CMYK FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 08 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 P6 SENSEX 35,463.08 +284.20 WEATHER Sultry weather. Maximum and minimum temperature to be around 35 and 27 degree celsius, respectively. RAINFALL: 67.8 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.95% Min. 52% Max: 36.5°C (+2) SUN RISES 04:51 hrs MOON RISES 00.42 hrs Min: 28.1°C (+1) SUN SETS 18:20 hrs MOON SETS 12:53 hrs TEMPERATURE New moon on 16 June THUMBNAILS Sachin Tendulkar's son Arjun was included in the U-19 side for the two four-day games against Sri Lanka. Arjun is a left arm fast bowler and a handy lower middle order batsman. Sacked employee fires at Japanese firms’s HRD head: Infuriated at being terminated, a sacked employee along with an accomplice on a bike on Thursday opened fire and injured a Gurgaon-based Japanese firm's human resource wing head, police said. The incident occurred at around 9 am when the victim, Binesh Sharma, HR head of Mitsubishi, was going to his office in a car. Two persons on a bike tried to intercept Sharma's car at gun point. He suffered two gunshot injuries. Abu Salem jailed: A Delhi court on Thursday sentenced gangster Abu Salem to seven years rigorous imprisonment for demanding Rs 5 crore as protection money from a Delhi-based businessman in 2002, saying that he is a “hardened criminal” and the punishment should be a lesson for him and others. Additional Sessions Judge Tarun Sehrawat, while passing the order, said that Salem indulged in activities of extending threats and extortion and had been previously involved in several cases. China says no clue to mystery illness: The US is evacuating several diplomats from China amid concerns that they were suffering from a mysterious illness similar to those reported by its personnel in Cuba, even as Beijing said it has investigated and found “no clue” about the sound attacks. The US move comes after the State Department recently received medical confirmation that one of the US government employees had suffered a medical inciP9 dent in China. Govt to ensure healthcare for all: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday enunciated his government's vision for a healthy India and steps being taken to ensure affordable healthcare to all especially poor and marginalised sections of the country. As part of his interaction with beneficiaries of various Central government schemes, Modi in his 5th such session spoke to people who have benefited from the government's healthcare schemes. OMAR BLAMES J&K GOVT FOR MESS PAK SC ALLOWS MUSHARRAF TO CONTEST POLLS IRAN RAMPS IT UP P9 NIFTY 10,768.35 +83.70 P3 ` vs $ 67.12 -20.00 PAISE Taking U-turn, Congress hails Pranab’s speech STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 7 JUNE FIFA CHIEF TOLD OF THE NEED FOR HONESTY GOLD 29,670.00 +110.00 P12 SILVER 40,250.00 +500.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 76.19 +0.83 Pranab warns against intolerance at RSS rally Ex-President says any attempt to divide India through religion will dilute its existence PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NAGPUR, 7 JUNE Hours after expressing its anguish over Pranab Mukherjee's bid to attend an RSS function at the organisation's headquarters in Nagpur, the Congress party made a U-turn on Thursday night following Mukherjee's speech there and hailed him for having "shown the mirror of truth to the RSS at RSS headquarters by reminding them of India’s pluralism, tolerance, secularism and inclusiveness as an article of faith and soul of the country". The Congress had earlier in the day expressed anguish over its ex-stalwart and former President of India Mukherjee's participation in the RSS function, highlighting that his move distressed millions of the Congress workers and other citizens. Close on the heels of Mukherjee's address to the RSS meet however, the Congress's communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala held a press conference at its headquarters in the national capital, showering praises on the former. "He (Mukherjee) particularly highlighted the imperative need of freeing the public discourse from all forms of violence, physical and verbal, besides putting compassion, harmony and nonviolence as the centrestage of our public life," Surjewala said. "Mr Mukherjee also reminded the present Narendra Modi gov- ernment of following 'Rajdharma' founded upon our diversity, non-violence, multi-culturalism and assimilation of ideas....Indicating the unchecked exercise of authority and attack on institutions in the garb of pseudo-nationalism, he reminded the RSS as also PM Modi that ‘Indian nationalism is Constitutional patriotism'," Surjewala said. The Congress, however, asked the ruling BJP and its ideological mentor RSS whether they were ready to change their "character, orientation, thoughtprocess and path" and "accept the sagacious advise of their guest Mr Mukherjee". Earlier in the day, the Congress senior spokesman Anand Sharma had tweeted, "The images of Pranab Da, veteran leader and ideologue, at RSS headquarters have anguished millions of Congress workers and all those who believed in pluralism, diversity and the foundational values of the Indian Republic". Sharma also said, "Dialogue can only be with those who are willing to listen, absorb and change. There is nothing to suggest that RSS has moved away from its core agenda’’. Former