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. Nadal wins French Open: Rafael Nadal claimed an 11th French Open title on Sunday with a 6-4 6-3 6-2 demolition of Dominic Thiem despite a worrying injury scare in the closing stages of the final. The world number one, 32, now has 17 Grand Slam titles, just three behind Roger Federer. Nadal joins Australia's Margaret Court as the only player to win 11 titles at the same major. Victory also took Nadal's record at Roland Garros to 86 wins and just two losses. P12 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 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 Govt opens lateral entry in top bureaucracy; Opp smells a rat INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JUNE 10 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. In an unprecedented move, the Narendra Modi government has sanctioned lateral entry of private individuals into top bureaucracy, arguing it would bring "fresh ideas and new approaches" to governance as also augment manpower. The opposition has called the move a ploy to fill top bureaucracy with "people from the RSS, BJP and some select industrial houses". In an advertisement released on Sunday, the government invited applications for 10 Joint Secretary-level posts through lateral entry. “The government of India has decided to invite talented and motivated Indian nationals willing to contribute towards nation-building to join the government at the The government says the move would bring "fresh ideas and new approaches" to governance as also augment manpower. level of Joint Secretary," said a notification issued by the Department of Personnel and Training. The notification said that candidates with expertise in specific areas of revenue, financial services, economic affairs, agriculture, road transport and highways, shipping, environment and forests, new and renewable energy, civil aviation and commerce can apply for the posts. While candidates from state governments as well as central or state public sector undertakings will be 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. PRESS TRUST OF INDIA SINGAPORE, 10 JUNE appointed on deputation, candidates from private sector will be appointed on contract basis, it said. Reacting to the development, Congress spokesperson P L Punia said: "This is just to sabotage the efficiently-running system and with a view to take people from the RSS, BJP and some industrial houses so that they can directly influence the decision-making of the government." Punia, a former IAS officer himself, said there was a time-tested efficient system of recruitment of IAS and officers in other services. "Why are time-tested UPSC and SSC being sought to be undermined?To fill IAS ranks with Sanghis and undermine reservation too, in the BJP's last few months in office,"CPI-Mgeneralsecretary Sitaram Yechury tweeted. 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 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 com- plete 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.” Trump hopes the landmark CMYK QINGDAO, 10 JUNE 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- 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 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. BODY LANGUAGE 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, Kim arrive in Singapore US President Donald Trump arrived in Singapore today to join North Korean leader Kim Jongun 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. He thanked Singapore's 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 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 anticipated would be an exciting day. US-Canada spat escalates post G7 meet Chhetri in Messi company as India clinch title QUEBEC CITY, 10 JUNE MUMBAI, 10 JUNE The United States and Canada swung sharply toward a diplomatic and trade crisis on Sunday as top White House advisers lashed out at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after US President Trump called him “very dishonest and weak.” The spat drew in Germany and France, who sharply criticised Trump’s decision to abruptly withdraw his support for a G7 communique hammered out at a Canadian summit on Saturday, accusing him of destroying trust and acting inconsistently. Canadian foreign minister Chrystia Freeland responded to the White House comments by saying that Canada will retaliate to US tariffs in a measured way and that Canada will always be willing AGENCIES to talk. Earlier report on P10 Inspirational Indian captain Sunil Chhetri scored a brace to put himself on par with Lionel Messi and lead the home side to a Intercontinental Cup title triumph with a 2-0 win over Kenya in the summit clash here today. Playing in his 102nd international match, Chhetri struck in the eighth and 29th minutes to hand a dominant India the trophy to the wild celebration of fans at the Mumbai Football Arena here. The 33-year-old Chhetri's double strike capped a brilliant tournament which saw him score eight out of India's 11 goals and put him on par with Argentine superstar Messi with 64 strikes for the country to be the joint second highest international goal scorer among active players. He had scored three PRESS TRUST OF INDIA against Chinese Taipei, two each against Kenya in the league game and the final today and one against New Zealand. Chhetri gave India the lead off a set-piece, assisted by Anirudh Thapa. Kenyan defender Bernard Oginga gave away a silly free-kick to India for a high-boot on Chhetri after throw in by Pritam Kotal. The 20-year-old Thapa took the free-kick just outside the box and Chhetri connected the ball into the left-corner of the net. The talismanic Indian captain doubled the lead just before the half-hour mark. Anas Edathodika lofted the ball to Chhetri who controlled the ball nicely on his chest between Kenyan defenders Jockins Atudo and Micheal Kibwage before firing in a low leftfooter from inside the box which gave absolutely no chance to keeper Patrick Matasi. Details on page 12
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