SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 23 JUNE 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16+4 |` 5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR ‘DEALING WITH TERRORISTS NOT MUSCULAR POLICY’ P5 SENSEX 35,689.60 +257.21 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky and strong surface winds during day time. Very light rain/drizzle likely to occur towards evening/night. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 43 and 29 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 74% Min. 35% Max: 42.5°C (+4) SUN RISES 05:25 hrs MOON RISES 15:04 hrs Min: 30°C (+2) SUN SETS 19:23 hrs MOON SETS 02:39 hrs TEMPERATURE THUMBNAILS Family members gather as they wait for rescue teams searching for missing passengers, at the Lake Toba ferry port in Indonesia's Sumatra. The overloaded boat had capsized on Lake Toba Monday with many passengers still AFP reported to be missing. Air India unveils revamped premium class: Air India unveiled the revamped first class and business class in its fleet of Boeing aircraft flying to international destinations to woo high-end travellers and increase the occupancy from 60 per cent to over 80 per cent. The launch of the revamped service, along with new uniforms for the crew and cuisine, came when the government decided to put the breaks, for now, on disinvestment plans. Sikh pilgrims granted Pak visas: Over 300 Sikh pilgrims from India have been granted visas and are visiting Pakistan to observe the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in Lahore, the Pakistan High Commission said. “A special train arranged by the Pakistan Railways carried the pilgrims from Attari to Pakistan on June 21,” it said. The visas issued by the Mission are in addition to the ones issued to Sikh pilgrims participating from P6 other countries. India seeks fugitive tag for Mallya: India on Friday made its first move to clampdown on big bank loan defaulters under a new law as the ED moved court against Vijay Mallya seeking to declare him a 'fugitive offender' and to confiscate his assets worth Rs 12,500 crore. Officials said the central probe agency filed an application before a special court in Mumbai, underthe recently promulgated P7 Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance. SC rejects CBSE plea against Bombay HC order in NEET case: The Supreme Court has rejected a plea by the CBSE against a Bombay High Court order to award proportionate marks to a batch of NEET candidates who lost 30 minutes of the exam duration due to the invigilator's fault during the NEET exam which was conducted on 6 May 2018. CBSE has already released the result for NEET exam and the counselling process is underway for All India quota seats as well as state quota seats. EU SLAPS TARIFFS ON US GOODS ‘INDIA CAN BE WORLD’S DRONE CAPITAL’ P9 NIFTY 10,821.85 +80.75 ` vs $ 67.84 +14 PAISE MESSI ENDURES PAIN AS WC TURNS INTO NIGHTMARE P16 P12 GOLD 29,385.00 +15.00 SILVER 39,850.00 +250.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 74.59 +1.54 India may raise naval 4 terrorists among 6 base issue with Faure killed in J&K shootout STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 22 JUNE Seeking to protect its strategic interests in the Indian Ocean region, New Delhi is pulling out all the stops to reach out to Seychelles President Danny Faure, who will pay a State visit to India from Saturday. During his six-day visit, the Seychelles leader will tour Ahmedabad, Panaji, Dehradun and New Delhi to engage with varying sections of the Indian leadership as well as the society. The visit comes amid growing opposition in Seychelles over an agreement with India for the development of a naval base on the remote Assumption Island. New Delhi has been keen to develop the port in view of the growing Chinese presence in the region. Leader of the Opposition Wavel John Charles Ramkalawan and ruling party members told President Faure that they would not allow the agreement to go through "in its present form". The President, ahead of his visit to India, in a press conference on 4 June said that the joint project with New Delhi to develop a naval base at Assumption Island in his country would not move forward. He added that the issue would not be discussed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. India has tried to engage Seychelles diplomatically to ensure that this deal NC for more CBMs, dissolving of House; PDP-BJP silent at all-party meet SNS & PTI SRINAGAR, 22 JUNE P does not fall through but in vain. In January the then Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar visited the island nation and recently Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale visited Seychelles for a joint commission meeting to highlight the importance