SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 10 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 STOP DUMPING PLASTIC, SAYS THE UNITED NATIONS AS IT WARNS THAT THE WORLD IS CHOKING ON TRASH LOOKING BACK AT INDIA ON THE DAY OF ITS INDEPENDENCE THROUGH THE 'BINOCULARS OF TIME' P1 P 10 MUMBAI MAYHEM WEATHER PM,Xi hold talks to deepen ties Generally cloudy sky. Light rain/thundershowers accompanied with strong gusty winds likely to occur. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 38 and 30 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Global issues also discussed, MoU on Brahmaputra signed Max. 73% Min. 49% Max: 40.1 °C (+1) SUN RISES 05:23 hrs MOON RISES 03:21 hrs Min: 30 °C (+2) SUN SETS 19:19 hrs MOON SETS 15:35 hrs TEMPERATURE PRESS TRUST OF INDIA QINGDAO, 9 JUNE P THUMBNAILS A flooded street during the heavy rains in Mumbai on Saturday which disrupted rail and air traffic. AFP (SEE P6) Summit one-time shot for Kim: Trump t THE INDEPENDENT TORONTO, 9 JUNE First Grand Slam title for Halep: Simona Halep fought back from a set and a break down to finally claim her first Grand Slam title by beating Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in a gruelling French Open final on Saturday. The world No.1 had lost all three of her previous major finals, but staged a thrilling comeback to win after two hours and three minutes. “In the last game I felt like I could not breathe anymore”, said Halep. It was the perfect way for the Romanian to banish the demons of her painful final defeat by Jelena Ostapenko 12 P16 months ago. Dust storm hits Delhi: A dust storm, with winds gusting up to 96 kmph, barrelled through the national capital on Saturday evening, causing flight diversions, disrupting Metro services and uprooting trees. The skies turned dark grey at 5.10 pm and swirling clouds of dust swept through Delhi-NCR, which also received light rains. Services on Red Line and Blue Line of the Delhi Metro were affected briefly, even as 35 flights to Delhi were P2 diverted to nearby airports. EC rejects charges on MP voters’ list, BJP demands Cong apology: While the Election Commission rejected Congress’ allegations of large-scale discrepancies in the voters' list of Madhya Pradesh, the BJP has sought an apology from the Congress. The Congress had claimed that there were at least 60 lakh bogus voters listed in the state. It also submitted evidence to back its allegation. However, the Election Commission (EC) in a letter to the AICC yesterday said, “The allegation of largescale entries of multiple voters in these Assembly constituencies is not borne out”. P4 Donald Trump says his historic summit with North Korea's Kim Jongun is a “one time shot” for the leader of the secretive Communist state. Speaking at the G7 summit in Canada on Saturday, the US President said his meeting with Mr Kim in Singapore sched- uled for Tuesday was a “mission of peace”. Although he conceded he was unsure if the talks would be successful, he said he would “know within a minute” if North Korea was serious about giving up its nuclear arsenal. “I really believe Kim Jong-un is going to do something positive for his people, for himself, his family.” Mr Trump added. “This is unknown territory in the truest sense. But I feel really confident. It's never been done, It's never been tested. So we are going in with a really positive spirit.” The landmark summit between the American and North Korean leaders comes following a dramatic thawing in relations between the two Capital encounter: Gangster among 4 gunned down by cops At the site of the encounter between Delhi Police's Special Cell personnel and several alleged gangsters at Chattarpur in south Delhi AMARJEET SINGH on Saturday. PTI NEW DELHI, 9 JUNE Gangster Rajesh Bharti and three of his associates were killed on Saturday while eight police personnel were injured in a major encounter in south Delhi's Chhatarpur area, police said here. More than 100 rounds were fired by the gang members and the Delhi police's Special Cell in the shoot-out, they said. The deceased were identified as Rajesh Bharti, the gang's king- pin, Sanjeev alias Sandeep Vidroh, Umesh alias Don and Viresh Rana alias Bhiku. One of the criminals, who was injured, was identified as Kapil. The Haryana and Delhi police had announced a reward of Rs one lakh on Bharti's head, P S Kushwah, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell), said. Bharti and Vidroh had escaped from the custody of Haryana Police around a yearand-a-half ago. Bharti's gang was also referred to as the Kranti Gang. Earlier, the gang members were mostly active in Haryana, but in the last one year, they had carried out crimes in Delhi. TURN TO PAGE 6 Disney executive quits amid scandal over ‘unwanted hugs’ AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE LOS ANGELES, 9 JUNE Disney animation chief John Lasseter said today he is quitting, six months after acknowledging in an internal memo that he had made staff feel “disrespected or uncomfortable” with unwanted hugs. The 61-year-old executive, best known for transforming Pixar from a small graphics department at Lucasfilm into the world's most