CMYK SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 24 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 THE 'GRAPHIC NARRATIVE' IS OFTEN SEEN FROM THE OUTSIDE AS A RIDDLE AND THE SITUATION IS EVEN MORE PIQUANT IN INDIA A RIDE IN THE EASTERN & ORIENTAL EXPRESS FROM SINGAPORE TO BANGKOK IS AN UNFORGETTABLE JOURNEY THROUGH DISTANCE AND TIME WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. One or two spells of rain/thundershower likely. Max and min temp to be around 31-27 deg cels, resp. AGENCIES RAINFALL: 0.1 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.91% TEMPERATURE Despite summit, NK a nuclear threat: Trump WASHINGTON, 23 JUNE Min. 80% Max: 31.0°C (-2) Min: 28.4°C (+2) SUN SETS SUN RISES 18:24 hrs 04:54 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 15:06 hrs 02:00 hrs Full moon on 28 June THUMBNAILS India beat Pakistan 4-0 in CT hockey: India 0 once again reasserted their supremacy over Pakistan as they decimated the arch-rivals 4-0 in the opening match of the Champions Trophy hockey tournament, in Breda (Netherlands) on Saturday. Coming into the tournament on the back of a disastrous Commonwealth Games campaign at the Gold Coast, where they finished a disappointing fourth, the Indians scored four fantastic field goals. Ramandeep, who was dropped from the CWG squad, answered his critics in style finding the net in 26th minute before Dilpreet Singh (54th), Mandeep Singh (57th) and Lalit UpadP11 hayay (60th) too joined the scorers list. Police remand for Yamuna Expressway Authority ex-CEO: The former CEO of YamuC na Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) P C Gupta has been remanded in 10 days police custody by the anti-corruption court in Meerut on Saturday. Noida police, led by the circle officer of Greater Noida, produced the arrested CEO before the anti-corruption court on Saturday . They sought 14 days’ police remand for interrogation to collect information about the alleged scam through companies formed in the names of his relatives. The court granted 10 days’ police remand after hearing the pleas from both the sides. BJP leader threatens Kashmiri journalists: Former minister and BJP leader Lal Singh has warned Kashmiri journalists to draw a line between reporting facts and supporting terrorists or face the fate of Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari, who was shot dead by militants. Singh's statement drew flak from the Editors Guild and the National Conference. The party said this was a brazen attempt to muzzle the media in Kashmir and that his “open threat” merited “immediate cognizance” by the police. “Kashmiri journalists have created an erroneous atmosphere and I would like to ask them to draw the line,” Singh had told P5 reporters in Jammu on Friday. US President Donald Trump has cited “an unusual and extraordinary threat” from North Korea's nuclear arsenal to extend sanctions on Kim Jong Un's regime, despite touting the success of a historic summit earlier this month. After flying back toWashington last week, boasting of success, the US leader tweeted: “There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea.” “Sleep well tonight!” he added on June 13, a day after the Singapore meeting. But a presidential declaration sent to Congress on Friday struck a different note as it explained why the administration would keep in place tough economic restrictions first imposed by former president George W Bush. “The existence and risk of proliferation of weaponsusable fissile material on the Korean Peninsula and the actions and policies of the Government of North Korea continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the US,” it said. “I am continuing for one year the national emergency with respect to North Korea,” added the statement yesterday. Though the notice is considered pro forma, the disparity in tone reflects the work that US officials concede remains MEA lodges protest over denial of access despite having permission STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 23 JUNE US Defence Secy James Mattis has announced indefinite suspension of select military exercises with South Korea to be done as negotiators thrash out the details of Pyongyang's disarmament. At their summit, Kim and Trump signed a pledge “to work towards complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” a stock phrase favoured by Pyongyang that stopped short of longstanding US demands for North Korea to give up its atomic arsenal in a “verifiable” and “irreversible” way. Critics have pointed to the vague wording of the non-binding summit document and raised fears that the summit could weaken the international coalition against the North's nuclear programme. US Defence Secretary James Mattis has announced indefinite sus- pension of select military exercises with South Korea to support the ongoing diplomatic negotiations with North Korea, according to the Pentagon. The announcement has been made in accordance with the US President Donald Trump's decision to stop its joint military exercises with South Korea. Trump's decision, after a historic summit with Kim Jong-un in Singapore on June 12, was hailed by North Korea. Yesterday, Mattis met with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joe Dunford, and Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Ambassador John Bolton to discuss efforts to implement the results of the Singapore Summit between Trump and Kim. “To support implementing the outcomes of the Singapore Summit, and in coordination with our Republic of Korea ally, Secretary Mattis has indefinitely suspended select exercises,’’ Technical glitch delays 25 AI flights PM slams Cong for belittling other leaders PRESS TRUST OF INDIA RAJGARH (MP), 23 JUNE NEW DELHI, 23 JUNE Scores of Air India passengers were stranded at several airports across the country as a technical glitch in the airline's checkin software delayed 25 flights today, officials said. Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha tendered apologies for the inconvenience caused to the passengers. Services remained affected for three hours from 12.10 PM to 3.10 PM, the airline said. While an Air India spokesperson told PTI that the departures of 23 flights were delayed by 15-30 minutes, the airline later tweeted putting the figure at 25 as passenger queues kept swelling at check-in counters. Some unconfirmed report suggested that some interna- Indian envoy, others barred from visiting gurdwara in Pakistan tional services were also affected at the IGI Airport here. Air India's software solution is managed by SITA, a global airlines IT services solution major, which provides its checkin, boarding and baggage tracking technology. The airline blamed glitch in SITA's central server in Atlanta for the system failure with worldwide impact. A SITA spokesperson said that they were conducting an investigation to find out the root cause of the network connectivity issue and prevent a recurrence. “We have been following up on this matter and the systems have now been restored.’’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today that to glorify one family, deliberate attempts were being made to belittle the contributions of other towering leaders in nation building, as he paid rich tributes to Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS) founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee. In a veiled attack on the Congress, he said it was spreading “lies, confusion and pessimism” and was cut off from the ground reality. “It is unfortunate that to glorify one family, attempts were made to belittle the contributions of other towering personalities,” Modi told a public meeting after launching the Mohanpura Irrigation Project in Rajgarh disSNS trict (MP). ndia on Saturday lodged a strong protest with Pakistan over the denial of access to Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria (photo) and consular officials of the Indian mission in Islamabad to visit Gurdwara Panja Sahib and meet Indian pilgrims on Friday despite travel permission having been granted by the Pakistan Foreign Ministry. The External Affairs Ministry summoned Pakistan's Deputy High Commissioner and registered its protest. A strong protest was also registered by the Indian High Commission in Islamabad over the incident. This is the second time in recent days that Pakistan has denied access to the Indian envoy to meet visiting pilgrims who are Indian nationals. In April too, the Indian envoy was denied entry into Gurdwara Panja Sahib for a scheduled meeting with visiting Indian pilgrims. According to the External Affairs Ministry, Indian organisers, the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC), when contacted, had ‘Congress, terrorists on same frequency’ I The MEA summoned Pakistan’s deputy high commissioner and registered its protest. Indian High Commission also lodged its protest expressed grave concern and dismay at the incident despite the visiting pilgrims from India having asked Pakistani organisers to facilitate a meeting with the High Commissioner and mission officials. New Delhi also told the Pakistani diplomat that preventing the High Commission officials from discharging their consular responsibilities was in violation of the Vienna Con- vention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961, and the 1974 bilateral Protocol on visit to religious shrines. India also conveyed to the Pakistani side its concerns at repeated attempts by entities in Pakistan to extend support to secessionist movements in India and incite the Indian pilgrims. The Pakistan authorities were asked to ensure that that no such activity was carried out from Pakistani soil. Omar mocks NDA’s claim on Kashmir militants PRESS TRUST OF INDIA SRINAGAR, 23 JUNE National Conference (NC) vice president Omar Abdullah today said the NDA government's claim that more militants were killed in Kashmir during its rule than in the UPA dispensation actually tells how it allowed militancy and violence to re-emerge in the Valley. Actually minister sahib this tells the story of how your government allowed militancy & violence to reemerge in J&K forcing the security forces to kill more terrorists, Omar wrote on Twitter. The former J&K chief minister was reacting to Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad's tweet and statement that more militants were killed under the NDA government than in the UPA rule. Prasad said security forces had killed 72 and 67 militants in 2012 and 2013 under the UPA and the figure rose to 110 in 2014 when the BJP-led NDA came to power at the Centre. He said the forces killed 108 militants in 2015, 150 in 2016, 217 in 2017 and 75 till May this year. Omar said the increase in the number of