President and Congress veteran Pranab Mukherjee today warned that any attempt to define India through “religion, dogma or intolerance” will only dilute the country's existence, as he attended an RSS event amid criticism by several of his party leaders including his own daughter. Mukherjee said intolerance will only dilute India' national identity and Indian nationalism emanated from universalism, assimilation and coexistence. “In India, we derive our strength from tolerance, and respect our pluralism. We celebrate our diversity,” he said. “I am here to share my understanding on nation, nationalism and patriotism about our country which is 'Bharat',” said Mukherjee, who served as President of India between 2012 and 2017. “We must free our public discourse from all kinds of fear and violence” he said. Before the former president spoke, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said the debate over Mukherjee's decision to attend the RSS event was “meaningless” and no one is an outsider for his organisation. While the Sangh is often described as a Hindu rightwing organisation, it calls itself a nationalist and cultural organisation rather than a political or religious ‘Govt keen to hold talks with right-minded people in J&K’ one. It was founded by Keshav Baliram Hedgewar , on September 27, 1925 on Vijayadashami day at his house here. Mukherjee's decision to attent the RSS event has already triggered a major political slugfest with several Congress leaders criticising his decision. Mukherjee's daughter and Congress leader Sharmistha had yesterday said her father was giving the BJP and the Sangh a handle to plant false stories with his decision to speak at the RSS event. Speaking ahead of Mukherjee's speech, Bhagwat said Mukherjee will remain what he is and the Sangh will remain the Sangh even after the event. Bhagwat said his organisation wants to unify the entire society and no one was an outsider for it. People may have dif- ferent views but they are all children of mother India, he said. Bhagwat said the Sangh has inviting prominent people to its event every year. Those present at today's event also included former prime minister Lal Bahadu Shastri's son Sunil Shastri, as also Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's nephew Ardhendu Bose along with his wife and son. Earlier in the day, Mukherjee described 7 chargesheeted in Kathua case PRESS TRUST OF INDIA PATHANKOT (PUNJAB), 7 JUNE SNS & PTI SRINAGAR, 7 JUNE The Modi government is keen to hold dialogue with all “right-minded” people in Jammu and Kashmir to bring lasting peace in the state, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today. Singh, who is on a twoday visit to the state, said a decision on extending the ongoing suspension of operations against militants beyond Ramzan will be taken after reviewing the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. “Dialogue can be held with everyone. It is not necessary to be like-minded to hold talks, but it is compulsory to be rightminded,” he said, offering an olive branch to the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh speaks next to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufty (L) during a press conference in Srinagar on Thursday. AFP separatists. The Home minister said at a press conference that the central government has appointed a special representative for holding talks with all stake-holders in Jammu and Kashmir. “The special representative has not been appointed for sightseeing. He has come here 11 times so far,” he said referring to the appointment of former director of the Intelligence Bureau Dineshwar Sharma as the centre's representative to Jammu and Kashmir in October last year. Singh appealed to the people of Jammu and Kashmir to come forward for bringing back peace in the state. Hedgewar as a “great son of Mother India' as he visited the birthplace of the RSS founding Sarsanghachalak. “Today I came here to pay my respect and homage to a great son of Mother India,” Mukherjee wrote in a visitor's book at Hedgewar's birthplace ahead of his much-anticipated speech at the RSS headquarters here. While the Sangh is often described as a Hindu rightwing organisation, it calls A court here, hearing the brutal gang rape-and-murder case of an eight-yearold girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir, today framed charges against seven of the eight accused, paving way for beginning of trial against them, officials said here. The district and sessions court has framed charges under various sections of the Ranbir Penal Code including 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 302 (murder) and 376-D (gang rape), special public prosecutor J K Chopra said here. The accused against whom charges were framed were Sanji Ram, his son Vishal, special police officers Deepak Khajuria alias Deepu and SurinderVerma, Parvesh Kumar alias Mannu, head constable Tilak Raj, and sub-inspector Arvind Datta. Sanji Ram is considered to be the main accused who is alleged to have hatched the conspiracy with other accused for kidnapping the girl as a carefully planned strategy to remove the minority nomadic community from the area. The fate of the eighth accused, who is a juvenile and nephew of Sanji Ram, was yet to be decided after the crime branch of J&K Police claimed that he was an adult, Chopra said. The court also framed charges for destruction of evidence and under section 