SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 09 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 P11 P9 SENSEX 35,443.67 -19.41 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Light rain/thundershowers accompanied with squall likely to occur. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 39 and 31 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY 10,767.65 -0.70 Min. 44% Max: 40.5 °C (0) SUN RISES 05:23 hrs MOON RISES 02:41 hrs Min: 32°C (+4) SUN SETS 19:18 hrs MOON SETS 14:35 hrs Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu at an iftaar party hosted by him in Vijayawada on IANS Friday Lightning kills 11 in Bihar: At least 11 people were killed and 13 injured as lightning struck parts of Bihar on Friday, officials said. According to the officials of the Bihar State Disaster Management Authority, six people were killed in Saharsa district, four in Darbhanga and one in Madhepura district. The injured have been admitted to local hospitals for treatment. The state government has ordered an ex-gratia payment of `4 lakh each to the kin of those who lost their lives in the lightning strikes, said an official. Metro station firing: Three passengers, including a child were injured after being hit by a bullet which accidentally came out from a service rifle of an RPF staff at Dum Dum Metro station in Kolkata on Friday afternoon. The incident occurred around 2 p.m. when the RPF constable was receiving the INSAS rifle from a colleague during change of duty. The rifle accidentally slipped out from the hand of an RPF staff and a bullet came out and it ricocheted after hitting the floor at the station complex. Splinters from the bullet hit a woman, her nine-year old son and a Metro employee,” Metro spokesperson Indrani Banerjee said. Celebrity chef ‘commits suicide’: Renowned chef, food critic and writer Anthony Bourdain has died of a suspected suicide. He was 61. Bourdain, best known for his CNN series “Parts Unknown”, was in Strasbourg to shoot for the new season of the show, reported the network. “It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” CNN said. “His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family.” P12 GOLD ‘Maoist plot to assassinate PM’ P15 30,843 +153.00 SILVER 39,922 +117.00 BRENT OIL (IN $) 76.62 PARTY TIME M aoists are planning to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi the way Rajiv Gandhi was killed, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and the state police said today, citing a letter allegedly seized from a person arrested two days back. Fadnavis said the state police, while arresting five people two days back, seized “internal communication” in which a maoist commander has asked his cadre that Modi should be assassinated. He said a probe is underway to find more links in connection with the alleged plot. The letter, which talks about the assassination plot, was recovered from the house of Rona Wilson who was among five people arrested from Mumbai, Nagpur and Delhi in connection with 'Elgar Parishad' held in Maharashtra in December and the subsequent Bhima-Koregaon violence in the district, the police said. The letter addressed to one Comrade Prakash by sender who identifies himself as 'R', talks about “Rajiv Gandhi-type incident” and suggests that Modi should be targeted during one of his “road shows” It talks about the requirement of Rs 8 crore for procurement of M-4 assault rifle along with four lakh rounds Naxal killed RAIPUR, 8 JUNE: A naxal commander was today gunned down in an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Bijapur district, police said. The gun-battle took place early this morning in the jungles of Jaramongia. PTI of ammunition for the purpose. All the five were yesterday produced before the sessions court which remanded them in police custody till June 14. The letter reads:“Defeating Hindu fascism has been our core agenda and a major concern for the party. Several leaders from secret cells as well as open organizations have raised this issue very strongly. “Modi-led Hindu fascist regime is bulldozing its way into the lives of indigenous adivasis. In spite of big defeats like Bihar and West Bengal, Modi has suc- Facing flak, the Haryana government on Friday put on hold the notification making it mandatory for sportspersons, employed with the state government, to hand over at least onethird of their earnings from participating in professional sports events or scoring endorsements deals. The Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said he has asked the sports department to put the notification on hold. "I have asked for the relevant file of Sports Department to be shown to me and the notification dated 30th April to be put on hold till further orders.We are proud North Korean leader Kim Jong Un impersonator Howard X (L) and Donald Trump impersonator Dennis Alan (R) react at AFP the Merlion Park in Singapore on Friday. Maoists fighting losing battle: Rajnath STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, 8 JUNE Reacting to reports of Maoists planning to assassinate Prime Minister Narendera Modi by targeting him during his roadshows, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that the Maoists were fighting a losing battle and have considerably lost their influence in areas which were considered their strongholds. Replying to questions of media persons here on the issue, Rajnath said that the security of PM Modi is always taken very seriously. He would review the issue after returning to New Delhi this evening. He said the Maoists had influence in 135 districts that has reduced to 90 districts during the four year