CMYK www.thestatesman.com THURSDAY FIND US ONLINE 21 JUNE 2018 Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 20 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P9 SENSEX 35,547.33 +260.59 WEATHER Sultry weather. Maximum and minimum temperature to be around 36 degree and 26 degree celsius, respectively. RAINFALL: 17.9 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.89% TEMPERATURE Max: 36.1°C (+3) SUN RISES 04:53 hrs MOON RISES 11.28 hrs SIT-IN FIZZLES OUT AMERICA HAS REBUILT CHINA, SAYS TRUMP KIM HAILS ‘UNITY’ WITH CHINA P10 NIFTY 10,772.05 +61.60 P6 ` vs $ 68.08 -30 PAISE GOLD 29,545.00 -200.00 Min: 29.6°C (+3) SUN SETS 18:23 hrs MOON SETS - First moon quarter on 24 June THUMBNAILS Rain in Kolkata on Wednesday. DILIP DUTTA Bullet train ‘referendum’: A farmers' body along with the Congress party in Gujarat will hold a “referendum” among cultivators affected by the land acquisition for the MumbaiAhmedabad Bullet Train project. The organisation plans to submit views of farmers in Parliaments of India and Japan. The land acquisition is facing opposition from farmers in Gujarat, with villagers not allowing the measurement P2 survey to take place in many areas. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 20 JUNE rmy Chief General Bipin Rawat on Wednesday asserted that the imposition of Governor’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir will not affect anti-terror operations and that there was no political interference. "We only stopped our operations during Ramzan. But we saw what happened. The terrorists continued with their actions," he said here. "The imposition of Governor's Rule will not affect our operations. Our operations will go on like they used to. We don't face any political interference," he said. The Centre had earlier this month decided not to extend its unilateral initiative, declared on 16 May, to coincide with Ramzan as terrorist activities continued in the Kashmir Valley. The BJP's withdrawal from the alliance came two days after the government decided against extending the ceasefire. The party had cited growing terror activities and radicalisation in the Kash- A mir Valley among the reasons for its decision. Jammu and Kashmir was today placed under Governor's Rule for the fourth time in the last one decade after the BJP withdrew support to its alliance partner PDP, prompting Mehbooba Mufti to resign as the chief minister. A Home Ministry spokesman said, “The President has approved imposition of Governor's Rule in Jammu and Kashmir with immediate effect.” The political developments of Jammu and Kashmir continued to dominate the night as President Ram Nath Kovind was in mid air when Governor N N Vohra sent his report to Rashtrapati Bhavan. The details of the Governor's report were immediately sent to Suriname where the President was scheduled to land at 6.30 pm (3 am IST). Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, Army Commander, Northern Command, met Governor N.N. Vohra on Wednesday and discussed the security situation in Kashmir. The Governor and the Army Commander discussed certain issues about the need for very close coordination in security management in the Valley, particularly keeping in view the need to ensure against colateral damage in counterterrorist operations. In his first meeting with top officers after imposition of Governor's Rule, Vohra International Yoga Day today: The country is all geared up to roll out yoga mats on Thursday to mark the fourth International Day of Yoga (IDY), with Prime Minister Narendra Modi scheduled to lead 55,000 enthusiasts in performing asanas in Dehradun. Yoga sessions will be held across the world to mark the day, picked by the United Nations to celebrate the ancient Indian practice that has spread across the globe. Today’s matches Denmark v Australia 5.30 pm France v Peru 8.30 pm Argentina v Croatia 11.30 pm Congress suffers jolt in Gujarat rural polls: The Congress in Gujarat suffered a jolt as the ruling BJP snatched five district panchayats in the election for the local bodies on Wednesday. In the local civic bodies polls held in December 2015 soon after the violent quota agitation by Patels, the Congress had bagged 23 of the total 33 district panchayats. With Wednesday’s loss of five district panchayats, Congress is left in control of 18 of 33 dists. Flight delayed: Passengers had a harrowing time after an AirAsia flight to Kolkata from Bagdogra got delayed by over four hours on Wednesday. While irate passengers, some of whom missed important meetings in Kolkata and Siliguri, complained about the unusual delay and agitated, airline officials at Bagdogra attributed the delay to a technical glitch in the aircraft that was supposed to fly from P15 Kolkata to Bagdogra in the morning. Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo controls the ball during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group B football match between Portugal and Morocco at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Thursday. While Portugal beat (SEE ALSO PAGES 11 AND 12 ) Morocco 1-0, in another match, Uruguay beat Saudi Arabia 1-0. AFP SILVER 39,900.00 -300.00 Arvind Subramanian has cut short his stint as Chief Economic Adviser (CEA) in the Union Finance Ministry for "personal reasons" and is set to return to the United States to a "life of researching, writing, teaching, and reflecting". The recuperating Union Minister Arun Jaitley announced on Wednesday through a Facebook post that Subramanian will be leaving the Finance Ministry because of “pressing family commitments” and return to the US. Later in the day, Subramanian reportedly told media persons that he will leave his office within a couple of months even though his contractual