CMYK MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 11 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 P2 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky with spells of rain/ thundershower. Maximum and minimum temperature 33/27 degree celsius RAINFALL: 6.9 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.92% TEMPERATURE ICICI BANK, CHANDA KOCHHAR FACE US REGULATORY PROBE DOORS OPEN FOR CONG-BSP TIE-UP IN MADHYA PRADESH SHAH ATTACKS CONGRESS’ POOR TRACK RECORD P2 P0 PRESS TRUST OF INDIA PRESS TRUST OF INDIA QINGDAO, 10 JUNE Max: 35.6°C (+1) Min: 26.8°C (N) SUN RISES SUN SETS 04:52 hrs 18:21 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 02.40 hrs 15:44 hrs ndia was the only country today in the eightnation Shanghai Cooperation Organisation grouping which opposed China's ambitious Belt and Road Initiative with Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that any mega connectivity project must respect sovereignty and territorial integrity of the countries. A declaration signed by leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) countries, including Modi, at the end of a two-day summit of the bloc said Russia, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have been“reaffirming” their support for China's Belt and Road Initiative. In his address at the summit, Modi, in a clear reference to the BRI, said any mega connectivity project must respect sovereignty and territorial integrity of the countries and assured that India will support projects which ensure inclusivity. “Connectivity with the neighbouring countries is India's priority. We welcome the connectivity projects which are sustainable and efficient and which respect territorial integrity and sovereignty of the coun- I New moon on 13 June THUMBNAILS A woman poses with a cardboard hat of the Houses of Parliament as she marches to celebrate a hundred years since women won the right to vote in central London on Sunday. AFP JEE results out: The results for the 2018 Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced for admission to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) were announced on Sunday with Pranav Goyal from Panchkula in Haryana bagging the top rank, scoring 337 marks out of 360. The second position was secured by Kota's Sahil Jain while Delhi's Kailash Gupta got the third spot. Meenal Parekh from Kota in Rajasthan is the topper among girls with 318 marks. PM Narendra Modi (R) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) arrive for a signing ceremony during the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit in Qingdao, China. AFP tries,” he said. India has been severely critical of the BRI, the pet project of Chinese President Xi Jinping, as the USD 50 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is part of the BRI, passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). India says it cannot accept a project that ignores its core concerns on sovereignty and territorial integrity. In his address, Xi also talked about BRI, noting that member countries should respect choice of development paths and accommodate each other's core interests and major concerns. “All parties will continue to work in line with the Lateral entry: Opening the doors of bureaucracy for private sector professionals, the government on Sunday invited applications for 10 Joint Secretary level posts through lateral entry. The government said the proposal of lateral entry was aimed at bringing in "fresh ideas and new approaches" to governance and also to augment manpower. The joint secretary post is usually filled through competitive exams conducted by the UPSC. principle of mutual benefit to improve regional economic cooperation arrangements, enhance the Belt and Road cooperation and complementarity of our respective development strategies,” he said. Modi, in the presence of Xi and Russian President Vladimir Putin, said India's commitment to connectivity projects was reflected in its involvement in the International North South Corridor project, development of the Chabahar port and Ashgabat agreement. China had unveiled the BRI in 2013 with an aim to link Southeast Asia, Central Asia, the Gulf region, Africa and Europe with a network Jaitley pitches for executive role in appointment of SC judges STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 10 JUNE Nipah contained: Kerala health minister KK Shailajasaid on Sunday said that the Nipah virus outbreak that has claimed 17 lives in Kozhikode and Malappuram disticts in the state has been contained. She told mediapersons that the virus was not confirmed in any of those who were under observation after May 31. In this backdrop, it has been decided to relax the high alert issued in mid-May after the outbreak of the disease, she said. All the educational institutions whose reopening after summer vacation was postponed, will reopen on 12 June, she added. QINGDAO, 10 JUNE Union minister and senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley, citing past precedents, on Sunday underlined the important role of executive in appointment of Supreme Court judges. The Congress’ recent ‘hue and cry’ over the government decision to refer the recommendation for appointment of a judge back for consideration was uncalled for, Jaitley said.“The hue and cry made by my friends in the Congress Party recently when the Government referred a case back for reconsideration, fades into ... oblivion. It is part of the much diluted role of an elected Government that relevant inputs be brought to the notice of the collegium. This is (in) consonance with democratic accountability,” Arun Jaitley wrote in a blog post. He noted that ‘through a series of judicial pronouncements the court started diluting the role of executive in judicial appointments. He said the Constitution of India envisaged ‘an important role’ for the executive.