CMYK THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 14 JUNE 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 20 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P9 SENSEX 35,739.16 +46.64 WEATHER Sultry weather. Maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to be around 37-28 degree celsius, respectively. RAINFALL: 2.4 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Min. 51% Max: 36.5°C (+2) SUN RISES 04:52 hrs MOON RISES 05.13 hrs Min: 26.0°C (-1) SUN SETS 18:22 hrs MOON SETS 18:57 hrs TEMPERATURE P6 NIFTY 10,856.70 +13.85 First quarter moon on 24 June THUMBNAILS Smoke billows from the top floor of a Mumbai high rise residential building after a fire broke out on Wednesday. AFP Indian student racially abused for defending hijab-clad woman in UK: A 28-year-old Indianc origin student in the UK has been racially attacked by a white man, shouting “Brexit, go back home” after the Briton made sexist remarks towards a hijab-clad woman, media reports said on Wednesday. Rickesh Advani, a political science student at Cambridge University, confronted the man for his comments towards the woman, only to be hit with an outburst of racial abuse, Cambridge News reported. US approves sale of Apache attack helicopters, missiles to India: The Trump administration has approved a deal to sell six AH-64E Apache attack helicopters to India for USD 930 million as well as Hellfire and Stinger missiles to bolster the country's ability to defend its homeland and deter “regional threats”, the Pentagon said. The Pentagon's notification to the Congress comes ahead of the first 2+2 dialogue between India and the US next month in Washington DC. The sale is expected to pass through if no lawmaker opposes it. Manika Batra accepts PM’s challenge: Country's new table-tennis sensation Manika Batra on Wednesday accepted the fitness challenge from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said she will share her fitness video soon. “I happily accept the challenge and will be sharing my work-out video soon” said Manika, who is in Pune to compete in the Ultimate Table Tennis league. “It is very important to stay fit for a longer and healthier life not only for us sports persons but also for everyone,” she P4 added. PhD must for asst professors: In order to improve the standard of education in universities, regulations of appointment and promotion of assistant professors have been changed by the HRD Ministry. According to the new regulations, the candidates who apply for assistant professorship must have PhD. Earlier, a candidate with a post-graduate degree was considered for getting an appointment in a university. The candidate had to clear the National Eligibility Test conducted by the CBSE. An assistant professor, under the new regulations, can also get promoted to the position of professor in colleges also. GOLD 29,730.00 -20.00 Karti’s firms received `1.16 crore bribe in Aircel-Maxis deal: ED tells court NEW DELHI, 13 JUNE Former Union minister P Chidambaram's son Karti controlled two firms which allegedly received Rs 1.16 crore as bribe money in the Aircel-Maxis money laundering case, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) today said in its charge sheet filed before a Delhi court. Though the name of P Chidambaram, who was also quizzed recently by the CBI and the ED in the INX media and the Aircel-Maxis money laundering cases respectively, was mentioned in the charge sheet, the Congress veteran has not been arrayed as an accused in the probe report which would now be considered by the court on July 4. The ED filed the charge sheet before Additional Sessions Judge Ruby Alka Gupta for consideration and subsequent issuance of summons to the accused including Karti. The probe report said the payments of Rs 26 lakh to Advantage Strategic Consultancies Private Limited (ASCPL) and Rs 90 lakh to Chess Management Services Pvt Limited (CMSPL) respectively were made as alleged bribe money by parent company of Aircel Ltd, namely Aircel Televentures Ltd (ATVL) and Maxis and its associate Malaysian companies respectively. Referring to contents of the charge sheet, special public prosecutors Nitesh Rana and N K Matta said that Karti was controlling ASCPL and CMSPL, the alleged beneficiaries of bribe amount of Rs 1.16 crore, and Karti was trying to project this as untainted money. The probe agency also made it clear that it may file supplementary charge sheets in the case which apparently keeps open the chances of arraying more persons as accused. Apart from Karti, the agency has also named ASCPL and its directors Padma Bhaskararamana and Ravi Viswanathan, and CMSPL and its director Annamalai Palaniappa in the charge sheet under section 4 (punishment for money laundering) of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). “Investigation carried out