rule of the present government. Their influence in the remaining areas will soon be finished. Rajnath was reacting to questions on the revelation that the Pune Police have intercepted internal communication of Maoists planning a 'Rajiv Gandhi type' assassination of Modi by "targeting his roadshows". Union Minister Arun Jaitley today flagged the “dangerous tendency” of Maoist expanding activities in areas beyond usual extremism affected regions and attacked “some political parties” for using them ‘Same gun used to kill Gauri, Kalburgi’ Haryana order on athletes put on hold STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE CHANDIGARH, 8 JUNE cessful established BJP government in more than 15 states. “If this pace continues, then it would mean immense trouble for the party on all the fronts. “Comrade Kisan and few other senior comrades have proposed concrete steps to end Modi-Raj. We are thinking along the line of another Rajiv Gandhi type incident.” Rajiv Gandhi, former prime minister, was killed by a woman suicide bomber during a public event in Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu on May 21, 1991. “It sounds suicidal and there is a great chance that we might fail but we feel that the party PB (polit bureau)/CC (central committee) must deliberate over our proposal,” the letter adds. “Targeting his road shows could be an effective strategy. We collectively believe that survival of the party is the supreme to all the sacrifices,” it adds. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an event in Mumbai, Fadnavis said, “In of one of the internal communications (recovered from the arrested people), a commander has directed his cadre that Modi should be assassinated the way Rajiv Gandhi was killed.”The CMadded that “many such communications have been seized during the raids” and “the intelligence agencies are at work and the investigations are probing into more links in this connection.” PRESS TRUST OF INDIA BENGALURU, 8 JUNE of the immense contribution by our sportspersons and I assure them of a just consideration of all issues affecting them," Khattar said in a tweet this evening. The notification issued by Principal Secretary (Sports and Youth Department) Ashok Khemka, on 30 April, had said "one-third of the income earned by the sportsperson from professional sports or commercial endorsements will be deposited with the Haryana State Sports Council. The money shall be used for the development of sports in the state,". The notification faced criticism from state's sportspersons many of whom are currently employed with the Haryana government . The same gun was used to kill journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh and rationalist M M Kalburgi in Karnataka, the state forensic science laboratory has confirmed in a report, sources in the SIT said. The forensic report submitted to the Special Investigation Team probing the killing of Lankesh is part of the first chargesheet filed recently by the SIT naming K T Naveen Kumar as an accused. However, Kumar, who was recently arrested, in a statement to the SIT has claimed he had failed to arrange for bullets to execute the plot to kill Lankesh. The chargesheet is the first official confirmation of the link between the two killings which happened after a gap of two years of each other. Kalburgi (77) was shot dead in his house on August 30, 2015, in Dharwad and 55year old Lankesh on September 5, 2017 here. The SIT members had earlier talked about the same-gun theory but for the first time it has come out in the open to show that Kalburgi's murder was the handiwork of the same gang. The bullets in both cases “have been fired through a single country made pistol chambered for 7.65 mm caliber pistol cartridges,” a source said quoting the report. The report also pointed out that the scratches formed by the firing pin on the bullets tallied among themselves. In his recorded statement, a copy of which is available with PTI, Naveen Kumar said he became aware of the conspiracy to kill Lankesh last August after Praveen Kumar, another suspect, told him about it. He further said Praveen Kumar had told him to arrange for bullets to kill Lankesh, but he couldn't complete the task. He told the SIT that he came to know of her killing through television channels. Naveen Kumar also told the SIT that he had met another suspect Sanjay Bansare in last November and was asked by him to arrange for firearms to kill K S Bhagwan, a Kannada writer and rationalist who is also a strong critic of Hindutva. However, Naveeen Kumar's lawyer Vedamurthy alleged that his client gave the statement to SIT under pressure from officials during interrogation. According to the statement, Naveen Kumar had also said he was earlier associated with Sri Ram Sene and Bajrang Dal, and started to promote the Hindu ideology. He said he had also started his own outfit called “HinduYuva Sene”, according to the statement. Moscow students make rare protest against WC AGENCIES MOSCOW, 8 JUNE Construction of the World Cup fan zone outside Moscow's top university is fuelling a rare protest in Russia as students worry thousands of partying football fans will destroy one of the capital's few green spaces. The row pits students at Moscow State University against a recently re-elected PresidentVladimir Putin whose administration does not easily brook dissent and has gone all out to ensure the monthlong football extravaganza goes off without a hitch. The area will have concerts and entertainment for up to 25,000 fans as well a giant interactive screen for those without tickets to watch matches. It is being built in the park below the main