CMYK TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 05 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 P10 SENSEX 35,011.89 -215.37 REVIEW OF DAILY FUEL PRICING RULED OUT ISRAEL PM SEEKS TOUGHER LINE ON IRAN TRUMP SAYS HE HAS ABSOLUTE POWER TO PARDON HIMSELF P9 NIFTY 10,628.50 -67.70 P8 ` vs $ 67.11 -5.00 PAISE GOLD 29,630.00 +40.00 Hot, humid weather. Rain/thundershower likely in some areas. Temperature will be in the range 35-28 degrees Celsius RAINFALL: 12.2 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.88% Min. 55% TEMPERATURE Max: 35.6°C (N) SUN RISES 04:51 hrs MOON RISES 23.27 hrs Min: 28.6°C (+1) SUN SETS 18:19 hrs MOON SETS 10:17 hrs AGENCIES 23 injured as grenade attacks spike in J&K STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, 4 JUNE Twenty-three persons, including 8 security personnel, were injured on Monday as terrorists tossed grenades at two places in Shopian and Pulwama in south Kashmir. In a morning incident at the Batpora market in Shopian, 16 persons, including 4 policemen, were injured in a grenade attack. The other grenade attack came in the afternoon in the Tahab Chowk of Pulwama where four CRPF personnel, including a DSP , and 7 civilians were injured. Police said that a mother and her daughter critically injured in the blast in Shopian have been shift- Bihar girl tops NEET; UP has max successful candidates NEW DELHI, 4 JUNE Bihar girl Kalpana Kumari today bagged the top rank in the National Eligibility-cumEntrance Test (NEET) for admission to medical and dental colleges across the country with the maximum number of candidates clearing the exam belonging to Uttar Pradesh. Kumari secured a percentile score of 99.99 and 691 marks. Telangana's Rohan Purohit and Delhi's Himanshu Sharma jointly bagged the second position with 690 marks. The third rank was shared by Aarosh Dhamija from Delhi and Prince Chaudhary from Rajasthan, both of whom scored 686 marks. A total of 13.36 lakh candidates had registered for the exam, a 16.49-per cent increase from last year. However, 12.69 lakh candidates appeared for the test, of whom 7.14 lakh cleared it. As many as 76,778 candidates from Uttar Pradesh cleared the test. Over 72,000 and 70,000 candidates cleared the test from Kerala and Maharashtra respectively. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had conducted the test on May 6. The test was conducted in 136 cities in 11 languages. The NEET is conducted by the CBSE for admission to MBBS and BDS courses in colleges run with the approval of the Medical Council of India (MCI) and the Dental Council of India (DCI). ed to the government medical college hospital at Srinagar for treatment. The terrorists targeted a police vehicle and the SHO of Shopian police station, Inspector Gulzar Ahmad and constables Altaf Ahmad, Javed Ahmad and Nazir Ahmad were among the injured. A police spokesman said that the grenade exploded along the roadside amid the civilian population. Two injured women, Farida and Nadiya, were shifted from the district hospital to the Srinagar hospital for treatment. Seven persons, including four CRPF personnel, were injured when terrorists tossed a grenade in the Tahab Choke in Pul- wama town. Police said that the three civilians injured in the grenade blast have been shifted to Srinagar for treatment. All injured were stable, police added. Terrorists have been on a grenade-hurling spree ever since the Centre announced unilateral ceasefire for Ramadan. The Jaish-e-Mohammad ( JeM) has owned responsibility of these grenade blasts. On Saturday, eight people including four Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers and an equal number of civilians were injured in three grenade attacks in Srinagar. On Friday, militants had fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the house of a PDP legislator in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district but it exploded without causing any damage, police said. The attack on the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) MLA Mushtaq Ahmad Shah’s house in Tral town came two days after a rocket-propelled grenade was fired at National Conference leader Muhammad Ashraf Bhat’s house in the town. Jammu and Kashmir director general of police SP Vaid said that four miscreants of a module involved in carrying grenade attacks have been arrested. The police out verifying whether the JeM was involved in these blasts. EC teams in MP to probe ‘fake voters’ STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE BHOPAL, 4 JUNE A day after the Madhya Pradesh Congress lodged a complaint alleging there are 60 lakh fake voters in the state, four teams of officials of the Election Commission of India (ECI) reached MP today to probe the opposition party’s allegations. The ECI teams would send daily reports to the ECI about their respective investigations. The final report would be submitted on June 7. MP Congress chief Kamal Nath along with MP election campaign committee chairman Jyotiraditya Scindia, Digvijaya Singh and other senior leaders had lodged the complaint in New Delhi on Sunday. The Congress had alleged that there are almost 60 lakh fake voter names in the state assembly constituencies of Narela in Bhopal district, Bhojpur in Raisen and Hoshangabad and SeoniMalwa constituencies in Hoshangabad district. All the four constituencies in question are represented by heavyweight BJP MLAs. Acting on the complaint, the ECI has dispatched four teams comprising two officials each to probe the allegations. One of the tasks of the teams is to find out if any fake or bogus voter names have been added deliberately. In that case, the probe teams would also fix responsibility on the official/s involved so that action can be taken against them. The ECI team that has come to Bhopal to investigate the voter lists of Narela constituency includes ECI Principal Secretary (PS) Sumit Mukherjee and IT director V N Shukla. MP cooperatives department minister of state Vishwas Sarang is the sitting BJP MLA from the seat. He is the son of senior BJP leader Kailash Narayan