under the PMLA so far has revealed that Karti P Chidambaram is linked BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 75.66 -0.22 4 BSF personnel killed in Pak firing with individuals and companies involved in financial transaction and companies holding such companies as per diagram... “Investigation has revealed that ASCPL and CMSPL are controlled and owned by Karti Chidambaram and his close associate S Bhaskararaman. Investigation has further revealed that ASCPL received money from ATVL, parent company of Aircel Ltd., in close proximity to receipt to FIPB (Foreign Investment Promotion Board),” the charge sheet, filed through advocate A R Aditya, said. It alleged that Karti received Rs 26 lakh from ATVL in ASCPL, on April 11, 2006, immediately after the approval under the head of payment of consultancy services, it said. “Similarly CMSPL received an amount of approximately USD 2,02,447 between period 2007-11 against invoices raised between 2007-09. The payments were received from Maxis and its associates in guise of charges for a software which was designed for use by an Indian company and could not at all of any use by a Malaysian company,” it said. The ED had registered the case under the sections of PMLA on February 7, 2012 on the basis of an FIR registered by the CBI. AGENCIES WASHINGTON, 13 JUNE tweeted as he arrived back in Washington. Trump also said that his meeting with Kim was an “interesting and very positive experience” and that “North Korea has great potential for the future!” The two leaders met on Tuesday, signing a joint statement on denuclearisation and reducing tensions. President Trump said afterwards that sanctions on North Korea would remain in place for now, but would be lifted once “nukes are no longer a factor”. He also announced an unexpected end to US-South Korea military drills. The move - long demanded by Pyongyang - has been seen as a major concession to North Korea P11 SILVER 40,700.00 +100.00 Force to lodge protest with Pakistan against ‘unprovoked’ firing SNS & PTI JAMMU, 13 JUNE our Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, including an assistant commandant-rank officer, were killed and three others were injured as Pakistan Rangers opened fire along the International Border in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir in “betrayal” of a truce announced recently, officials said today. The “unprovoked” firing in Ramgarh sector, which began last night, came days after the two border guarding forces, at a sector commander-level meeting on June 4, agreed to maintain peace and tranquillity along the IB. “Since the ceasefire was on...the time we use to strengthen our defences. A team was going with defence material, Pakistan violated the ceasefire and fired at them with flat trajectory weapon followed by mortar firing. That is how the casualty has taken place,” Additional Director General (ADG) of BSF West, ern Command, K N Chaubey, told reporters here. Another team of the BSF led by Assistant Commandant Jitender Singh rushed to evacuate them and a mortar fired from Pakistan's Asraf Post explod- F NK no longer a nuclear threat to US: Trump An upbeat President Donald Trump declared today that North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat to the US following his landmark summit with Kim Jongun, even though the meeting produced no verifiable proof that Pyongyang will dismantle its nuclear programme. US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said America hopes for 'major' North Korea disarmament by 2020. Speaking the day after an unprecedented summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Pompeo told reporters negotiations on Pyongyang's atomic arsenal could move forward quickly and would take place “most certainly in the president's first term.” In a series of tweets, Trump sought to take political credit for the summit but risked undermining the US strategy in the region. “Just landed - a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office,” Trump RAHANE EXPLAINS WHY INDIA HAVE TO BE RUTHLESS P3 ` vs $ 67.65 -16 PAISE SNS & PTI Max.95% DALAI LAMA HAILS SINGAPORE SUMMIT MAN WHO COULD BE KING GAYOOM SENTENCED TO 19 MONTHS IN JAIL and appeared to take US allies in the region by surprise. Trump also said in a separate tweet that North Korea is “no longer” the US' “biggest and most dangerous problem,” telling Americans and the rest of the world they can “sleep well tonight!” After returning to the White House, Trump also defended his decision to halt the joint military exercises with South Korea, which he called “war games” -- a term used by Pyongyang -- arguing on Twitter that the US will “save a fortune.” “There is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea,” he maintained. “President Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most dangerous