WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 13 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 PATEL PROMISES TO STRENGTHEN BANKING SYSTEM P5 P7 SENSEX 35,692.52 +209.05 WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Strong dust raising surface winds likely to prevail during day time. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 41 and 32 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 58% TEMPERATURE NIFTY 10,842.85 +55.90 NEYMAR ENTHRALS AUDIENCE DURING BRAZIL PRACTICE P13 ` vs $ 67.49 -7 PAISE GOLD 29,750.00 +35.00 P16 SILVER 40,600.00 +150.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 76.26 -20.00 Singapore hosts historic summit Kim promises complete denuclearisation in return for security guarantees from Trump THE STRAITS TIMES/ANN AND AGENCIES Sidelights SINGAPORE, 12 JUNE Min. 36% Max: 41.7°C (+2) SUN RISES 05:23 hrs MOON RISES 05:48 hrs MALAYSIAN KING JOINS AUSTERITY DRIVE WITH PAY CUT NO DISSENT OVER MINISTERIAL BERTHS: SIDDARAMAIAH Min: 30.5°C (+3) SUN SETS 19:20 hrs MOON SETS 18:49 hrs THUMBNAILS Secular writer, publisher shot dead in Bangladesh: A prominent Bangladeshi writer and publisher Shahzahan Bachchu, 60 (pic), was dragged out of a shop and shot dead by unidentified attackers in central Bangladesh, ending a P13 lull in the killings of secular bloggers. Vajpayee’s condition stable: The condition of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who was admitted to AIIMS in New Delhi with urinary tract infection, lower respiratory tract infection and kidney issues, was stable on P10 Tuesday, the hospital said. Rahul to face trial in RSS defamation case: Rahul Gandhi will face trial in a defamation case filed against him by an RSS worker, with a court at Thane in Maharashtra Tuesday framing charges against him even as he pleaded not guilty. The 47-year-old Congress president appeared before civil judge A I Sheikh in Bhiwandi, who read out the charges levelled against P7 him and also the complainant's statement. 80-yr-old Singapore Supreme Court table used for Trump-Kim summit: An 80-year-old teak wood table previously used by Singapore's Chief Justices played a part in today's historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The two leaders and their delegations sat at the historic table during the delegation-level meeting at Capella Singapore hotel in Sentosa Island. N orth Korean leader Kim Jongun on Tuesday pledged to work towards “complete denuclearisation” in return for security guarantees from the US as Donald Trump wrapped up his historic summit with outcomes that could ease tensions and reshape the geopolitics of the Asia-Pacific region. Yesterday's conflict does not have to be tomorrow's war, Trump said following more than four hours of intense talks with Kim, which he described as “honest, direct and productive.” Trump said Kim reaffirmed his commitment to denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and also agreed to destroy a missile engine test site. We are ready to write a new chapter between our nations, Trump told reporters after the much talked about summit the first between a sitting US president and North Korea's top leader. He also announced that he would halt US military exercises in South Korea, something widely seen as a concession as Pyongyang has long claimed they are invasion rehearsals. The president, however, said the sanctions on North Korea Trump shows Kim interior of his limousine 'The Beast': President Trump showed off the interiors of his presidential limousine nicknamed “The Beast” to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as they strolled around the Capella hotel after the summit. As the two leaders strolled around the grounds where they are having their first-ever summit, they walked up to the eight-tonne bulletproof limousine. Trump was seen gesturing before a Secret Service agent to open the door. Kim peeked inside. US President Donald Trump (R) and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un shake hands following a signing ceremony AFP during their historic US-North Korea summit. for its nuclear tests will remain for now. Trump and Kim conducted a comprehensive, in-depth, and sincere exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of new relations between the two countries and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula, according to a joint statement signed by Trump and Kim. “President Trump committed to provide securi- My talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un were honest, direct and productive. However, sanctions on North Korea for its nuclear tests will remain for now. ty guarantees to the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea), and Chairman Kim Jong-un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula,” the statement said. It said the two sides committed to recovering POW/MIA (prisoners of war and missing in action) remains including the immediate repatriation of those already identified. SEE ALSO PAGES 9, 12 HIGHLIGHTS Trump said: “We will be stopping the provocative war games which will save us a tremendous amount of money.” Trump's declaration that the US would end joint military drills with South Korea, fulfils a major demand by NK that thinks they are invasion rehearsals. US President said he wants to withdraw his troops stationed in South Korea, like he had promised during his election campaign. Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK and Kim reaffirmed his firm commitment to complete denuclearisation. The two sides vowed to recover POW/MIA (prisoners of war and missing in action) remains including repatriation of those already identified. We have decided to leave the past behind. The world will see a major change. It was not easy to get here, there were obstacles but we overcame them to be here. The summit is a dramatic step forward in the long journey towards lasting peace and stability on a denuclearised Korean Peninsula. DONALD TRUMP KIM JONG-UN U LEE HSIEN LOONG US PRESIDENT NORTH KOREAN LEADER PRIME MINISTER OF SINGAPORE Mix of Western, Asian dishes served at Trump-Kim summit during lunch: US President Donald Trump on Tuesday joined North Korean leader Kim Jongun for a working lunch which had a mix of Western and Asian dishes, such as Korean stuffed cucumber and beef short rib confit with some Haagen-Dazs ice cream to top things off. After their bilateral meeting at the Capella hotel in Singapore's Sentosa island, Trump and Kim met for a working lunch along with their aides. Singapore hotel offers 250 free Trump-Kim burgers to celebrate summit: A luxury hotel in Singapore today distributed 250 special Trump-Kim burgers with American and Korean taste among public to celebrate the historic summit and allow people to enjoy the friendship while eating. The mini burgers were snapped up by people within 25 minutes, The Straits Times reported. White House restricts US press access to summit: The White House restricted journalists' access to parts of President Trump's summit with Kim on Tuesday despite long-standing arrangements intended to ensure the public is kept fully abreast of key presidential moments, such as the first meeting in history with a North Korean leader. Under standard rules agreed to by the White House and the press corps, a full pool of reporters travels with the president at all times. Kejriwal, Ministers continue Spiritual guru ‘commits suicide’ in MP sit-in protest at Raj Niwas SNS & PTI INDORE, 12 JUNE JUNAID KATHJU NEW DELHI, 12 JUNE Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his three senior Ministers, who spent the entire last night on "dharna" at the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal's office over their demands, continued their sit-in protest at the LG office's waiting room on Tuesday. Stepping up their indefinite protest, one of these Ministers, Satyendar Jain, also launched an indefinite hunger strike there from this morning. CM Kejriwal, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, and Ministers Gopal Rai and Jain had gone to meet LG Baijal at 5.30 pm yesterday to press for their three demands ~ a direction to Delhi's IAS officers to end their "nearly four-month-old strike", action against officers who have been on such a strike, and approval of doorstep delivery of rations. Dissatified by the LG's "continued inaction" over their demands, the CM along with the three Ministers came out of his chamber and, in an unprecedented move, started their dharna (sit-in protest) at Raj Niwas' waiting room. They spent the entire last night on the sofas there. The ruling AAP and its leaders, including Kejri- wal and Sisodia, have unleashed a scathing attack on the LG and the Narendra Modi government, charging that Prime Minister Modi's Office has allegedly been "using" the LG to "orchestrate" the officers' strike and "derail" the AAP government's multiple programmes and schemes meant for the welfare and empowerment of denizens of the national capital. They have also maintained that Kejriwal and his Ministers' dharna at Raj Niwas will continue indefinitely, including for the second night tonight, until their demands are met. TURN TO PAGE 10 Spiritual guru Bhayyu Maharaj, who had refused to accept ministerial rank granted by the Madhya Pradesh government over two months back, on Tuesday allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself here, police said. “Bhayyu Maharaj has committed suicide by shooting himself at his home,” Indore's Deputy Inspector General (DIG) H C Mishra said. Another top police officer told PTI, “He shot himself on his right temple in a room bolted from inside. His body was brought out by breaking the door of the room and taken to hospital, where he was declared 'brought dead'.” The exact cause behind his extreme step would be known after a detailed probe, he said. The officer said a notepad was found in his room on which he had purportedly written, 'Somebody should be there to handle duties of family, I am leaving, too much stressed out, fed up'. The family members of the spiritual guru claimed that this was his own handwriting but the police will verify this through experts, the officer said. Deshmukh's first wife, Madhavi, had passed away in November 2015. Later in April last year, he had married Dr Ayushi Sharma, a native of Shivpuri. He has a daughter from his first wife. The body of Bhayyuji Maharaj, whose original name is Uday Singh Deshmukh, As reports about the incident spread, supporters gathered in front of Bombay Hospital where the 50year-old 'godman' was rushed after the shooting incident. The saint is very popular in Maharashtra and MP because of his spiritual and social works was taken to Government MY Hospital for post-mortem. Indore Collector Nishant Warwade said under what circumstances he committed suicide is a matter of investigation and only after that there will be clarity. As the reports about the incident spread, a large number of his supporters gathered in front of Bombay Hospital where the 50-year-old 'godman' was rushed after the shooting incident. The saint is very popular in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh because of his spiritual and social works. Bhayyu Maharaj was one of the five 'saints' to whom the Shivraj Singh government of Madhya Pradesh had granted Minister of State (MoS) rank in April. However, he had refused to accept it, saying “a post holds no importance for a saint”. Prior to becoming the spiritual guru, he had