India attaches to this project. At the same time, it also conveyed to the Faure administration that it understood the political difficulties that the current dispensation was facing with regard to the naval base project. With China acquiring its first African naval base in Djibouti and increasing its presence in Seychelles as well, this project is critical to India’s strategic foothold in that part of the world. Faure will be accompanied by a high-level delegation comprising two Cabinet Ministers, four Secretaries of State and other senior officials of the Government of Seychelles. A business delegation will also be accompanying the President on the visit. The External Affairs Ministry said the visit of President Faure was part of Student found murdered in Vadodara school SNS & PTI VADODARA, 22 JUNE The body of a Class 9 student was found with multiple stab wounds in the washroom of a school here today, a chilling reminder of the murder of a sevenyear-old in Gurgaon last September. The victim, Dev Bhagwandas Tadvi (14), a student of Bharti School in Baranpora area, was accosted by unidentified culprits when he was headed to his classroom on the first floor, the police said. The incident took place around 12 noon, between the two shifts of the school, they added. Tadvi had 10 stab wounds on his body, Deputy Police Commissioner (DCP) R S Bhagora said. “Police recovered sharp-edged weapons and a bottle of water contain- regular high- level exchanges between India and Seychelles and would accord an opportunity to review wide-ranging bilateral cooperation, including in the fields of defence and security and development partnership. PTI adds from Ahmedabad: Seychelles president Danny Faure would visit the Indian Institute of Management - Ahmedabad and the Sabarmati Ashram during his visit to Gujarat, state government officials said. Faure, who would arrive here this evening, will also visit the Gujarat Forensic Science University (GFSU) in Gandhinagar before leaving for Goa tomorrow afternoon. He would visit the IIMA in the morning and hold a meeting with the director of the prestigious institute, Prof Errol D'Souza, who is a long-time friend of his. At the Gujarat Forensic Science University, apart from interacting with university officials, the Seychelles President would also meet 18 police officers from the Seychelles who are undergoing training there. olice today killed four militants, including chief of the banned Islamic State Jammu and Kashmir (ISJK) Dawood Ahmed Sofi, in a remote mountain village in south Kashmir's Anantnag district, six days before the annual Amarnath Yatra begins, officials said. A policeman and a civilian were also killed in the exchange of fire between militants and security forces at Khiram village of Srigufwara tehsil, police said. The operation began before dawn at Khiram, 23 km from the main national highway and overlooking the tourist town of Pahalgam, after intelligence reports about the presence of militants in the area, police said. One of the militants killed was identified as Dawood Ahmed Sofi, who headed the ISIS affiliate ISJK and is believed to be involved in several cases of murder and stone pelting , he said. The other three, also believed to be with the ISJK, were identified as Aadil Rehman Bhat, Mohammad Ashraf Itoo and Majid Manzoor Dar, said Inspector General of Police (Kashmir) Swayam Prakash Pani, who was supervising the operations. “The operation was successful and teams from state police, army and CRPF made every effort to prevent collateral damage,” Pani said. Giving details of the encounter, police said a joint patrol of security forces was fired at as they advanced towards a house where the militants were hiding. This resulted in the death of a policeman, Ashiq Hussain, and a civilian identified as 53-yearold Mohammed Yousuf Rather, aged 53. In the encounter that followed, four terrorists were gunned down and some civilians injured in the crossfire, an official said. Giving details about Sofi, police said he was 33 years old, a resident of Srinagar's Zainakoot area and was involved in several stone pelting cases in the area before he joined the terror outfit ISJK. He is believed to be involved in the murder of assistant sub-inspector Ghulam Mohammad and head constable Naseer Ahmad at Bagh Ali Mardan Khan in Zadibal and also in the killing of a policeman and snatching his rifle at Tengpora Batamaloo in May 2016 besides other terror attacks. Sofi was initially known to be affiliated with the banned Tehrek-ulMujahideen terror outfit. Later, the group itself aligned itself with the ideology of the ISIS and renamed the group ISJK, officials said. Dar of Talangam village in Pulwama also joined the group and remained active along with Bhat who belonged