militants killed was not an achievement.You should be embarrassed by these statistics not be claiming them as some achievement, the NC vice president wrote. Mobile Internet services were restored today in Srinagar, a day after they were suspended as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order, a police official said. He said the decision to restore the services was taken in view of the improving situation. The authorities had yesterday barred mobile Internet services in Srinagar, Anantnag and Pulwama districts of the Valley. The services were suspended as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order following an encounter in Anantnag district in which four militants, reportedly belonging to the Islamic State Jammu and Kashmir, were killed. One of the slain militants was from Srinagar. JAMMU, 23 JUNE BJP president Amit Shah today said his party will never allow the separation of Jammu and Kashmir from the rest of the country, as he lashed out at Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Saifuddin Soz for being on the same frequency as the terrorists. “Mr Soz, you can take hundreds of births but the BJP will not allow Kashmir to be disintegrated from India, Shah said at a rally here on his first visit to the state after his party pulled out of the coalition with the PDP. J&K is an integral part (of the country), and Syama Prasad Mookerjee has integrated it by laying down his life,” he said at the meeting to mark the martyrdom anniversary of the Jana Sangh founder. Former J&K chief minister Azad recently said the security forces were killing more civilians than terrorists in the Valley and Soz in his forthcoming book reportedly endorses former Pakistan president Musharraf's assessment that Kashmiris will opt for independence given a chance. Shah said soon after Azad's remarks Lashkar-e-Taiba came out with a statement supporting him. What kind of frequency matching is this between LeT and the Congress, he said, asking party president Rahul Gandhi to explain how Azad and the LeT PTI shared views. Lukaku, Hazard power Belgium to brink of WC last 16 AGENCIES MOSCOW, 23 JUNE Romelu Lukaku drew level with Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of the World Cup goalscoring charts on Saturday, scoring twice as Belgium moved to the brink of the last 16 after a 5-2 romp against Tunisia. The victory leaves the Red Devils top of Group G with two wins ahead of their clash on Thursday against England, who play Panama on Sunday. After also scoring twice in the opening 3-0 win against Panama, Manchester United's Lukaku showed clinical finishing with two first-half goals in Moscow, matching Ronaldo's tally in Russia. Not to be outdone, Belgium captain Eden Hazard scored in either half, including an early penalty at the Spartak Stadium, before substitute Michy Batshuayi added their fifth. Tunisia's consolation goals came from defender Dylan Bronn and captain Wahbi Khazri. The Belgians were criticised by coach Roberto Martinez for starting slowly against Panama in their first group match but flew out of the blocks in Moscow. Hazard -- having been on the receiving end of some bruising tackles in Belgium's opener -- was sent tumbling after just five minutes but converted the penalty to open his Russian account. Midfielder Ferjani Sassi picked up an early booking for complaining when Tunisia's appeals for a penalty fell on deaf ears, just before Belgium added their second goal. Ali Maaloul's weak pass on the halfway line was collected by Dries Mertens, who sprinted away and put Lukaku TODAY’S MATCHES England v Panama 5.30 p.m. Japan v Senegal 8.30 p.m. Poland v Colombia 11.30 p.m. Belgium players celebrate their fourth goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group G football match between Belgium and Tunisia at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on Saturday. AFP clear. The striker coolly hit his shot inside the far post, just past the outstretched glove of Tunisia keeper Farouk Ben Mustapha, in the 16th minute. CMYK Tunisia responded two minutes later, Bronn leaping highest to head home a free- kick from his skipper Khazri on 18 minutes, only to be later carried off after landing awkwardly following a collision. With half-time approaching, the Belgians grabbed their third goal. After earlier squandering two clear chances created by Kevin De Bruyne, Lukaku converted his third opportunity just before the half-time whistle. Thomas Meunier put him in behind the defence and Lukaku tucked his shot away, celebrating with De Bruyne, who started the move. The Manchester City mid- field maestro turned provider again after the break for Hazard. The Chelsea star sprinted onto De Bruyne's lofted pass, held off two defenders, rounded keeper Ben Mustapha and tapped home Belgium's fourth goal in the 51st minute. With one eye on the England game, Martinez took off Lukaku, then Hazard as the half wore on and for the final 22 minutes brought on Batshuayi, who could have scored five. The Borussia Dortmund forward had a chance cleared off the line, was twice denied by Ben Mustapha's saves and hit the crossbar, finally converting a cross for Belgium's fifth goal. Tunisia captain Khazri grabbed their second goal just before the final whistle of their second defeat in Russia. SEE ALSO PGS 11 AND 12
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