problem. No longer sleep well tonight!” Trump's tweets pointed to one of the chief gains at the summit from the US point of view -- that its scheduling and the establishing of a relationship between the President and Kim have eased fears that the two sides are on a slide toward a disastrous war. After nearly five hours of unprecedented talks between Trump and Kim yesterday, the two leaders signed a document in which Kim “reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula” and the US agreed to “provide security guarantees.” However, there was no mention of the previous US aim of “complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation” from Pyongyang. Kim invited Trump to visit North Korea and the US President accepted, Pyongyang state media reported today. Editorial: A watershed moment, P 6 J&K CM expresses anguish and grief SRINAGAR, 13 JUNE Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today expressed deep anguish and grief over the death of four BSF personnel, including an officer, in firing by Pakistan Rangers in the Ramgarh sector of Samba district. Four BSF personnel, including an assistant commandant-rank officer, were killed and three others injured in firing by Pakistan Rangers along the International Border in Samba district. Paying rich tributes to the slain personnel, the chief minister iterated her demand for cessation of hostilities along the border to protect the ed close to them at the Chamliyal Border Out Post, resulting in fatal causalities, he said. The BSF ADG said that it was very unfortunate and “the ceasefire announcement made and agreed is to be honoured”. “We have honoured it and Pakistan has not honoured it. And what Pakistan does is Pakistan's busi- lives and properties of the border people who, have been caught in a distressing situation of the past few months which has put them to vulnerability. Mehbooba said the suspension of operations elsewhere in the state has given the people a sigh of relief and hoped the same is extended to the borders and an atmosphere of PTI peace returns. ness and how we respond to betrayal is our job,” he said. Assistant Commandant Jitender Singh, SI Rajneesh, ASI Ramniwas and Constable Hansraj were killed in the Pakistani firing. Eleven BSF troops have been killed in cross-border firing incidents along the International Border (IB) in How can a commando be so afraid to return to his country: Pak SC to Pervez Cong wrests Jayanagar seat from BJP in Karnataka DAWN/ANN & AGENCIES BENGALURU, 13 JUNE ISLAMABAD, 13 JUNE Pakistan's Supreme Court today gave former military ruler Pervez Musharraf a deadline until tomorrow afternoon to present himself in the court in the lifetime disqualification case against him, taunting that how can a commando be so afraid to return to his country. Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Saqib Nisar, who is heading a threejudge bench hearing Musharraf's appeal against his 2013 disqualification by the Peshawar High Court, warned that if the former president does not show up in court by 2 pm tomorrow, a decision would be taken in the case according to law. Last week, the apex court had allowed Musharraf, 74, to file nomination papers to contest the July 25 general elections on the condition that he would appear in person before the court today in Lahore to attend the hearing in the case. Although Musharraf's nomination papers for Chitral's NA-1 seat were submitted earlier this week, the former dictator did not appear in court today despite Supreme Court orders that his national identity card (CNIC) and passport were unblocked in order to facilitate his travel. Expressing strong displeasure when Musharraf did not turn up and told the court through his lawyer that he needed guarantees for security, Justice Nisar said, “The Supreme Court is not bound to Musharraf's terms.” Spain chop off the head as Hierro replaces Lopetegui ED MALYON MOSCOW, 13 JUNE They broke the mould by winning the European Championship without a striker and now Spain must go one step further and win the World Cup without their manager. Julen Lopetegui had his Spain contract terminated on Wednesday morning after being announced as Real Madrid’s new head coach on Tuesday afternoon. Tuesday was a wild day in Madrid, where Florentino Perez rang the Spanish FA (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales just five minutes before announcing Lopetegui’s hire. At that point, Rubiales was in Moscow for the Fifa congress but immediate- ly stormed out of his hotel and took a late flight to Spain’s base in the southern city of Krasnodar. “We thank Julen for all he has done,” said Rubiales on Wednesday, by now somewhat calmer, “but we are forced to dismiss him.” In 24 hours, Spain had gone from being one of the favourites for the World Cup - a perfectly-balanced squad, a coach the