building of -0.70 Say Maha CM and cops citing a letter seized from a person PUNE/MUMBAI, 8 JUNE THUMBNAILS ANAND BEATS KARJAKIN TO FINISH JOINT SECOND P12 ` vs $ 67.08 PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Max. 68% TEMPERATURE NIFTY MACRON TURNS ON TRUMP: ‘DON’T MIND BEING G6 IF NEED BE’ GOYAL ANNOUNCES COMMITTEE TO SET UP ARC ‘NOT CENTRAL BUT INDICATIVE PLANNING’ Moscow State University -- one of the city's seven Stalinist skyscrapers -- which overlooks the Luzhniki stadium where the opening match will be played on June 14 as well as the final on July 15. Many of the university's over 6,000 students and employees are not thrilled about their campus hosting the fan zone because of the disruption and damage it will cause. “We started the protest when they told us last year our semester would be cut short because of the fan zone,” said Maria Shekoshkhina, a 26 year-old PhD student. Security services, she said, maintain that the university labs have to close for the World Cup period because of their work with radioactive materials. “There was also a risk that students will be moved out of their dorms to make way for the National Guard, like in other World Cup cities,” she added. The protesting students won what appeared to be a partial victory earlier this year when Moscow authorities assured them this will not happen and moved the fan zone 300 metres (1,000 feet) further from the university. But Shekoshkhina said the university and city authorities have not fulfilled their promises and gone to “absurd” lengths to stop the student protests. When over 200 students protested on May 22, the university “spontaneously deployed” dozens of cleaners to disrupt the event. “There were also lots of FSB (the successor agency of the KGB) there,” Shekoshkhina added. “We've started to recognise them,” she laughed. Two students were arrested that day, though they were released shortly afterwards. When a sign directing visitors was recently defaced with a graffiti tag reading “No Fan Zone”, the police opened a criminal investigation instead of a usual administrative case. They said the damage came to over 65,000 rubles ($1,050, 900 euros). Three students were arrested, with social media saying one was taken by officers during an exam, but they were subsequently released. The university has taken to social media urging students not to take part in protests. Students are also worried that the fan zone will damage the university's protected historic park in an area known as Vorobyovy Gory, or Sparrow Hills. “We're not saying all football fans are wild animals, we just think putting 25,000 people in an area with protected nature is not a good idea,” said Ekaterina Palmina, a 19 year-old student wearing a “Stop the Fan Zone” badge. She pointed to areas where trees have been cut down and historic granite-lined walkways destroyed. Local green activists and ordinary Muscovites have supported the protest, with a petition addressed to Putin requesting the fan zone be moved reaching 14,000 signatures. The university's biology department has been organising walks for Muscovites to see the damage already inflict- ed on the park. “Vorobyovy Gory to Muscovites is like the Bois de Boulogne for Parisians,” said Moscow urban activist Pavel Gnilorybov. The work on the fan zone was rushed, even though Moscow has several other places that are better suited for this,” he added. A month ahead of the opening of the games, two of Moscow's local municipal councils called for the urgent relocation of the fan zone. Yelena Rusakova, an opposition deputy, said the fan zone is “completely illegal” as it lies within two protected areas: the university park and a city forest. “Authorities are ignoring its protected status,” Rusakova said. “FIFA says the World Cup should not damage the nature of the country that is hosting it,” she said. against the ruling NDA. Jaitley, who is recuperating from a kidney transplant surgery at home, in a blog hit at some political parties for using Maoist as an instrument against the ruling NDA. His comments came a day after a letter was reportedly found in the house of a person arrested for alleged maoist “links” that talked about the ultras mulling “Rajiv Gandhi-type incident” and suggesting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be targeted during his “road shows”. HDK allocates portfolios, retains Finance PRESS TRUST OF INDIA BENGALURU, 8 JUNE Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy retained the key portfolio of Finance and gave Home to his deputy G Parameshwara from the Congress, as he allocated portfolios tonight after intense bargaining between the coalition partners. Kumaraswamy is also keeping with him the Energy portfolio which was the bone of contention between the two parties, before the Congress agreed to concede the ground to the JDS. Portfolio-sharing had turned out to be a thorny issue between the Congress and the JD-S and was thrashed out after much haggling, with both parties announcing an agreement on 1 June. While Kumaraswamy's brother H D Revanna has been given PWD, senior Congress leader D K Shivakumar gets Major and Medium Irrigation as also Medical Education after he had insisted on Energy. The portfolio allocation has been made in line with the power sharing agreement. Senior Congress leader RV Deshpande gets Revenue and K J George Large and Medium Industries and IT&BT. The lone woman Minister, yesteryear Kannada actress-turned-MLC Jayamala has been givenWomen and Child development along with Kannada and Culture. M C Managuli, 83, gets Horticulture. SEE ALSO PAGE 6
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