www.thestatesman.com MONDAY 18 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 FORM NATIONAL PANEL ON FARM LOAN: CAPTAIN P12 P4 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky with very light rain/drizzle likely to occur. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 38 and 28 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 71% Min. 42% Max: 36.8°C (-3) SUN RISES 05:24 hrs MOON RISES 11:11 hrs Min: 28.2°C (0) SUN SETS 19:21 hrs MOON SETS 23:33 hrs TEMPERATURE THUMBNAILS Rescue ship Aquarius enters the port of Valencia on Sunday. The 630 migrants whose rescue sparked a major migration row in Europe began disembarking in Spain after a turbulent week (P12) that saw Italy turn away the ship. AFP ISRO clears GSAT-11 for launch: The ISRO has 1 cleared for launch GSAT-11, the satellite which was recalled from Kourou in French Guinea for thorough checks, after the loss of contact with another satellite that was launched from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh in March this year, an official said. The 5,700-kg GSAT-11 satellite was slated for launch on 26 May from Kourou, But the loss of contact with GSAT-6A led to the ISRO recalling GSAT-11 for conducting thorough checks. CAMBODIAN PRINCE HURT, WIFE KILLED IN ROAD CRASH MERKEL SEEKS MIGRANT TALKS WITH EU STATES P13 Govt calls off J&K ceasefire Today’s Matches Sweden v South Korea 5:30 p.m. Belgium v Panama 8:30 p.m. Tunisia v England 11.30 p.m. P15 Champions crash to Mexico defeat Decision taken with Amarnath Yatra in mind STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 17 JUNE T he Centre today called off its month-long suspension of operations against militant groups during the holy month of Ramadan in Jammu and Kashmir and directed the security forces to take "all necessary action" at the earliest to prevent terrorists from launching attacks and indulging in violence. "Security forces are being directed to take all necessary actions as earlier to prevent terrorists from launching attacks and indulging in violence and killings," Union home minister Rajnath Singh said in a statement but made it clear that the government will continue with its endeavour to create an environment free of terror and violence in the state.“It is important that all sections of peace-loving people come together to isolate the terrorists and motivate those who have been misguided to return to the path of peace,” he said.The Centre had announced suspension of operations at the beginning of the holy month on 17 May and had said the decision was being taken in the interests of the peace-loving people of the state, in order to provide them a conducive atmosphere during the fasting month. Singh commended the role of security forces for having implemented the decision in letter and spirit in the face of grave provocation. “This has been widely appreciated by the people all over the country, including Jammu and Kashmir, and has brought relief to the common citizens," he said. “While the security forces have displayed exemplary restraint during this period, the terrorists have continued with their attacks, on civilians and Security Forces, resulting in deaths and injuries," he said. According to officials, there were 18 incidents of terror between 17 April to 17 May this year and the figure rose to above 50 during the suspension of operations. The period saw several brutal killings which included that of an army soldier kidnapped by militants, attacks on civilians propagating moderate approach and finally the gunning down of veteran journalist Shujaat Bukhari, who was a strong voice for peace. Security agencies had alerted the government about designs by certain terror groups to disrupt the forthcoming Amarnath Yatra beginning 28 June and the need for conducting some operations in South Kashmir. "The home ministry has taken note of all the inputs available and decided that suspension of operation, which was carried out for one month, will no longer continue," Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh said. "I think the immediate priority for all of us is conducting the upcoming Amarnath yatra in peaceful and successful manner," he told TV channels. Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah took a dig at some state BJP leaders who were upbeat about the calling off of the unilateral ceasefire. In his tweet, Omar wrote it was "the Centre's initiative and yet these people are celebrating its failure as if it had been announced by our enemies. "Its failure is the failure of everyone who wanted to give peace a chance," he said. Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer concedes a goal to Mexico’s Hirving Lozano (below) during the 2018 World Cup AFP Group F football match at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Sunday. AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE MOSCOW, 17 JUNE Defending champions Germany crashed to the first defeat in their opening game of a World Cup since 1982 as Hirving Lozano's clinical finish earned Mexico a shock 1-0 victory here today. The highly-rated PSV Eindhoven forward struck the winner on 35 minutes after a blistering counterattack at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow as Mexico beat Germany for just the second time in history. Germany's preparations for the tournament were plagued by poor results and controversy, and their problems were magnified in the Russian capital, leaving their proud record of never being eliminated in the group stage of a World Cup already in danger. Joachim Loew started eight of the nine 2014World Cup winners in his squad, with Mesut Ozil returning from a knee injury and Manuel Neuer back in goal following his lengthy absence for the Group F clash. Jerome Boateng's buildup to the finals was also hampered by a groin injury, but the Bayern Munich centre-back was on the alert AAP stages march, stopped way behind finishing line PRESS TRUST OF INDIA 4 CMs urge PM to resolve problems Jain hospitalised NEW DELHI, 17 JUNE NEW DELHI, 17 JUNE Taliban ends Afghanistan ceasefire: A suicide attack in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad city on Sunday killed at least 18 people in a crowd celebrating the Eid holiday, the second assault in as many days to mar an unprecedented ceasefire. Further dampening hopes for peace after jubilant scenes during the ceasefire over the Muslim holiday, the Taliban announced they would not be extending the truce beyond P13 Sunday night. LANKAN CAPTAIN CHARGED OVER BALL-TAMPERING Spurred by participation of CPI(M) general secretary SitaramYechury and several Left workers, the Aam Aadmi Party on Sunday managed to stage a notable protest march but failed to reach its avowed destination - 7 Lok Kalyan Marg, the Prime Minister’s residence. Amid the ongoing sit-in by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his two cabinet colleagues at the lieutenant governor's office, the AAP leaders and workers began the march from Mandi House but were stopped at Parliament Street police station, way behind the finishing line - 7, LKM. NEW DELHI, 17 JUNE AAP MP Sanjay Singh with workers march to the Prime MinSUBRATA DUTTA isters residence in the Capital on Sunday. Sporting almost all the key party faces, including those of its Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh and Kejriwal's Cabinet colleagues Kailash Gahlot and Rajendra Pal Gautam, the AAP march lasted for over two hours, with the party spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj claiming a participation of over 45,000 people. In a tweet during the march, Kejriwal said the people were feeling“hurt and humiliated” and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to allow Delhi government to Delhi Minister Satyendar Jain was tonight rushed to a city hospital as his health deteriorated nearly a week after he had gone on an indefinite hunger strike at the Lieutenant Governor office, Chief Minister Arvind PTI Kejriwal said. work. “Sir, not only Delhi, but the entire country is appealing you - please allow the elected government to work and get these IAS officers strike to end. People are feeling hurt and humiliated,” he tweeted. Four chief ministers met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday at the meeting of the NITI Aayog's fourth general council meeting andurgedhimto resolve the problems of the Delhi government. West Bengal's Mamata Banerjee, Kerala's Pinarayi Vijayan, Karnataka's HD Kumaraswamy and Andhra Pradesh's N Chandrababu Naidu - have extended their support to Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's sitin protest at the Lt. GoverIANS nor's office. DETAILS ON PAGE 2 More steps needed for growth boost: PM PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 17 JUNE The challenge before India is to take the economic growth rate to double-digits for which many more steps need to be taken, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told a meeting of chief ministers here on Sunday. Speaking at the Niti Aayog's fourth meeting of Governing Council, Modi stressed that the world expects India to become a USD 5 trillion economy soon, according to a statement by the Prime Minister's Office. As many as 23 chief min- Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairing the meeting of the NITI isters and one Lt Governor Aayog Governing Council in the Capital on Sunday. SNS attended the meeting. The notable absentees were some of the chief ministers Kejriwal, he said invites were chief ministers of Odisha, could not participate as they sent to him, but there was no Jammu and Kashmir and Delhi. were busy handling flood sit- response. Kejriwal's seat was reserved Briefing reporters after the uation in their respective states. Regarding the absence of at the meeting, but he did not meeting, Niti Aayog ViceChairman Rajiv Kumar said Delhi Chief Minister Arvind attend, Kumar added. Kejriwal, along with his ministers, has been holding a sit-in protest at the LG's office. On development agenda document, 'New India 2022', he said: “It was not presented in the meeting. We want to make document to reflect ground realities”. The document will be sent to states for comments, he said, adding that it will be finalised in a month-or so. As per the PMO statement, Modi assured the chief ministers of flood-affected states of providing all central assistance to deal ith the situation. He urged the chief ministers to “give fresh ideas” to the 15th Finance Commission for incentivising outcome based allocations and expenditure correction, amid demands by some states to revisit panel's terms of reference. Modi said India has no shortage of capabilities, capacities and resources and in the current financial year, the states would receive over Rs 11 lakh