MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 25 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 P5 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 41 and 32 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY DIVIDED EUROPEAN UNION HOLDS MIGRATION TALKS SILTATION HURDLE IN NW 1 PROJECT, SAYS NITISH I WAS FIRST SATYAGRAHI AGAINST EMERGENCY: JAITLEY P7 Mehbooba rejects Shah allegations Two LeT men killed in J&K encounter, one surrenders Pak denies Indian envoy denied access to gurudwara STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, 24 JUNE Pakistan today rejected the allegations that Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria was denied access to a famous Sikh Gurudwara near here, saying the diplomat had agreed to cancel his visit following protests by Sikh pilgrims against the release of controversial movies in India. India yesterday summoned Pakistan's Deputy High Commissioner in New Delhi Syed Haider Shah and lodged a strong protest over the denial of access to its envoy in Islamabad and consular officials to visit Gurudwara Panja Sahib and meet visiting Indian pilgrims. It was conveyed to the Pakistan side that this was in violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961, and the 1974 bilateral Protocol on visit to religious shrines. Foreign Office spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal today tweeted that Sikh pilgrims“were protesting against maltreatment in India & release of controversial movies.” He said the Indian High Commissioner was informed about the pilgrims’ sentiments and Mr Bisaria agreed to cancel his visit due to this concern. Earlier, media reports had said that Mr Bisaria and his wife were denied entry by Sikhs who were protesting over controversial movie PTI Nanak Shah Fakir. Min. 29% Former chief minister says PDP never wavered on Agenda of Alliance Max: 42.2°C (+5) SUN RISES 05:26 hrs MOON RISES 16:54 hrs Min: 31.6°C (+3) SUN SETS 19:23 hrs MOON SETS 03:58 hrs STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE THUMBNAILS Home Minister Rajnath Singh visits 'Ger' of a nomadic tribe family along with Mongolian Prime Minister Ukhnaagin Khurelsukh in UlaanIANS baatar on Sunday India beat Argentina: India continued their unbeaten run in the Champions Trophy hockey tournament and surprised Olympic champions Argentina 2-1 for a second consecutive win in the 37th and last edition of the prestigious tournament in Breda in the Netherlands P15 on Sunday. JAMMU, 24 JUNE A day after BJP President Amit Shah accused her of having pursued a soft approach towards terrorism in Kashmir, former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday hit back at him, claiming that the PDP-BJP coalition government headed by her had functioned strictly in accordance with the Agenda of Alliance (AOA) that was approved by the top BJP leadership. In a series of tweets, Mehbooba said many false charges have been leveled against the PDP by their former allies. “It is sad to see them disown their own initiative & label it a soft approach”. Mehbooba, who had so far remained silent on the issue on the BJP withdrawing support to her, took a tough stance on the reasons that Amit Shah cited for the breakup with the PDP while addressing a public meeting on Saturday in Jammu. Mehbooba said; “Our commitment to the Agenda of Alliance, co-authored by Ram Madhav & endorsed by senior leaders like Rajnath Ji never wavered”. She said that whatever she did was within the framework of the AOA. Major arrested after colleague’s wife killed STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE MEERUT, 24 JUNE A joint team of Meerut and Delhi police arrested an Army major in connection with the murder of the wife of a Lt Colonel in Delhi cantonment on Saturday. Delhi police arrived here on Sunday and with the help of local arrested Major Nikhil Rai Handa from the Sadar area of the city in connection with the murder of Shaileja Dwivedi, wife of Lt Colonel Amit Dwivedi in Delhi on Saturday. Confirming the arresting SP City, Ranvijay Singh, said , that Major Handa will be taken to Delhi in the custody of Delhi police. Shaileja Dwivedi (30) was found dead in a pool of blood near the metro station in Delhi cantonment on Saturday. Her throat was slit first “Status quo on Article 370, dialogue with Pakistan & Hurriyat were a part of AoA. Encouraging dialogue, withdrawing cases against stonepelters & the unilateral ceasefire were much needed measures to restore confidence on the ground.This was recognized & endorsed by BJP”, she said. Refuting Amit Shah’s claim that the BJP had withdrawn support to her because she was discriminating against Jammu and Ladakh, Mehbooba in a tweet said; “allegations of discrimination against Jammu & Ladakh have no basis in reality. Yes, the valley has been in turmoil for a long time & the floods of 2014 were a setback, therefore needed focused attention. But that does not mean that there was any less development elsewhere”. Blaming the BJP for any shortcoming in Jammu, she said: “Results on the ground for all to see. If anything they should review the performance of their own ministers, who largely represented the Jammu region if there were any such concerns, none among them either at state or central level talked about it during the last 3 years”. Referring to the rapemurder of a minor girl in Kathua, Mehbooba said; “Not handing over the Rasana rape & murder case to CBI, getting the pro rapist ministers removed & also issuing orders not to harass the Gujjar & Bakarwal community in the guise of anti encroachment drives were my duties as CM to provide a sense of security to both communities”. Amit Shah while addressing the public meeting in connection with the 65th death anniversary of the Jana Sangh ideologue Dr.Shyama Prasad Mukherji had listed several reasons