“It is a part of the democratic accountability,” he wrote. “Past experiences perhaps weighed with the court in diluting the role of the executive in judicial appointments. The executive can give inputs; it can even refer a recommendation back with relevant inputs for reconsideration but is eventually bound by the recommendations. This is contrary to the text of the Constitution,” he asserted. Jaitley recounted times when executive not only recommended names for appointment to post of judges but also questioned the suitability of appointment of even Chief Justice of India. He said this was something‘unthinkable today’. The minister argued that stalwarts like Pundit Nehru and Dr Rajendra Prasad and V V Giri had a say in the appointment of judges and Chief Justice of India. He noted that Nehru had questioned the suitability of Justice H J Kania, the first Indian Chief Justice of the Federal Court, to be the first Chief Justice of India. of land and sea routes. President Xi has already announced that China would invest around $126 billion for the project. However, there has been suspicion among several countries that the main aim of the project is to expand China's influence globally. According to Chinese officials, around 80 countries and international organisations have already inked pacts with Beijing for the ambitious project. “The Member States express appreciation for the joint efforts taken towards its implementation, including efforts to coordinate the development of the Eurasian Economic Union and the BRI and call for using the potential of the regional countries, international organisations and multilateral associations to create a broad, open, mutually beneficial and equal partnership in the SCO space,” said the declaration on the BRI. It said the SCO member countries pointed out the potential of coordinating international, regional and national development projects and strategies for stimulating cooperation in the interests of economic development based on the principles of respect, equality and mutual benefit. China and Russia-led security grouping SCO today resolved to fight terrorism, separatism and extremism with renewed vigour in the next three years and called for unified global counterterrorism front under the coordination of the United Nations. The grouping of eight countries including China, India and Russia, came out with a declaration at the end of its two-day annual summit here, with a resolve to deepen cooperation to contain terrorism, extremism and separatism. In his address at the summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about challenges of terrorism and cited example of the its effects in Afghanistan. “The Member States strongly condemn all forms of terrorism and consider it necessary to make efforts to promote the creation of a unified global counterterrorism front with the central coordinating role of the UN on the basis of international law, without politicisation or double standards,” the Qingdao declaration said. However, the declaration did not mention any terror group. It said all the member countries were for reaching consensus for adopt- PRESS TRUST OF INDIA SINGAPORE, 10 JUNE North Korean leader Kim Jong Un being welcomed by Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan upon his arrival at Singapore International airport in Singapore on Sunday. AFP He thanked Singapore's organisation of the summit as if it was “their own family affair”. “If the summit produces positive outcomes, then the Singaporean government's effort will be recorded in history forever,” Kim said. ”The entire world is focusing on the historic summit between the DPRK (North Korea) and the US, and thanks to your sincere efforts ... we were able to complete the preparations for the historic summit, and I would like to thank you for that,” Kim, speaking through an interpreter, told Lee. Trump and Kim are set to meet on Tuesday at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa for talks which could see North Korea dismantle its nuclear arsenal in return for economic help and security guarantees. The summit will be the first meeting between Trump and Kim and mark a turnaround of relations between the two leaders after a long-running exchange of furious threats and insults. The two leaders have had an extraordinary up-and-down relationship over the past 18 months. Trump had called Kim “Little Rocket Man” and threatened to unleash “fire and fury like the world has never seen” on North Korea as it conducted several ballistic missile tests in defiance of international warnings. In return, Kim, said to be in his mid-thirties, called Trump “mentally deranged” and a “dotard”. North Korea had also threatened to strike Guam, an American territory in the Pacific Ocean. The North Korean leadership, including Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Choe Son Hui has also taunted Washington, calling Vice President Mike Pence a “political dummy.” ing the UN Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism and emphasised the importance of comprehensive measures to reach peaceful settlement of international and regional conflicts. The SCO leaders also adopted a Joint Appeal to Youth, in which they appealed to youths not to get influenced by extremist ideologies. The declaration said the SCO will work to stop the spread of terrorist ideology and eliminate factors and conditions that facilitate terrorism and extremism, acknowledging