players knew and trusted, the right mix of youth and experience - to being a headless body flailing around Krasnodar, arms waving, everybody staring. Rubiales’ brief Press conference on Wednesday lunchtime was the end point of that decapitation process, and he ended his appearance without naming a permanent replacement for the 53-yearold Lopetegui.Whose head they decide to ultimately plonk on the body may be irrelevant, this is as traumatic a footballing event as you could think of to happen on the eve of the World Cup but particularly so when your first game is on the second day of the tour- nament against the European Champions.You have to be sure to make this decision and Rubiales certainly seems so, but it doesn’t make him right. “The problem is how things have been done with the total absence of participation of the Spanish Football Federation, that is something we cannot ignore, Lopetegui is an impeccable professional but the process is important.“ Albert Celades had always seemed the most likely candidate to replace Lopetegui for the tournament because he is already part of the setup but they have instead gone for a steadier, more experienced hand in Fernando Hierro technical director of the RFEF. THE INDEPENDENT. CMYK Jammu and Kashmir till date in 2018, the highest casualty figure for the border force in a year in the past five years, the latest data revealed. Amid anti-Pakistan sloganeering, BSF personnel paid tributes to their four colleagues at a wreath laying ceremony organised at the force's frontier headquarters at Paloura in Jammu. Asked whether the BSF would lodge a protest with Pakistan, the BSF ADG said, “Of course, it would.” He asserted that it was premature to say if Pakistan Army's special operation team BAT was involved in the attack. In a statement, the BSF said, “Around 2140 hours Pak Rangers Post Asraf started unprovoked firing on BOP Chamliyal with flat and high trajectory weapons. Retaliating this unprovoked fire, Jitender Singh, Assistant Commandant, SI Rajneesh, ASI Ramniwas, Constable Hansraj attained martyrdom. Three other bordermen received severe injuries. Injured BSF personnel have been evacuated to hospital.” The firing continued till 4.30 am. In a tweet, Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) S P Vaid expressed condolences. 2026 WC in US, Mexico, Canada MOSCOW, 13 JUNE The US, Mexico and Canada will host the 2026 World Cup after a clear victory over underdogs Morocco in a vote by FIFA member nations today. The joint North American bid received 134 of the 203 votes, while Morocco polled 65 in the ballot at a FIFA Congress held in Moscow on the eve of the 2018 World Cup. It means global football's showpiece event will return to the North American continent for the first time since 1994 when the US hosted the tournament. Bid leader Carlos Cordeiro said his team was “humbled by the trust our colleagues in the FIFA family have put in our bid”. He said the tournament had an opportunity to put football “on a new and sustainable path for generations to come.” It will be the first World Cup to be expanded to 48 teams, posing an enormous logistical challenge for the hosts. US President Donald Trump tweeted: “The U.S., together with Mexico and Canada, just got the World Cup. Congrats - a great deal of hard work!” AFP The Congress today wrested the Jayanagar seat from the BJP further fortifying , the ruling JD(S)-Congress coalition in the Karnataka Assembly. Congress' Sowmya Reddy beat her nearest BJP rival B N Prahlad by a margin of 2,889 votes in the seat represented by her father and former minister Ramalinga Reddy four times in the past. Election officials said Reddy secured 54,457 votes against Prahlad's 51,568. This is the second straight win for Congress since it formed a coalition government with the JD(S) on May 23 after the Assembly elections delivered a hung House, with the BJP emerging as the single largest party having 104 MLAs. Earlier, it had retained the R R Nagar seat, polling for which was deferred following allegations of large-scale electoral malpractices. With today's win, the Congress now has 79 MLAs in the 224-member Assembly, which has an effective strength of 222. The JD(S) of former prime minister H D Deve Gowda has 36 MLAs. Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy had won from two places and had to resign from one, while Congress MLA from Jamkhandi Siddu Nyamagouda was killed in a road accident. The 115-member JDSCongress coalition also has the support of an Independent, and an MLA each of the fledgling KPJP and the BSP. The KPJP and BSP MLAs are ministers. Unlike the election for R R Nagar seat where the Congress and JD(S) fought against each other despite being coalition partners, JD-S made its candidate PTI quit the contest.
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