for withdrawal of support to Mehbooba. He had said said they waited for four years for balanced development and restoration of peace but it proved to be a mirage. “A time came when Army jawan Aurangzeb was abducted and killed. An editor was murdered. India is a democracy and any editor has the independence to write anything. Stones were given in the hands of youth. The attack on army jawans and security personnel increased by the day,” he said. Replying to Shah’s concerns about freedom of expression in the state, Mehbooba in another tweet said: “After expressing concern about freedom of expression in J&K following Shujaat's murder, their MLA, notorious & even punished for his role in the aftermath of the unfortunate Kathua case still threatens journalists belonging to the valley, so what are they going to do about him?” She was referring to the BJP legislator Lal Singh who had yesterday landed in yet another controversy by asking the media in Kashmir to draw a line on what they were reporting about separatists and terrorists, or face the fate of Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari, who was shot dead by militants. In the first such incident in the recent past, one terrorist surrendered while two others belonging to Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) were killed on Sunday in an encounter with security forces in the Chadderbhan area of Kulgam district in South Kashmir. Among those killed was Shakur Ahmad Dar, a ‘divisional commander’ of the LeT. A civilian, identified as Yawar Ahmad Dar, also killed when police opened fire at a mob of stone pelters who tried to disrupt the operation of the security forces. Six others were injured in the clashes. Army spokesman, Colonel Rajesh Kalia said that one of the three trapped terrorists surrendered with arms and ammunition before the security forces. The surrendered terrorists has been taken to a secure location for further interrogation particularly on the plans of terrorists concerning the annual Amarnath pilgrimage. J&K director general of police, SP Vaid, confirmed that two terrorists have been killed. Earlier, there were reports that two to three terrorists were AN ENGLISH STORM Initially, police were informed that a woman had died in an accident. Later, it was found that her throat had been slit and than her body was apparently run over by a car in an effort to make the incident appear to be an accident. Initially, police were informed that a woman had died in an accident. Later, when they inspected the body, it was found that her throat had been slit, they said. According to the sources Delhi police turned up the major’s involvement in the murder through the mobile phone records of the deceased. The duo were friends and were reportedly seen together on the day of the crime. trapped there. Men of the Army, CRPF and J&K Police have cordoned off the area and were engaged in the encounter. The encounter began when security forces were this afternoon clearing the highway in the area for the upcoming Amarnath pilgrimage. Security forces had on Friday killed four terrorists of the ISJK outfit in South Kashmir, amidst indications that militants of various terror outfits have regrouped in the area ahead of the Amarnath pilgrimage. State Governor NN Vohra is personally overlooking the security arrangements for the pilgrimage and has visited various sensitive locations of the yatra route during the past two days. Army chief General Bipan Rawat, yesterday discussed the security scenario with the Governor. Top Army, CRPF ITBP , and intelligence officers are also camping in South Kashmir. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 24 JUNE England's Harry Kane scores a penalty during the FIFA World Cup Group G match against Panama at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium AFP in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday. He scored a hat-trick as England thrashed Panama 6-1 to go through to the knockout stage. AGENCE-FRANCE PRESSE The move is expected to boost women's employment, and according to a Bloomberg estimate, add $90 billion to economic output by 2030 RIYADH, 24 JUNE woman” before driving a sedan across the border to the kingdom of Bahrain. The lifting of the ban, long a glaring symbol of repression, is expected to be transformative for many women, freeing them from dependence on private chauffeurs or male relatives. Euphoria was mixed with disbelief as women across the kingdom flooded social media with videos of their maiden car rides, with a heavy presence of A civilian also died when police opened fire at a mob of stone pelters who tried to disrupt the operation. Six others were injured in the clashes ISLAMABAD, 24 JUNE Violence cannot solve any problem: Modi Celebrations, tears as Saudi women take the wheel Saudi women celebrated taking the wheel for the first time in decades today as the kingdom overturned the world's only ban on female motorists, a historic reform expected to usher in a new era of social mobility. The much-trumpeted move is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's plan to modernise the conservative petrostate ~ but it has been dented by the jailing of female activists who long opposed the driving ban. Women in Riyadh and other cities began zipping around streets bathed in amber light soon after the ban was lifted at midnight, with some blasting music from behind the wheel. “I feel free like a bird,” said talkshow host and writer Samar Almogren as she cruised across the capital. Television presenter Sabika al-Dosari called it “a historic moment for every Saudi P15 P12 Max. 55% TEMPERATURE FEDERER LOSES NO.1 SPOT AFTER SHOCK DEFEAT policemen, some of whom distributed flowers to the firsttime drivers. “This is a great achievement,” billionaire Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal said as his daughter Reem drove a family SUV, with his granddaughters applauding from the back seat. “Now women have their freedom,” he added in a video posted on Twitter. Many Saudi women ebulliently declared plans online to drive for coffee or ice cream, a mundane experience elsewhere in the world but a dazzling novelty in the kingdom. “The jubilance, confidence and pride expressed by Saudi women driving for the first time in their country, without fear of arrest, brought tears to my eyes,” tweeted activist Hala al-Dosari, while lauding the jailed campaigners. But many women are keeping away, testing reactions in a society torn between tradition and social change ~ and bracing for a possible backlash from hardliners who have long preached that allowing female motorists would promote promiscuity and sin. The decision to lift the ban was catalysed in large measure by what experts characterise as economic pain in the kingdom owing to a protracted oil slump. The move is expected to boost women's employment, and according to a Bloomberg estimate, add $90 billion to economic output by 2030. For now, the women taking to the roads appear mainly to be those who have swapped foreign licences for Saudi ones after undergoing a practical test. Some three million women in Saudi Arabia could receive licences and actively begin driving by 2020, according to consultancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. A handful of female driving schools have cropped up in several cities, training women to drive cars as well as Harley Davidson motorbikes ~ scenes unimaginable even a year ago. But many women fear they are still vulnerable to sexist attitudes in a nation where male “guardians” ~ their fathers, husbands or other relatives ~ can exercise arbitrary authority to make decisions on their behalf. The government has preemptively addressed concerns of abuse by outlawing sexual harassment, and authorities have sternly warned against stalking women drivers. Prince Mohammed, appointed heir to the most powerful throne in the Middle East a year ago, has also lifted a ban on cinemas and mixed-gender concerts, following his public vow to return the austere kingdom to moderate Islam. However, much of the initial optimism over his reforms appears to have been knocked by a major crackdown on women driving activists. Authorities have said nine of 17 arrested people remain behind bars, accused of undermining security and aiding enemies of the state.The detainees include Loujain al-Hathloul (28) ~ also held in 2014 for more than 70 days for attempting to drive from neighbouring United Arab Emirates to Saudi Arabia ~ and Aziza al-Yousef, a retired professor at Riyadh's King Saud University. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the everlasting message left behind by incidents such as the Jallianwala Bagh massacre is that cruelty and violence cannot solve any problem and noted that peace and nonviolence always win. In his weekly talk “Mann Ki Baat” he referred to the incident which will complete 100 years next year, saying people must remember the message it has imparted. “Violence and cruelty can never solve any problem. It is peace and non-violence, renunciation and martyrdom that are triumphant in the end," Modi said. Without referring to any specific incident such as the lynching in Hapur allegedly over cow slaughter, people killed in the recent past over fake WhatsApp messages on child lifters on the prowl, he focused on the issue of violence. Modi observed the history of India's struggle for independence was very long, very vast and filled with countless sacrifices. "In the year 2019, 100 years of the horrific incident of Jallianwala Bagh will come to a full circle; it was an incident that embarrassed the entire humanity." "Who can forget that dark day of April 13, 1919, when abusing all limits of power, crossing all the boundaries of cruelty; the guiltless, unarmed and innocent people were fired upon. How can we remember the completion of 100 years of this horrific event is something we can all give a thought to," he said. He weaved in the teachings of Guru Nanak and Kabir Das to drive home the point that there is a need to eradicate caste-based discrimination and to embrace humanity. He said the 550th 'Prakash Parv' (birth anniversary) of Guru Nanak Dev will be celebrated in 2019. "I want all of us to join this great festival with enthusiasm and fervour. To celebrate this festival in the entire Indian society and around the world, I also urge you to suggest new ideas, new concepts, and innovations on which we can ponder and make preparations and thus we can also celebrate the prakash parv as 'prerna parv (festival of inspiration) with great pride," he said. Modi also hailed Bharatiya Jan Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee, saying the most important thing for the leader was the integrity and unity of India " ... And for this, at the young age of 52, he also sacrificed his life ... Let us forever remember Mookherjee's message of unity imbued with the spirit of goodwill and brotherhood and remain proactive with all our might for the progress of India," he said. The Prime Minister said as India's first Industries minister, Mookerjee laid a strong foundation for India's industrial development and prepared a solid base. "The first industrial policy of Independent India, which came in 1948, was stamped with his ideas and vision. Mookherjee's dream was for India to be industrially self-reliant, competent and prosperous in every sphere," Modi said. He said besides heavy industries, Mookerjee laid emphasis on the development of MSME, textile and cottage industry. " There was also a special emphasis by Dr. Mookherjee on indigenisation of India's defence production," he pointed out.
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