that there can be no justification to any act of terrorism or extremism. “The Member States note that the interference in the domestic affairs of other states under the pretence of combatting terrorism and extremism is unacceptable, as well as the use of terrorist, extremist and radical groups for one's own purposes,” the declaration said. The SCO also called for “effectively fulfilling” the requirements of specialised UN Security Council resolutions to counter any forms of financing of terrorism and providing material and technical support to it. In relation to the developments in the Middle East, the SCO talked about growing threat from foreign terrorists who return to their countries or find shelter in third countries to continue their terrorist and extremist activity within the bloc. This photo, taken by German government photographer Jesco Denzel, showing US President Donald Trump talking with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other G7 leaders at the G7 Summit in Canada, has gone viral on social media. AFP Trump hopes the landmark talks will kick-start a process that eventually see Kim give up his nuclear weapons in an irreversible manner that can be verified internationally. In March, Trump surprised the world by accepting an invitation from Kim to meet in person. But last month, Trump abruptly cancelled the Singapore summit, citing the “tremendous anger and open hostility” by Pyongyang. However, he took a U-turn soon and said the White House was proceeding with the preparations for the summit. Ahead of his much-anticipated meeting with Kim, the US President sounded optimistic and said the meeting would be a “one-time shot” at peace. “I feel that Kim Jong Un wants to do something great for his people. And he has that opportunity, and he won't have that opportunity again,” Trump said. While en route to Singapore, Trump said he looked forward to meeting Kim on what he CMYK Journalists take photos of a giant screen showing heads of state of members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation posing for a photo in Qingdao on Sunday. AFP BODY LANGUAGE Trump, Kim reach Singapore for summit US President Donald Trump arrived in Singapore today to join North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for a historic summit which could lay groundwork for ending a nuclear stand-off between the two countries and see Pyongyang dismantle its arsenal in return for economic help and security guarantees. Trump, 71, landed at Paya Lebar Airbase on board Air Force One after cutting short his time at the G7 summit in Canada. He was received by Singapore's Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan. Hours earlier, Kim had arrived in a jet and was received by Balakrishnan before heading to St Regis Hotel. “Welcomed Chairman Kim Jong Un, who has just arrived in Singapore,” Balakrishnan tweeted. Kim held a meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong ahead of the planned summit. P11 India again says no to SCO calls for global front to fight terror groups China’s Belt and Road Connectivity projects must respect sovereignty: Narendra Modi Min. 63% SALAH RECALLS THE NASTY FOUL BUT CARRIES ON anticipated would be an exciting day. “I am on my way to Singapore where we have a chance to achieve a truly wonderful result for North Korea and the World,” Trump wrote in a pair of tweets. “It will certainly be an exciting day and I know that Kim Jong-un will work very hard to do something that has rarely been done before ... Create peace and great prosperity for his land. I look forward to meeting him and have a feeling that this one-time opportunity will not be wasted!” Singapore will spend about 20 million dollars to host the historic summit between Trump and Kim, Prime Minister Loong revealed. Singapore is one of the few countries that have diplomatic relations with both the US and North Korea. It has been used before for high-profile diplomatic occasions. In 2015, the leaders of China and Taiwan held historic talks in the city-state - their first in more than 60 years. Trump fury torpedoes Canada’s G7 summit AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE QUEBEC CITY, 10 JUNE The G7 summit ended in a farce and a renewed threat of global trade war on Saturday as US President Donald Trump abruptly rejected the text of a consensus and bitterly insulted the Canadian host. Just minutes after a joint communique that had been approved by the leaders of the Group of Seven allies was published in Canada’s summit host city Quebec, Trump launched a Twitter broadside from aboard Air Force One. The US leader had left the meeting early en route for Singapore and a historic nuclear summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, only to take exception to comments made by Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a news conference back on the ground. “Based on Justin’s false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our US farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our US Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the US Market!” Trump tweeted. “PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that ... he will not be pushed around.' Very dishonest & weak.” Earlier, Trudeau had told reporters that Trump’s decision to invoke national security to justify US tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium was “kind of insulting” to Canadian veterans who had stood by their US allies in conflicts dating back to World War I. “Canadians are polite and reasonable but we will also not be pushed around,” he said. Details on page 10
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