successful animation studio, was the pioneering director of “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2.” Lasseter apologised in November last year to “anyone who has ever been on the receiving end of an unwanted hug or any other gesture they felt crossed the line” and promptly went on sabbatical. “The last six months have provided an opportunity to reflect on my life, career and personal priorities,” the executive said in a statement released by Disney. “While I remain dedicated to the art of animation and inspired by the creative talent at Pixar and Disney, I have decided the end of this year is the right time to begin focusing on new creative challenges.” The Oscar-winning filmmaker and senior executive conceded when the scandal broke that he had been “falling short” in ensuring a culture of “trust and respect” at his animation studios. The admission followed a flood of complaints of sexual abuse and harassment by numerous powerful entertainment industry figures, most notably Harvey Wein- stein, who posted bail of USD 1 million last month after being charged in NewYork with multiple sex crimes. Lasseter's issues were unearthed in an investigation by entertainment trade paper The Hollywood Reporter, which described a “pattern of alleged misconduct detailed by Disney/Pixar insiders.” The weekly's report -never confirmed by Disney or Lasseter -- quoted a longtime Pixar employee claiming Lasseter was known for “grabbing, kissing, making comments about physical attributes.” Multiple sources were quoted alleging that Lasseter was a heavy drinker at company social events and that some women at Pixar knew to turn their heads quickly when encountering him to avoid his kisses. Another move known as “the Lasseter” was deployed to prevent their boss from placing his hands on their thighs, the report said. One source told the paper of “awkward encounters” with Lasseter, who liked to hug in meetings. “You'd hug him and he'd whisper in your ear, a long time,” the source said. “He hugged and hugged and everyone's looking at you. Just invading the space.” Disney said in a statement that was effusive in its praise for Lasseter that the veteran filmmaker would assume a consulting role before leaving in the New Year. “John had a remarkable tenure at Pixar and Disney Animation, reinventing the animation business, taking breathtaking risks, and telling original, high quality stories that will last forever,” Disney chief Bob Iger said. “We are profoundly grateful for his contributions, which included a masterful and remarkable turnaround of The Walt Disney Animation Studios.” nations in recent months. Mr Trump’s administration initially oversaw a heightening of rhetoric of threats and counterthreats over nuclear power, but following diplomatic efforts between North and South Korea during the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang in February, tensions have de-escalated on the peninsula. SEE ALSO PAGE 7 rime Minister Narendra Modi today said he had detailed discussions with Chinese President Xi Jinping on bilateral and global issues which will add further vigour to the IndiaChina friendship after their informal summit in Wuhan. An MoU on sharing hydrological information of the Brahmaputra River by China to India and another pact on amendment of the protocol on phytosanitary requirements for exporting rice from India to China to include non-Basmati rice were signed after the Modi-Xi talks here in the eastern Chinese port city. During their meeting, which came nearly six weeks since the Wuhan summit, the two leaders discussed a blueprint for deepening bilateral relationship. The meeting took place ahead of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit and covered key aspects of the bilateral engagement, reflecting the resolve by the two countries to reset relations and bring back trust in their ties which was hit by the Dok- lam standoff and several other thorny issues. “Met this year's SCO host, President Xi Jinping this evening. We had detailed discussions on bilateral and global issues. Our talks will add further vigour to the India-China friendship,” Modi tweeted after the meeting. Recalling that he and Modi successfully had an informal meeting and reached important consensus in Wuhan, President Xi said the meeting had been well received by both countries and the international community, and a positive atmosphere is taking shape to pay close attention to and support the development of China-India relations. China is willing to work with India to take the Wuhan meeting as a new starting point to continuously enhance political mutual trust and engage in mutually beneficial cooperation across the board, so as to push forward China-India relations in a better, faster and steadier manner, Xi was quoted as having said. MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar described the meeting as “warm” and “forward looking”. Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping has accepted PM Narendra Modi's invitation for an informal summit in India next year, said Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale.
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