Sarang. Another team comprising PS Anuj Jaipuriar and IT expert Vijay Kumar went to the Bhojpur constituency. State culture and tourism minister Surendra Patwa, son of former CM Sunderlal Patwa, is the MLA A third team comprising PS K N Bhar and IT expert Sonal Kharbanda went to Hoshangabad constituency where Assembly Speaker Dr Sitasaran Sharma is the sitting MLA. The fourth team consisting of secretary B C Patra and IT expert Ankit Singh headed for Seoni-Malwa assembly constituency. Former MP PWD minister Sartaaj Singh is the sitting BJP MLA. Act as changemakers, President tells Governors STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 4 JUNE President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday asked Governors to "help in the shaping of a road map for the betterment of lives of our fellow citizens", especially Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes who have not benefited as much as expected from the country’s development journey. Inaugurating the two-day 49th Governors’ conference here, the President said the Constitution gives the Governors "an exalted place in the scheme of governance", and they are to work as “mentor and guide” to the state governments while being an important link in the federal structure. He said the Centre had initiated several programmes for the benefit of disadvantaged people, while 115 “aspirational districts” had com- o provide relief to sugarcane farmers and ensure clearance of their dues, the Central government is going to bring out a comprehensive package of more than Rs 8,000 crore to facilitate clearing the accumulated cane arrears of more than Rs 20,000 crore, said informed sources. The move seems to be part of the government's plan to appease farmers ahead of the 2019 general elections. A decision in this regard is expected to be taken in the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs scheduled tomorrow, the sources added. "The package will include creation of buffer stock of 30 LMT for which the money will be transferred directly to the accounts of the sugarcane farmers. The creation of such a buffer stock will facilitate clearing of cane dues of the farmers and also ensure regular supply of sugar in the market by maintaining the demand and supply balance," said a source. The cost of creation of the buffer stock, including carrying costs and other incidental charges is estimated to be around Rs T India captain Sunil Chhetri, playing his 100th international game, struck twice to power India into the final of the Intercontinental Cup with a convincing 3-0 win over Kenya in Mumbai on Monday. AFP PRESS TRUST OF INDIA BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 76.05 -0.74 A SWEET DEAL NEW DELHI, 4 JUNE THUMBNAILS Meghalaya violence: The Army conducted flag marches on Monday after a fresh outbreak of violence, including an attack by protesters on a CRPF camp on Sunday night, in the Meghalaya capital Shillong where authorities reimposed curfew. More that 15 companies of CRPF (100 personnel each) have been deployed in Shillong, officials said, while the Centre sent an additional 10 companies of paramilitary forces to restore peace in the city where normal life was disrupted for the fourth day following clashes between local tribals and Punjabi residents. Three CRPF personnel were injured when local protesters pelted stones at their camp in Mawlai, an official of the central paramilitary force said. SILVER 39,700.00 +200.00 To help clear accumulated arrears of `20,000 crore Moon phase: Third quarter on 7 June A police officer carries a baby after the eruption of the Fuego Volcano, in El Rodeo village, Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City on Monday. At least 25 people were killed when the volcano erupted. AFP P11 `8,000 cr bailout for sugarcane farmers on anvil LEADING FROM THE FRONT WEATHER JOE IS ROOTED IN REALITY DESPITE VICTORY mitted themselves to speedy development. The country has 100 million tribal population. The Governors should take note of these facts, and guide “a spectrum of stakeholders” in their efforts to work for the welfare of the poor, including farmers and young people, he said. Referring to the commemorative functions on the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi, President Kovind told the Governors to remem- ber Gandhiji’s talisman, and while judging “the efficacy of any action we contemplate, we should ask ourselves if it would be of help to the weakest, poorest and most disadvantaged person we know". Outlining an agenda for the Governors, the President Kovind said, “India is blessed with the largest youth population in the world. As Governors, you are guardians of our youth – in the sense that you can inspire young people to absorb the right moral val- ues and you can motivate them to both pursue modern education and remain sensitive to our Indian ethos.” He said 69 per cent of all universities in the country come under the purview of state governments. About 94 per cent of students get enrolled for higher education study in these universities. “In your capacity as Chancellors of state universities, it is for you to provide the necessary impetus and inspiration to these institutions and to enhance the level of scholarship,” he said. "As Governors of your states, it is for you to engage the youth and motivate them to use their academic achievements for the welfare of society and of our country. We need to strive collectively for a better life for our coming generations," President Kovind said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also addressed the inau- gural session of the Governors’ conclave at Rashtrapati Bhavan. "The Prime Minister spoke at length about how Governors could leverage their experience in different walks of life, so that people derive maximum benefit of various central development schemes and initiatives. He said the institution of Governor has a pivotal role to play within the federal structure and Constitutional framework of our country," a PMO statement quoting PM Modi said. The PM also suggested that