term was coterminus with the current Narendra Modi government till May 2019. Subramanian was appointed as the CEA on 16 October 2014 for a 3-year term and was given an extension last year. He said he was quitting his job for "very compelling personal reasons", maintaining that "this is the best job I have ever had and probably ever will". In less than a year, Subramanian is the second Taliban kill 30 Afghan securitymen HERAT, 20 JUNE Taliban fighters killed around 30 Afghan security forces in multiple attacks in western Afghanistan, officials said on Wednesday, days after the group ended its ceasefire. “More than half of the fatalities came from the ambush and roadside bomb blasts that hit a reinforcement convoy,” Badghis provincial governor Abdul Qhafoor Malikzai told AFP. The other soldiers and police were killed when militants stormed their bases overnight, Qhafoor added. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks in a WhatsApp message to journalists. Provincial council chief Abdul Aziz Bek confirmed the death toll. “During the ceasefire the Taliban had sent informants to collect information about the bases and plan the attack,” he told AFP AFP . SEE ALSO PAGE 10 America withdraws from ‘biased’ UNHRC AGENCIES WASHINGTON/UNHQ, 20 JUNE The US has quit the United Nations Human Rights Council, America's Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley announced today, calling it a “cesspool of political bias” that targets Israel disproportionately while ignoring atrocities in other countries. Declaring that America will not take lectures from hypocritical institutions, the Indian-American top diplomat claimed that human rights abusers continue to serve on and be elected to the council. The Geneva-based Human Rights Council is a 47-member inter-governmental body within the UN system tasked with upholding human rights. The move to quit UN, which the Trump administration has threatened for months, came down one day after the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights slammed the separation of children from their parents at the US-Mexico border as “unconscionable.” Speaking from the State Department, where she was joined by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Haley defended the move to withdraw from the council, saying US calls for reform were not heeded. “Human rights abusers continue to serve on, and be elected to, the council,” said Haley, listing US grievances with the body. “The world's most inhumane regimes continue to escape its scrutiny, and the council continues politicising scapegoating of countries with positive human rights records in an attempt to distract from the abusers in its ranks,” she said. “Therefore, as we said we would do a year ago if we did not see any progress, the United States is officially withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council,” Haley said. In doing so, Haley made it clear that this step is not a retreat from human rights commitments. “On the contrary, we take this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organisation that makes a mockery of human rights,” she said. Last year, the Trump administration had notified the UNESCO, another UN body, of the US decision to withdraw from the organisation, citing Washington's concerns with mounting arrears at the UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organisation, and continuing antiIsrael bias at UNESCO. At the joint media appearance, Haley also criticised the council for a “disproportionate focus and unending hostility toward Israel,” citing a series of resolutions high- lighting alleged abuses by the Israeli government of Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank. Secretary of State Pompeo alleged that the council enables abuses by absolving wrongdoers through silence and falsely condemning those who have committed no offence. “We have no doubt that there was once a noble vision for this council. But today, we need to be honest the Human Rights Council is a poor defender of human rights,” he said. “Worse than that, the Human Rights Council has become an exercise in shameless hypocrisy with many of the world's worst human rights abuses going ignored and some of the world's most serious offenders sitting on the council itself,” he said. A mere look around the world today demonstrates that the council has failed in its stated objectives, he said. “Its membership includes authoritarian governments with unambiguous and abhor- CMYK BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 75.58 +0.50 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 20 JUNE expressed concern and directed administrative secretaries to ensure timely utilization of all available resources, particularly the funds available under the State Plan and the various Centrally-sponsored schemes. He directed the administrative secretaries and the DGP to ensure that all government functionaries attended office punctually and their presence is daily monitored through the bio-metric attendance system; “Administrative secretaries shall personally review and ensure prompt and efficient delivery of various public services to the people of the state; complaints regarding delays, irregularities and corruption must be dealt with most sternly and those responsible should be proceeded against without any fear or favour.’’ The core committee of the National Conference at a meeting presided over by Omar Abdullah demanded that the Assembly that has been kept in suspended animation should be dissolved to thwart attempts at horse-trading. (SEE P3) MATCH WINNER P11 Subramanian quits as CEA for ‘compelling reasons’ ‘Governor’s Rule will not affect Army ops’ J&K placed under Governor’s Rule, Omar demands House dissolution Min. 57% A BURDEN TOO HEAVY FOR FALLIBLE STAR rent human rights records, such as China, Cuba and Venezuela,” Pompeo said. Reacting to the Trump administration's decision, the UN expressed disappointment. “The Secretary-General would have much preferred for the United States to remain in the Human Rights Council,” Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said in a statement. “The UN's Human Rights architecture plays a very important role in the promotion and protection of human rights worldwide,” she quoted UN chief Antonio Guterres as saying. The UN human rights commissioner, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, called the US withdrawal “disappointing, if not really surprising, news”. Human Rights Watch (HRW) said the US government's decision to withdraw from the UNHRC will sideline the country from key global initiatives to protect human rights. (SEE ALSO PAGE 10) high-profile economic policy adviser to quit his job in the Modi government mid-way to return to the US. The then NITI Aayog vice chairman Arvind Panagariya had quit his office in August 2017, nearly twoyears before the end of his term. They were handpicked by the Modi government and both cited personal reasons for quitting their jobs ahead of tenure. Moments after the announcement about the CEA's exit, the principal Opposition Congress went after the Modi dispensation. Congress president Rahul Gandhi targeted PM Modi and the interim Finance Minister Piyush Goyal, describing them as "Captain DeMo"(demonetisation) and "BJP Treasurer" respectively. "Ex-FM is locked in his room, breaking news on FaceBook. BJP Treasurer has the keys to the Indian Economy. The brightest flee the sinking ship, as the “invisible hand” of the RSS steers it onto the rocks. Meanwhile, Captain DeMo is fast asleep. It’s crazy out there!" Rahul tweeted. The Congress party's communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala said : "'Financial experts' of Modi Govt are completely fed up by its colossal economic mismanagement, tepid economic reforms & financial anarchy. CEA Arvind Subramanian's resignation after the stepping down of Niti Aayog's Arvind Panagriya & RBI Gov Raghuram Rajan comes as no surprise!" In his Facebook post "Thank You Arvind", Jaitley showered praises on Subramanian, listing a slew of his "accomplishments" during his stint. Agri budget doubled to help double farm income by 2022: PM SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 20 JUNE Reaching out to farmers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today showcased his government's “unprecedented” work in the agriculture sector, including doubling of the budget to Rs 2.12 lakh crore. Modi also iterated that his government is working to double farm income by 2022. Continuing his outreach programme of direct interaction with beneficiaries of his pet schemes, Modi spoke to farmers from over 600 districts via video-conferencing, highlighting the government interventions right from seeds to market that is aimed at addressing farm distress. The government, through an extensive and balanced policy, is aiming to provide inputs like quality seeds, fertilisers, water and electricity as well as markets for increasing farmers' income, he said. “We have decided to double farmers income by 2022... When I talked about doubling of farmers income, there were many people who made fun that this is not possible and difficult. They created an atmosphere of doom. But we decided as I had full faith in farmers,” Modi said. To achieve this target, he said the four cornerstones of the government policy are cutting input cost, fair price for the crop, preventing postharvest losses and creating alternate sources of income. Modi said in the Budget for 2018-19 fiscal, the government announced that the minimum support price (MSP) for all crops will be fixed at least 1.5 times the cost of production. He also listed out all the costs that will be included while fixing the MSP . “The budget allocation for the agriculture sector in 5 years of the previous government was Rs 1.21 lakh crore. This has been increased to Rs 2.12 lakh crore during 2014-19, which is almost double. This clearly reflects our commitment to farmers’ welfare,” Modi said. Stating that there has been “unprecedented development” in the farm sector during the last four years, the Prime Minister highlighted that foodgrains production in the country touched an alltime high of 280 million tons during 2017-18 crop year as against an average production of 250 million tons in 201014. There has also been bumper production of fruits, vegetables and milk, he said, adding that pulses production has increased by an average 10.5 per cent. Production of fish and milk grew by 26 per cent and 24 per cent, respectively. Egg output has risen by 25 per cent. “Our effort is to provide farmers assistance at all stages of agriculture -- at the time of sowing, after sowing and at the time of harvesting,” he said, adding that the policy interventions are being planned to help farmers right from seeds to markets. First, soil health cards are being provided to help farmers better understand soil nutrient status of his/her holding and advise them on the dosage of fertilisers. Thereafter, loans are being made available to farmers to help them procure good quality seeds, he said, adding that neem coating of urea has ensured that black-marketing of the crop nutrient is stopped and farmers get it without any problem. To ensure farmers get the right price for their crops, Modi said an online platform e-NAM has been started to eliminate middlemen. As many as 22,000 rural markets are also being linked to wholesale mandis.
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