done a modelling stint, his disciples said. He enjoyed a large following among politicians and film stars. Most of Maharashtra leaders, including Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, former chief minister late Vilasrao Deshmukh and former President Pratibha Patil used to pay obeisance to him. Narendra Modi, as Gujarat Chief Minister, had invited him to end his three-day Sadbhavana Upwas (Goodwill Fast) in September 2011 at Ahmedabad. This high profile Spiritual Guru had offered juice to Modi to end his fast. When India Against Corruption (IAC) movement led by Anna Hazare was at its peak some years back, he had negotiated with the agitators to break their fast.While paying tribute to Bhayyuji Maharaj, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister tweeted, “My tribute to saint Bhayyuji Maharaj’’. This World Cup will see politics and football mix like never before THE INDEPENDENT Vladimir Putin arrived in Zurich in December 2010 with a smile on his face, a spring in his step and a speech in his pocket. Just hours earlier, Russia had been named as hosts of the World Cup for the first time. Now the Russian president simpered ingratiatingly at the dais before his assembled audience, addressing them in a language he could speak well, but hardly ever did publicly. “From the bottom of my heart,” he said in tentative but fluent English, “thank you.” Putin extolled the virtues of football as a force for good in the world. He told the story of how in his hometown of Leningrad (now St Peters- burg), while the Nazis laid siege to the city during the Second World War, while bombs rained down, while food and fuel ran out, football continued. He promised to throw the world a safe and comfortable party in 2018. “We also have a couple of offers,” he added, still in English, and sounding very much like a waiter listing the specials. “Visa-free entry. Free-of-charge trips between cities. Besides, you can get to know Russia: a unique country with a long history and a rich culture. Not bad. Not bad at all.” This was Russia whipping out a giant bouquet and turning on the charm: just a global superpower, standing in front of a large body of football administrators, asking it to love them. It was the same sugary tug on the heartstrings that had won them the bid in the first place, ahead of Spain and Portugal, Belgium and Holland, the combined intellect of David Beckham, David Cameron and Prince William. The pitch, essentially, was this: we’ve changed. Russia wants to open its arms to the world. But we need your help. Last Friday, Fifa’s World Cup YouTube channel issued a welcome address by President Putin - now eight years older, even more secure in power, Russia’s longest-serving leader since Stalin. The words were similar - football, passion, Russia, unique, great honour - but the delivery could almost have come from a different speaker. Now Putin Defending champ Germany arrive MOSCOW, 12 JUNE Germany landed in Moscow today to attempt to successfully defend their World Cup title and hoping to leave the controversy surrounding Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan behind them. The Germans took off stood, solemn and unsmiling, in front of a Kremlin backdrop. Apart from a cursory greeting at the end, the entire speech was given in Russian. The message was clear: we’re in charge now. At which point, you may charitably surmise that over the last eight years, something must have got lost in the translation. Perhaps it was the invasion of the Crimea. Or the time it shot down a passenger jet and killed 298 people. Or the time it tried to murder one of its former spies in the Salisbury branch of Zizzi’s. Or the time it orchestrated an enormous state-sponsored doping programme. Or the time it leapt to the defence of murdering cretin Bashar alAssad. Or the numerous occasions when it is believed to have interfered in foreign elections. Or the extensive sanctions imposed by many Western from Frankfurt in pouring rain hoping captain Manuel Neuer will stay fit after eight months on the sidelines with a foot fracture. German fans took a dim view of the perceived divided loyalty, by booing the pair in a friendAFP ly defeat to Austria. countries, or the fact that Russia would flatly deny almost all of the charges laid above. But it’s fair to say, with just a pinch of understatement, that the whole open-arms thing didn’t quite go as planned. And so, here we are: on the eve of a World Cup that, even in an age of permanent hyperbole and infinite superlative, feels cosmically and unknowably vast. The popular metaphor is of a travelling circus, but the World Cup has long since overgrown that. To its millions of adherents, it’s a sort of footballing supernova: an astonishing natural phenomenon that glows with white heat for a few short weeks, mesmerising us with its rich colours and otherworldly shapes, before collapsing in on itself and disappearing from the sky as quickly as it emerged. To its detractors the World Cup is more of a giant, diseased squid: covered in welts and axons and suction cups and parasites, changing colour according to its mood.
The Statesman is one of India's oldest English newspapers. It was founded in Kolkata in 1875 and is directly descended from The Friend of India (founded 1818). The Englishman (founded 1821) was merged with The Statesman in 1934. The Delhi edition of The Statesman began publication in 1931. The Statesman Weekly is a compendium of news and views from the Kolkata and Delhi editions. Printed on airmail paper, it is popular with readers outside India. The Statesman (average weekday circulation approximately 180,000) is a leading English newspaper in West Bengal. The Sunday Statesman has a circulation of 230,000.