to Shettipora village in Bijbehara and Itoo from Hatigam village in Srigufwara. The killing of the four militants is being seen as a major achievement with security forces intensifying their operations against terror groups before the two-month Amarnath yatra begins June 28. Clashes broke out near the encounter site when a group of youth started pelting stones on the forces, a Italy refuses to extradite AW middleman ing chili powder from a school bag which was found lying near a temple adjoining the school,” the DCP said. Police suspect the assailants threw it after killing Tadvi. Tadvi's body has been sent to Sir Sayajirao General Hospital for autopsy, Bhagora said, adding that the police hoped to arrest the culprits soon. The teen had joined the school only a week ago and was staying with his maternal uncle here, while his parents live in Gujarat's Anand town, the police said. A Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) team has reached the spot and CCTV footage of the premises has been obtained, they added. People gathered in large numbers outside the school after the news of the killing spread. No final word on meetings, Mamata cancels China visit NEW DELHI, 22 JUNE STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 22 JUNE In a major setback to investigation agencies, Italy refused to extradite Carlo Gerosa, an alleged middleman in AgustaWestland bribery scandal, saying it did not have any mutual legal assistance treaty with India. After the recent development, the CBI approached the MEA, citing provisions under which he could be extradited to India even in the absence of legal assistance treaty between the two countries, sources said. Gerosa (71), an Italian and Swiss national, was believed to be a key player in the scandal as the process of manipulating the specifications for helicopter deal allegedly started after a meeting between him and cousins of ex PTI IAF chief Tyagi. In a dramatic development, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee today cancelled her visit to China only a few hours before boarding the flight to Beijing on the plea that "the political meetings at the appropriate level could not be confirmed". Miss Banerjee's flight was scheduled at 11.50 p.m. She was to stay till 27 June in Bejing from where to fly to Shanghai and return to Kolkata on 30 June. The Indian Ambassador in China could not give any confirmation either to the external affairs ministry or the state government about the proposed political exchange programme with Chinese government representatives and Communist Party of China lead- ers. "We have communicated our decision and the reason behind it to foreign minister Sushma Swaraj, who is now outside India and the foreign secretary," said Mr Amit Mitra, industry minister at a Press conference at Nabanna. In a series of tweets, Miss Banerjee explained she was "compelled" to cancel her visit at the last minute as without confirmation "the purpose of the visit with the delegation to China under the exchange program is of no use". "However I wish the continuation of the friend- ship of India and China in the days to come and it should strengthen further in the interest of both the countries," she added. According to sources, Miss Banerjee was keen on interacting with some of the senior party leaders and ministers in China. But ,the latter didn’t respond as the country is presently engaged in diplomatic interactions with South Korea. A statement issued by the Chinese Consulate in Kolkata said : "The Chinese side was still working on the arrangements at the time the announcement was made. China will continue its efforts in enhancing friendly exchanges and cooperation between the provinces and this state in economic, trade, cultural, educational and other fields." Coutinho, Neymar get Brazil 2-0 win 0 ‘Centre’s decision not to elevate Justice Joseph not sustainable’ AGENCIES PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Today’s Matches SAINT PETERSBURG, 22 JUNE Philippe Coutinho and Neymar broke down dogged Costa Rica in injury time on Friday, sealing a 2-0 win for Brazil that propels the five-time champions towards the World Cup last 16. The Central Americans looked likely to hold on for a hard-earned draw, particularly after Neymar had a penalty award chalked off by referee Bjorn Kuipers after he consulted the Video Assistant Referee (VAR). But Coutinho and Neymar finally broke through, scoring in the 91st and 97th minute to put Tite's side on the brink of the knockout stages. At the final whistle, Neymar sat down on the grass and wept, with the emotion of vic- Belgium vs Tunisia (5.30 pm) South Koria vs Mexico (8.30 pm) Germany vs Sweden (11.30 pm) Costa Rica's goalkeeper Keylor Navas (top R) clears the ball beside AFP Brazil's