FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 08 JUNE 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR IRAN RAMPS IT UP OMAR BLAMES J&K GOVT FOR MESS P5 SENSEX 35,463.08 +284.20 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky with possibility of thundery development likely to occur towards night. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 40 and 30 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Min. 35% Max: 41.4°C (+1) SUN RISES 05:23 hrs MOON RISES 02:05 hrs Min: 29.2°C (+1) SUN SETS 19:18 hrs MOON SETS 13:38 hrs TEMPERATURE NIFTY 10,768.35 +83.70 ` vs $ 67.12 -20.00 PAISE Taking U-turn, Congress hails Pranab’s speech 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. (P16) Sacked employee fires at Japanese firm’s HR 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 P2 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 P2 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 inciP13 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. P7 HALEP STORMS INTO FRENCH OPEN FINAL P13 P8 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 7 JUNE Max. 74% PAK SC ALLOWS MUSHARRAF TO CONTEST POLLS GOLD 29,670.00 +110.00 P15 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 Uturn 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 non-violence as the centre-stage of our public life," Surjewala said. "Mr Mukherjee also reminded the present Narendra Modi government 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, thought-process and path" and "accept the sagacious advise of their guest Mr Mukherjee". Earlier in the day, the Congress's 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". TURN TO PAGE 5 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 reli- gious 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 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 itself a nationalist and cultural organisation rather Modi to meet Xi at SCO Summit 7 chargesheeted in Kathua case STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 7 JUNE PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday on the margins of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit to be held in the Chinese coastal city of Qingdao this weekend. The meeting will provide an opportunity to the two leaders to review progress in bilateral ties since their informal summit inWuhan when they agreed not to allow the differences between their two countries to become disputes. Briefing the media here onThursday, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the PM would also be holding bilateral meetings with other leaders attending the summit. However, the schedule of these meetings was being worked out. It will be the first SCO summit since the organisation was expanded with the inclusion of India and Pakistan as its full members at the Astana summit in Kazakhstan in June 2017. The SCO has undergone an extraordinary development process and become a comprehensive regional organisation with vast influence since its inception 17 years ago. A declaration is expected to be adopted by member-states at the end of the summit. Certain other documents are also being finalised for adoption. Leaders of the eight SCO member states and the four observer states, as well as heads of international organisations will attend the summit to exchange views on combating terrorism and extremism, enhancing security and economic cooperation and improving global governance. The SCO's full members are China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan. Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran and Mongolia are observers at SCO meets. In his address, Modi is expected to highlight India’s concern over cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan. New Delhi will also attempt to get its concerns over Pakistan-sponsored terrorism incorporated in the ‘Qingdao Declaration’. PATHANKOT (PUNJAB), 7 JUNE 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. 'Centre keen to hold talks with right-minded people in J&K' m STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, 7 JUNE Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said that any decision to extend the unilateral ceasefire in Kashmir beyond the holy month of Ramzan would be taken only after taking into account the ground situation and discussing the issue with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on the basis of the feedback of the security forces. He appealed all sections of the society, including the Hurriyat, to join the talks and participate in the peace process. “You do not have to be like-minded for a dialogue. You have to be rightminded,” he said. Rajnath, who was talking to media persons in Srinagar, said that he reviewed the security scenario with top brass of the security forces. He also separately met Governor NN Vohra and Mehbooba and also attended the Iftaar hosted by her. Replying to questions whether the ceasefire would be extended till the two months duration of the Amarnath pilgrimage beginning on 28 June, Rajnath did not rule out any possibility and said that a final decision will be taken keeping in view the overall situation in the state. The Home Minister hit out at the Hurriyat leaders for instigating the Kashmiri youth to indulge in stone-pelting Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh speaks next to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti during a press conferAFP ence in Srinagar on Thursday. whereas their own children were studying in good edu- cation institutions. J&K youth should be considered like your own children, he told the Hurriyat leadership, asking them not to play with their future. The youth of J&K are the future of this country, he said, adding “The entire country has an emotional connect with the youth of Jammu and Kashmir. Their talent is appreciated by the entire nation.” He said, "They (separatists) can play any kind of politics, but they should not play with future of children, these children are not only children of Kashmir but also of India, they are an asset. Keeping this in mind we took back cases of about 10,000 first-time stone-pelters.” Rajnath asked separatists, "Giving your children the best of education, and handing out stones to children of others?". He added, "I always felt there is a lot of talent in youth here, IAS, IIM etc results are a proof. But the youth is being misguided by certain forces." He made it clear that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has firm conviction about finding a solution to the problem in Kashmir that has been lingering for 70 years. The Centre’s representative Dineshwar Sharma has visited J & K eleven times and held discussions with a cross section of the society. "I have no hesitation in saying that our security forces including Army and Police, have worked with utmost restraint," the Home Minister claimed. "There are powers which have been trying to dissuade the youth of Jammu and Kashmir. Do these people want that the youngsters of Jammu and Kashmir play with stones and fire? Do they not want a change?” he asked. Rajnath said Pakistan should ensure that terrorism should not emanate from their soil and if they want India can assist them in wiping out terrorism in their country. Anti-India forces did not relish it becoming the fastestgrowing economy. They were thus triggering terrorism but India has the capacity to clear such hurdles, he added. 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 phonein, 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 Blank-like 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 12
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