328 (causing hurt by poisoning with an intent to hurt) of the RPC. The two policemen -- Tilak Raj and Arvind Datta -- were also charged under Section 161 (public servant taking illegal gratification) of the RPC, special public prosecutor said. Defence counsel contested before judge Tejwinder Singh that Parvesh Kumar was a juvenile which was strongly opposed by the prosecution, he said, adding the judge has asked the state to file their objections. The crime branch had filed a charge sheet on April 9 in Kathua in the case of kidnap, rape and murder of the eight-year-old girl from Jan 10 this year. She was killed on Jan 14 and her body was recovered on 17 January. Despite CM efforts, basic facilities lacking in hosps SHUDDHANTA PATRA KOLKATA, 7 JUNE Despite chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s efforts to improve the state health care system the stark reality of patients being forced to fend for themselves for even the barest minimum facilities became evident today at two major state hospitals of the city ~ SSKM and RG Kar Medical College and Hospital. A man was seen carrying his 85 year-old mother in his arms after the SSKM Hospital authorities failed to provide a stretcher for the old woman. He was coming out of the Emergency OPD block of the premier state- run hospital. Pain and suffering were writ large on the face of the miserable octoge- narian woman.When a reporter asked him why he was cradling his mother in his arms to the ambulance instead of shifting her on stretcher, an angry Rajesh said : “We didn’t get a trolley, that’s why.” It was 1 p.m. and the blazing sun was sapping the energy of the man, when this happened. Too many people were found waiting for a trolley in the hospital premises. Another patient, who could barely walk, was found dragging himself within the hospital premises. His relatives were seen providing physical support. Several other people were found waiting for trolleys. Some of them waited with their patients, while others lifted their ailing relatives and A patient’s relative said : “It’s not possible to wait all the time. When an emergency patient is in dire need of a stretcher, the patient’s family cannot wait for an indefinite period for a stretcher to take him to a doctor. The patient may die while waiting.” SSKM Hospital carried them to different departments. “We have to leave for Midnapore. It’s quite far. We cannot wait for hours RG Kar Hospital for one trolley,” said Shovan Maiti, whose old father was the patient. “This happens when too many patients crowd out- side the Emergency ward. That is when scarcity of stretchers occurs”, said a doctor who assists in the Emergency ward CMYK of SSKM. A patient’s relative said : “It’s not possible to wait all the time. When an emergency patient is in dire need of a stretcher, the patient’s family cannot wait for an indefinite period for a stretch- er to take him to a doctor. The patient may die while waiting.” The scene was not much different at R G Kar where an accident victim was seen being carried by her relatives to the Emergency ward. The relatives pointed out to this report a shocking spectacle ~ a trolley being used to carry bricks instead of a patient outside the Cardiovascular Science unit. The hospital superintendent Dr Suddhodhan Batabyal said : “I am not going to say anything on this matter”. However, the vice principal Dr Prabir Kumar Mukhopadhayay denied there was any crisis for trolleys and claimed the trolley carrying bricks could be owned by a contractor working in the hospital. itself a nationalist and cultural organisation rather than a political or religious one. It was founded by Hedgewar , on September 27, 1925 on Vijayadashami day at his house here. The name 'Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh' was selected for the organisation on April 17, 1926 from a list of four names -- Jaripatka Mandal, Bharat Uddharak Mandal, Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. Mukherjee had to walk through narrow lanes to reach the house where Hedgewar was born and also removed his shoes before entering the place. Mukherjee, who reached Nagpur last evening, has been invited by the RSS to address its Shiksha Varg and attend a parade by the Sangh workers on completion of the training camp. Putin warns of third World War over US hegemony MOSCOW, 7 JUNE Vladimir Putin has told Russians their lives were about to get better, as he warned Europe against American hegemony and the prospect of a “Third World War.” “Einstein said the fourth world war will be fought with sticks and stones,” the president said, during his annual phone-in with members of the public. “The understanding that a third world war could be the end of civilization should restrain us from taking extreme steps on the international arena that are highly dangerous for modern civilization.” The president’s marathon phone-in, a tradition of the Russian political calendar, is a heavily managed and rarely dangerous spectacle. This year, even the studio audience was done away with; in its place was a Blankety Blanklike screen of governors and ministers. It was a visualisation of Russia’s new feudalism: The bad boyars, ready to be admonished by the good tsar in front of a live audience. There was the usual economic pre-amble, with Mr Putin listing the country’s achievements. THE INDEPENDENT SEE ALSO PAGE 10
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