Governors should visit some of the recently-electrified villages "to witness firsthand the benefits of electrification". He said Governors in states with a large population of tribal communities could also help ensure that benefits of government initiatives in the field of education, sports and financial inclusion reach them. CMYK The package will include creation of buffer stock of 30 LMT for which the money will be transferred directly to the accounts of the sugarcane farmers. The package would also include a major scheme of more than Rs 4,400 crore for increasing the ethanol capacity in the country which will help in diversion of sugarcane for production of ethanol in surplus season The government is also understood to have decided to fix a minimum price for sale of sugar at around Rs 29 per kg and to put a mechanism in place to keep the retail price of sugar under control 1,200 crore, they said. According to sources, the package would also include a major scheme worth more than Rs 4,400 crore for increasing the ethanol capacity in the country which will help in diversion of sugarcane for production of ethanol in surplus season to facilitate timely payment of sugarcane dues to the farmers. “The government is also understood to have decided to fix a minimum price for sale of sugar at around Rs 29 per kg which will help clearance of sugarcane dues to the farmers. At the same time, a mechanism will be put in place to ensure that the retail price of sugar is kept fully under control and sufficient sup- Swaraj calls for setting up BRICS security forum STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 4 JUNE External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday called for the establishment of a BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) security forum to intensify cooperation among members of the grouping in strategic areas like security, counter-terrorism and deradicalisation. Addressing the BRICS foreign ministers’ meeting in Johannesburg, she referred to the recent BRICS National Security Advisors’ (NSAs) meeting which had deliberated in detail on issues like UN reforms, peacekeeping, energy security, international and regional hot-spots and other such issues. The meeting was attended by Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi, Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, Brazil foreign minister Marcos Bezerra and South African foreign minister Lindiwe Sisulu. It is being held to prepare the ground for the 10th BRICS Summit later this year in Johannesburg at which Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead the Indian delegation. Ms Swaraj recalled that BRICS leaders had given their foreign ministers a ‘robust mandate’ on counter-terrorism at the Xiamen BRICS Summit last year. PM Modi had called for a BRICS counter-terrorism strategy for joint-action with the focus on money laundering, terrorist-finance, cyber-space and de-radicalisation as priorities of the five-nation grouping, she added. “Our leaders have also called for making UN counterterrorism framework efficient and effective. We reiterate our commitment to implement our Leaders’ mandate on counter terrorism under South Africa’s BRICS chairmanship,’’ she said. The minister said the BRICS meeting was taking place at a time when multilateralism, international trade, and rulesbased world order faced strong head-winds. Though the global economy has exhibited signs of recovery, the challenges to long-term growth continue to persist. Ensuring that the benefits of globalisation were shared widely remained a challenge, she added. She noted that BRICS countries had contributed to global stability and growth in a world drifting towards uncertainty. The grouping had played an important role in shaping the global economic and political architecture. plies are maintained throughout the year," said a source. The sugar industry, whose annual output is worth approximately Rs 80,000 crore, is an important agro-based industry that impacts the livelihood of about five crore sugarcane farmers and around five lakh workers directly employed in sugar mills. Government data said that the sugar season of 2017-18 witnessed highest ever sugar production in the country but the depressed global price of sugar and the surplus domestic production has led to a decline in the market price of sugar leading to accumulation of cane arrears of more than Rs 20,000 crore. Cong demands Smriti’s ouster for MP funds’ misuse AHMEDABAD, 4 JUNE The Gujarat unit of the Congress has demanded the resignation of textiles minister Smriti Irani for alleged financial irregularities in spending from her MP Local Area Development (MPLAD) funds. Ms Irani, a Rajya Sabha member from Gujarat, had adopted a village in Anand district under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) in which the irregularities have taken place, the Congress has alleged while demanding her resignation from the Union Ministry. Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee president Amit Chavda said that Ms Irani had spent the MPLAD funds without inviting any tenders in her adopted village. Chavda said that the contracts for the works were awarded without tenders to Sharda Manjoor Kamdar Sahkari Mandli under pressure from Ms Irani and her staff. “Smriti Irani and her staff had coerced the officials into awarding contracts to one Sharda Majoor Kamdar Sahkari Mandli... so that funds could be easily misused and misappropriated and fraud goes unnoticed,” he said. The Congress had in July 2017 moved the Gujarat High Court against the alleged irregularities after the Anand district administration found serious ‘malpractices’ in the spending by Ms Irani. The district collector had in February this year ordered the Mandli to return Rs 2.95 crore to the government with 18 per cent interest. The money has not been deposited into the government’s account till now, said Chavda. “After these revelations of malpractices, Irani has no moral right to continue as minisSNS ter,” he said.
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