a severe cyclonic storm hit the area. The Navy yesterday had diverted its ship INS Sunayna from the Gulf of Aden to Socotra as part of the operation 'NISTAR' to rescue the Indians, Navy spokesperson Captain D K Sharma said. He said the stranded Indians were rescued off the coast of Socotra early this morning and are now on board INS Sunayna, adding all of them were safe. The ship is bringing the Indians back home. “The operation, code-named 'NISTAR', was carried out on the morning of June 3 off the coast of Socotra. The evacuated Indians were embarked on board and provided with medical care, food, water and telephone facilities to call and reassure their families at home,” Sharma said. He said the ship is proceeding towards Porbandar. Cyclonic storm Mekenu had hit Socotra on 24 May leaving a trail of devastation. “Three Indian dhows at Socotra suffered damages/sank alongside in the harbour and another Dhow, MSV Safina Al Khijar with 12 Indians onboard is reported to be missing,” said the Navy spokesperson. The Navy had undertaken two aerial sorties on 28 and 29 May to search for the missing Indians. Bengal Governor tops allowances list PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 3 JUNE The Centre has issued fresh guidelines on allowances to be paid to state Governors, which include expenses on tours, hospitality, entertainment and furnishings, four months after enhancing the salaries of the constitutional post. According to a notification issued by the Union Home Ministry, the Governor of West Bengal, among all the Governors, will get the highest amount of Rs 1.81 crore as allowances for tour, hospitality, entertainment and other expenses. The Bengal Governor will also be entitled to Rs 80 lakh as allowance for renewal of furnishings and Rs 72.06 lakh as allowance for the maintenance of the two Raj Bhavans, located in Kolkata (file photo) and Darjeeling. The Tamil Nadu Governor will get Rs 1.66 crore as allowances for tour, hospital- ity, entertainment and other expenses. The Tamil Nadu Governor, who has Raj Bhavans in Chennai and Ooty, will also be entitled to Rs 7.5 lakh as allowance for renewal of furnishings and Rs 6.5 crore as allowance for the maintenance of the two Raj Bhavans, according to the notification issued last week. The salaries and allowances of the Governors are paid by the respective state governments. The Governor of Bihar will get Rs 1.62 crore as allowances for tour, hospitality, entertainment and other expenses. The Governor of Bihar will also be entitled to Rs 62 lakh as allowance for renewal of furnishings and Rs 80.2 lakh as allowance for the maintenance of the Raj Bhavan in Patna. The Maharashtra Governor will get Rs 1.14 crore as allowances for tour, hospitality, entertainment and other expenses, Rs 26.7 lakh as allowance for renewal of furnish- CMYK ings and Rs 1.8 crore as allowance for the maintenance of the three Raj Bhavans, located in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur. The Governor of Karnataka will get Rs 1.05 crore as allowances for tour, hospitality, entertainment and other expenses, Rs 6.5 lakh as allowance for renewal of furnishings and Rs 38.2 lakh as allowance for the maintenance of the Raj Bhavan, located in Bangalore. The Rajasthan Governor will be entitled to Rs 93 lakh as allowance for tour, hospitality, entertainment and other expenses, Rs 1 lakh for renewal of furnishings and Rs 73.2 lakh as allowance for the maintenance of the Raj Bhavans in Jaipur and Mount Abu. The Governor of Uttar Pradesh will be entitled to Rs 66 lakh as allowances for tour, hospitality, entertainment and other expenses, Rs 10 lakh as allowance for renewal of fur- nishings and Rs 3.53 crore as allowance for the maintenance of the Raj Bhavan in Lucknow. The Gujarat Governor is entitled to Rs 55 lakh as allowances for tour, hospitality, entertainment and other expenses, Rs 15 lakh as allowance for renewal of furnishings and Rs 20 lakh as allowance for the maintenance of the Raj Bhavan in Gandhinagar. The Governor of Haryana will be entitled to Rs 54.5 lakh as allowances for tour, hospitality, entertainment and other expenses, Rs 10 lakh as allowance for renewal of furnishings and Rs 21.6 lakh as allowance for the maintenance of the Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh. The Arunachal Pradesh Governor will be entitled to Rs 54 lakh as allowances for tour, hospitality, entertainment and other expenses, Rs 10 lakh as allowance for renewal of fur- nishings and Rs 30.75 lakh as allowance for the maintenance of the Raj Bhavan in Itanagar. The Governor of Andhra Pradesh will be entitled to Rs 53 lakh as allowances for tour, hospitality, entertainment and other expenses, Rs 6 lakh as allowance for renewal of furnishings and Rs 18.3 lakh as allowance for the maintenance of the Raj Bhavan in Hyderabad. The Madhya Pradesh Governor will be entitled to Rs 48.43 lakh as allowances for tour, hospitality, entertainment and other expenses, Rs 7.5 lakh as allowance for renewal of furnishings and Rs 25.12 lakh as allowance for the maintenance of two Raj Bhavans in Bhopal and Panchmarhi. The revision of allowances of the Governors came after four years. The salaries of the Governors were increased to Rs 3.5 lakh a month four months ago.
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