TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 26 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 SENSEX 35,470.35 -219.25 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky with possibility of dust storm/thunderstorm towards afternoon/evening. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 40 and 31 degrees Celsius respectively. ERDOGAN DECLARED WINNER OF TURKEY PRESIDENTIAL POLLS GOYAL HOPEFUL OF FINDING LAND FOR BULLET TRAIN JAITLEY LIKENS INDIRA GANDHI TO HITLER NIFTY 10,762.45 -59.40 P6 ARCHER DEEPIKA WINS GOLD AT WC STAGE-3 EVENT P12 ` vs $ 68.13 -29 PAISE GOLD 29,515.00 +90.00 SILVER 40,000.00 00.00 India, Seychelles to work on Island project RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Min. 34% Max: 42.7°C (+5) SUN RISES 05:25 hrs MOON RISES 17:48 hrs Min: 32.6°C (+4) SUN SETS 19:23 hrs MOON SETS 04:40 hrs STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 25 JUNE BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 74.33 -1.22 Heavy rains lash Mumbai Accord to develop strategic naval base, Delhi announces $ 100-m LoC Max. 62% P15 TEMPERATURE THUMBNAILS Sachin Tendulkar feels India has headed to the tour of England with “the most complete fast-bowling attack in many many years”, a “luxury” that was not there during his 24 P15 years in international cricket. Parliament monsoon session from 18 July: The Monsoon session of Parliament is set to begin on 18 July and end on 10 August with the triple talaq bill among the legislative items topping the government's agenda. The session will have nearly 18 sittings, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar told reporters. “The triple talaq bill, which has been passed by the Lok Sabha and is pending in the Rajya Sabha, will be among the top priorities of the government,” the minister added. He said the government will push for constitutional status for the National Commission for OBCs. Talcher coalfield hit by strike: The entire Talcher coalfield which feeds coal to several states in the country has been paralysed due to an indefinite strike by contractual workers deployed in production. As coal production and dispatch came to a grinding halt here on Monday, power plants in the southern states of the country may face fuel shortage. Coal supply to two NTPC power plants and Nalco captive plant also has been hit due to this strike. CIC notices on PM’s ‘aunt’: The CIC on Monday issued show-cause notices to two officials of the Union Labour Ministry for not furnishing complete information to a 90-year old widow, claiming to be the “aunt” of PM Modi, who had been running from pillar to post for renewal of rent for a government dispensary running on her premises. Information Commissioner Acharyulu pulled up the officials for not furnishing complete information to Dahiben Narottamdas Modi of Vadnagar in Gujarat's Mehsana district. She has claimed in her petition before CIC that the ministry has been paying Rs 1,500 a month as rent since P6 1998. India-UAE U talks to boost ties I ndia and Seychelles on Monday agreed to go ahead with the Assumption Island project to develop a strategic naval base even as New Delhi announced a $100 million line of credit (LoC) for the Indian Ocean nation to strengthen its defence capabilities and maritime infrastructure. The two countries also signed six agreements in diverse areas such as defence, maritime security, diplomacy and infrastructure development. At a joint media interaction with visiting Seychelles President Danny Faure, Prime Minister Narendra Modi disclosed that the Assumption Island, where India wants to build a naval facility in view of the growing Chinese presence in the region, did come up for discussion between the two leaders. The Seychelles leader also confirmed that the issue did figure in the context of maritime security. ‘’We are equally engaged and will continue to work together (on the project) bearing each other’s interest in mind,’’ he added. Days before his visit, Faure had stated that the island project would not figure during his talks in New Delhi because of the growing opposition to it in the NEW DELHI, 25 JUNE PM Modi with Seychelles President Faure after presenting a model of Dornier aircraft during a joint press meet. AFP island nation. The Seychelles Parliament had last week refused to ratify the agreement for the project, signed in 2015. Faure is on his first bilateral visit to India at the invitation of President Ram Nath Kovind. He has already visited Ahmedabad and Goa before landing in Delhi. Modi also announced that India would give a Dornier aircraft to Seychelles on Tuesday which would take part in its National Day celebrations on 29 June. He said India was committed to help SC to hear plea of AIADMK rebel MLAs PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 25 JUNE The Supreme Court will hear on Wednesday, a plea of 18 disqualified MLAs of AIADMK seeking transfer of their petition challenging their disqualification by the Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker from Madras high Court to the apex court. The disqualified MLAs claimed that the split verdict of the high court given on June 14, would further delay holding of fresh elections to the assembly seats. A vacation bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Sanjay Kishan Kaul said it will hear the matter day after tomorrow and direct- External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday held talks with visiting UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to discuss ways to consolidate the relationship between the two countries in different areas. MAbdullah arrived in New Delhi on Sunday on a week-long visit focused on boosting energy and trade cooperation. "Partnership