CMYK MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 25 JUNE 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P3 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky, one or two spells of thundershowers. Temperature will be in the range of 32-27 degrees Celsius RAINFALL: 2.1 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Min. 82% Max: 30.2°C (-3) SUN RISES 04:54 hrs MOON RISES 15.59 hrs Min: 28.3°C (+2) SUN SETS 18:24 hrs MOON SETS 02:40 hrs Full moon on 28 June THUMBNAILS A Saudi woman prepares to drive her car through Riyadh's streets after the law allowing women to drive comes into effect on Sunday. AFP 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 P11 on Sunday. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, 24 JUNE 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. A NEW DELHI, 24 JUNE External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj was today trolled and abused on Twitter over a controversy involving the issue of passports to an interfaith couple. Last week, a Passport Seva Kendra official, Vikas Mishra, in Lucknow was transferred after the couple alleged that he humiliated them when they went to the office with their passport applications. According to the couple, he asked the husband to convert to Hinduism and pulled up the wife for marrying a Muslim. A section of social media attacked Swaraj and the ministry for taking action against Mishra, saying that he was just doing his duty. “Biased decision #ISupportVikasMishra shame on you mam...is it effect of your islamic kidney??(sic)” read one tweet. The minister took it on the chin and retweeted some of the tweets that were even abusive and communal in nature. “I was out of India from 17th to 23rd June 2018. I do not know what happened in my absence. However, I am honoured with some tweets. I am sharing them with you. So I have liked them,” she tweeted. Mishra had said in his defence that he was secular and had told the woman that her 'nikahnama' showed her name as Shazia Anas, which should be endorsed in her file. “For this she refused. If she had consented... we would have sent it to the 'A' section for data modification. We have to see which person is taking the passport in what name. There is documentary proof, how can we ignore that. I am secular and I have myself had an inter-caste marriage,” he told the media. “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 Mukher- NEW DELHI, 24 JUNE 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 non-violence 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 we can 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 P12 Two LeT men killed in J&K encounter, one surrenders STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, 24 JUNE ji 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-Taiyyaba (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 trapped there. 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 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 MEERUT/NEW DELHI, 24 JUNE Today’s matches Saudi Arabia v Egypt Uruguay v Russia (7:30 p.m.) Iran v Portugal Spain v Morocco (11.30 p.m.) England's Harry Kane scores a penalty during the FIFA World Cup Group G match against Panama at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday. He scored a hat-trick as England thrashed Panama 6-1 to go through to the last-16 stage. AFP (P12) The states... (have) ... different priorities, but in spite of all this, all the decisions that have been taken in the GST Council so far have been taken with absolute consensus NARENDRA MODI PRIME MINISTER 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 Pakistan says Bisaria not denied access to gurudwara ISLAMABAD, 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. Army Major held over killing of colleague’s wife AN ENGLISH STORM Violence, cruelty cannot solve any problem: Modi STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE RONALDO OUT TO SHOW HE IS THE BOSS P10 Mehbooba rejects Shah allegations Swaraj trolled over inter-faith couple row PRESS TRUST OF INDIA P10 Former chief minister says PDP never wavered on Agenda of Alliance Max.94% TEMPERATURE TURKEY’S ERDOGAN FACES RESURGENT OPPOSITION DIVIDED EUROPEAN UNION HOLDS MIGRATION TALKS I WAS FIRST SATYAGRAHI AGAINST EMERGENCY: JAITLEY 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. Describing the goods and services tax (GST) as a fine example of cooperative federalism, Modi said the new system is a “festival of honesty” which had ended 'inspector raj' in the country. As the new tax regime completes one year, the prime minister said if he has to credit anyone for the successful implementation of one nation, one tax' system, it is the states. CMYK “GST is a great example of cooperative federalism, where all the states decided to take a unanimous decision in the interest of the nation, and then such a huge tax reform could be implemented in the country,” he said. The prime minister pointed out that so far there have been 27 meetings of the GST Council and decisions have been taken unanimously. “These meetings involve representatives of different states; states which have different priorities, but in spite of all this, all the decisions that have been taken in the GST Council so far have been taken with absolute consensus,” he said. He said GST is not only the victory of integrity but it is also a celebration of honesty. “Earlier, in the case of taxation and allied affairs in the country, there were rampant complaints of inspector raj. In the GST scheme, information technology has replaced the inspector”. 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 (40) 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 arrest, 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 and then 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. Delhi’s Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Vijay Kumar said the accused, Major Nikhil Handa, was “obsessed” with the victim and wanted to marry her. Another police officer claimed that the woman and the accused had an affair. Major Handa, who is married with two kids, knew the women and her husband since 2015 when they both were posted in Nagaland, the DCP said. Initially, police were informed that a woman had died in an accident. Later, it was found that her throat had been slit The woman's husband spotted Major Handa in the CCTV footage of the hospital, where his wife had gone for a physiotherapy session and went missing from there, and told the police that he suspected him. The police then started looking for Handa and found that he was in touch with a couple of friends and was hiding at the Officers' Mess in Meerut Cantonment. A Delhi Police team reached Meerut and nabbed Major Handa when he was trying to escape from there in his silver-coloured car, officials said. Major Handa was arrested by the team. After the arrest, they informed their counterparts in Meerut. The accused had come to Delhi from Dimapur around a fortnight ago on the pretext of treatment. Yesterday, he met the woman and they had an argument while they were sitting in his car and he allegedly slit her throat and threw her out of the vehicle, the police officers said. The woman held on to the car after being thrown out but the accused ran over her and fled from the spot, they added. Two knives were found in his car, which indicates that he might have planned it in advance, police said. Earlier, the woman was dropped at the Army Base Hospital in her husband's official vehicle by a driver yesterday. Later, when the driver came back to pick her up, he could not find her and learnt that she did not attend her scheduled physiotherapy session.
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