midfielder Casemiro during the WC match on Friday. tory hitting home after the tense Group E contest at the Saint Petersburg Stadium. Neymar started despite limping out of training on Tuesday with a hurt ankle, which the Brazilian FA said was sustained as a result of snapping Swiss defenders. After a ponderous start, Brazil enjoyed a gradual crescendo during the first period but their dominance in possession was not reflected in chances created. Neymar faced the most devoted of markers in Costa Rica's Cristian Gamboa, the Brazilian spending most of the half hopping over scything tackles or dodging past a barging shoulder. It was a compelling battle. One sumputous Neymar flick sent the ball flying over Gamboa's head and later he made an excellent run onto Coutinho's pass, only to squander the chance with a heavy touch. Marcelo, Coutinho and Neymar, however, hardly make for the most conscientious combination out wide and when Johan Venegas ran clear down the right, his pullback should have been converted by Celso Borges, who skewed past the post. Brazil might have had a penalty when Oscar Duarte blocked Paulinho at a corner and Costa Rica rode their luck again after the break, as Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Coutinho all went close. (SEE ALSO P15 AND 16) NEW DELHI, 22 JUNE Justice J Chelameswar, who demitted office today, has disapproved of the Centre's decision not to elevate Justice K M Joseph to the Supreme Court, terming the action as “not sustainable”. Justice Chelameswar, who had held an unprecedented presser along with three other senior Supreme Court judges to highlight the alleged discrimination in allocation of cases to benches, said that the credibility of the highest judiciary was “occasionally” in danger. “I wish and pray that he (Joseph, the Uttarakhand CJ) becomes a judge of the Supreme Court. I have not stalled it. I have been repeatedly asking for it. The collegium has unanimously reiterated its recommendation,” Chelameswar told news outlets. He termed Justice Joseph as an “outstanding judge” and said he should have been elevated to the apex court and the collegium must reiterate his name to the Centre. He told NDTV that Justice Joseph did not belong to his religion, community or language, but yet he fought for him. police official said. Security forces used force on the protestors and several civilians were injured, he added. Authorities have suspended mobile internet services in three districts Srinagar, Anantnag and Pulwamaof the Valley as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order. The National Conference along with other parties urged Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra to take some confidence building measures besides carrying out a crackdown on corruption and cleaning the governance system. The governor, who had called an all-party meet to seek opinion of political representatives on the governance of the state, was apprised of their views by representatives of all political parties in the state. The National Conference and other parties including Panthers Party also favoured an immediate dissolution of the state assembly and to make atmosphere conducive for holding an early elections in the state, which has been placed under governor's rule earlier this week. According to political sources, the former chief minister and vice president of National Conference Omar Abdullah urged upon the governor to take some confidence building measures. Narada probe: CBI’s Kolkata ACB chief transferred KOLKATA, 22 JUNE Heads began to roll in the CBI as its Kolkata AntiCorruption Branch (ACB) chief Abhoy Singh had been given the marching orders for want of progress in the Narada case after its special director Rakesh Asthana expressed resentment over the status report of the Narada probe during his five-hour long meeting at Nizam Palace on Wednesday. He has been transferred to Ranchi. CBI sources however, claimed that the transfer was a “routine” affair. “Nothing should be read into it as it was a routine affair”, claimed a source. The source also said that the officer who will replace Singh is likely to be inducted from its IPS panel in Delhi. Today’s development came on the heels of a raging difference of opinion over information among the Investigation Officers ( IOs) probing the Narada scam. This had a bearing on the slow progress of the probe, sources close to CBI said. Asthana, who the sources claimed had expressed his ire over the lackadaisical approach of some of the officers, had indicated some strong action was on the cards. Abhoy Singh, a DGP ranking officer, was pulled up for not being able to address differences among the officers over the sharing of information. SNS
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