crore from the Centre -an increase of about Rs 6 lakh crore from the last year of the previous government. Observing that the Indian economy has grown at a healthy rate of 7.7 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2017-18, Modi said that the “challenge now is to take this growth rate to double digits, for which many more steps have to be taken”. The conference deliberated on issues such as doubling of farmers' income, development of aspirational districts, Ayushman Bharat, Mission Indradhanush, Nutrition Mission and celebrations of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. These steps, Modi said, are essential for achieving the vision of New India by 2020. The Governing Council, he said, is a platform which could bring about “historic change” in the development of the country. Modi further said the Council has approached complex issues of governance as “Team India”, in the spirit of cooperative, competitive federalism. Chief ministers have played a key role in policy formulation, through sub-groups and committees on issues such as Swachh Bharat Mission, Digital Transactions and Skill Development, he said. Modi said 1.5 lakh health and wellness centres are being constructed under the Ayushman Bharat programme. He said about 10 crore families will be provided with health assurance worth Rs 5 lakh every year. inside 60 seconds to thrust himself desperately in front of a Lozano effort. A remarkably open start saw Timo Werner sprint in behind the Mexico defence before dragging across the face of goal, while Mats Hummels shot straight at Guillermo Ochoa after a botched clearance. Neuer held well twice in quick succession, first from a long-range Hector Herrera strike and then again to keep out Hector Moreno's header, as Mexico attacked the Germany backline with regularity. Carlos Salcedo nearly diverted a teasing cross into his own net, while Timo Werner hit tamely at Ochoa when an umarked Julian Draxler appeared the better option. Mexico continued to threaten, Miguel Layun narrowly unable to latch onto a through ball, but their goal arrived 10 minutes before the break as Germany were again sliced apart.After Sami Khedira lost possession, Javier Hernandez triggered a lightning counter before finding a charging Lozano, who cut inside a covering Ozil and lashed low inside Neuer's near post to spark deafening roars from the sizeable Mexico support. Germany hit back, Toni Kroos rattling the crossbar with a 25-yard free-kick that needed the fingertips of a scrambling Ochoa to keep it out, but Mexico barely clung on to their advantage. Joshua Kimmich's acrobatic overhead kick looped onto the roof of the net, with substitute Edson Alvarez then blocking bravely to thwart Draxler. MORE ON PAGE 16 Nirav Modi using multiple passports, faces fresh FIR PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 17 JUNE Agencies probing the alleged USD 2-billion PNB fraud have detected that absconding diamond merchant Nirav Modi possessed at least half-a-dozen Indian passports and a fresh FIR is being mulled against him for this offence, officials said on Sunday. Modi has been traced to Belgium by Indian intelligence agencies and his frequent travels, despite the revocation of his passport, have led the sleuths to unearth that of the six passports he held, two were active for quite some time.The four other passports were found to be not active, sources said. Of the two active passports, one had Modi's full name while the other only had his first name with a 40-month UK visa issued against it and that is probably how he kept travelling to various countries, despite the government revoking his first known passport earlier this year, the sources told PTI. The second passport was also subsequently revoked by the Indian authorities. The sources said the government, through the ministry of external affairs, has informed Interpol about the two revoked passports of Modi, but it appears that in the absence of a uniform international mechanism, the legal blocking of the documents in various countries could not be done and the fugi- tive diamantaire kept using those to travel through airports and possibly seaports too. The revocation order of the passports has been appended to the application of the probe agencies (CBI and ED), seeking an Interpol arrest warrant or a“red corner notice” against Modi. “It is a criminal offence to use a revoked passport and also to possess more than one valid passport if a person does not enjoy a special status like that of a diplomatic entity, a government employee or on a few other grounds. “A fresh criminal FIR may be filed against Nirav Modi and he may face prosecution for the offence after the completion of an internal inquiry,” a senior official in the security establishment said. He added that an inquiry was also being held to ascertain if Modi was using passports issued by other countries to travel.Recently, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) have again urged the Interpol to issue an arrest warrant against the fugitive diamantaire on the basis of their respective chargesheets against him and others, containing corruption and money-laundering charges. Once the Interpol issued the notice and Modi's latest location was ascertained, the government would move for his extradition, the sources said.
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