going from strength to strength! EAM @SushmaSwaraj met with Foreign Minister of UAE, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Leaders exchanged views on consolidating our bilateral relationship," MEAspokesperson (P10) said. SNS Seychelles strengthen its defence capabilities, maritime infrastructure and increase the capability of its defence personnel. With India's support, Seychelles would be able to tackle both traditional as well as non-traditional maritime challenges and safeguard its maritime resources, Modi said. On his part, Faure said, "We will benefit from a second line of credit (announced by India) that will help the infrastructure of our military (and) defence forces in Sey- Damaged vehicles are pictured amongst debris after a landslide following heavy monAFP soon rain showers in Mumbai on Monday. PTI & SNS MUMBAI, 25 JUNE The Southwest Monsoon picked up momentum in Mumbai, bringing heavy showers that claimed three lives in the city and adjoining Thane, officials said today. Heavy rains lashed the metropolis and Thane district throughout the night and continued this morning, causing water-logging at several places and slowing the movement of suburban trains, thus causing inconvenience to officegoers. Two persons were killed last evening when a tree fell on them near Metro Cinema in south Mumbai, said an official from the disaster management unit of the Brihanmumbai Municipal chelles. Through the grant, we will build a new government house. We will also build a new police headquarters and a new building for the Attorney General's office. INX Media case: CBI challenges Karti bail On page 9: Look at neighbours before looking east SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 25 JUNE The CBI today moved the Supreme Court challenging a Delhi High Court order granting bail to Karti Chidambaram in the INX Media case. The CBI has claimed in its appeal that it was “impermissible in law” for the high court to entertain Karti's bail plea when an application seeking a similar relief was pending before the trial court. The CBI also alleged that the high court had “erroneously” conducted a “detailed examination” of evidence on merits at the stage of bail which has seriously prejudiced the PTI case of CBI. Corporation (BMC). . In another incident, a 65feet compound wall of a housing complex in Thane collapsed this morning, crushing two cars and another vehicle, he said. In Mumbai, a part of a compound caved-in at Antop Hill area in Wadala. Around 15 cars were damaged with some vehicles getting buried under the debris, a BMC official cell said. Mumbai received 231.4 mm rain in 24 hours. 5 die in Bengal: Five persons died due to the thunderstorm and lightning accompanied by a torrential downpour that hit West Bengal this morning. 10 yrs’ RI for Naroda convicts AHMEDABAD, 25 JUNE ed listing of the petition. Senior advocate Vikas Singh, appearing for the 18 disqualified MLAs, said it is a serious matter which required urgent hearing as the high court has given a split verdict on June 14 and the third judge is scheduled to hear the matter afresh. “This would further delay holding of fresh elections to the Assembly seats,” Singh said, while alleging that many people had got to know through WhatsApp messages about the third judge who will be hearing the case after the split verdict, even before his name was declared. The court said, “we don't go by WhatsApp messages.’’ A waterlogged road during rain showers at Behala, BarDILIP DUTTA isha area in Kolkata on Monday. Gujarat High Court today awarded 10 years' rigorous imprisonment to three convicts in the 2002 Naroda Patiya massacre case, observing that their punishment must be consistent with the brutality of the crime. The three of the total 16 accused were held guilty in an order pronounced on April 20. A division bench of justices Harsha Devani and A S Supehia awarded 10 years' rigorous imprisonment to the three convicts in the case -- P J Rajput, Rajkumar Chaumal and Umesh Bharwad. After their conviction on April 20 by the same court, the trio had sought further hearing on their quantum of sentence on the ground that they were not properly represented. Pronouncing the sentence today, the court gave them six weeks' time to surrender before the police. In its order on the quantum of sentence, the court observed that the crimes committed by them were against society, and their punishment must be consistent with the brutality with which the crime was committed. The three were held guilty of crimes other than that of murder, with maximum punishment of life sentence or 10 years attracted under IPC section 436 (mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to destroy house). “The court cannot set aside the agony and anguish of the victims... Offences are not against individuals but society at large and has consequences of polarising society,” the bench observed. “Imposing too lenient a sentence would amount to travesty of justice...Imposition of 10 years of rigorous imprisonment would be adequate punishment,” the court held. The court further observed that any liberal attitude with respect to such offences would be “counter-productive” and “against the interest of society.” Earlier, in their submissions, the three convicts had appealed for reduction of sentence, stating that the court has discretion for minimum sentence.The SIT and the state government, in their submissions, sought maximum punishment looking at the offence. All the three were acquitted by the special SIT court. However, while hearing appeals, the high court had found them guilty on April 20, even as it upheld the acquittal of 29 others. In its order on appeals on April 20, the high court had convicted 16 people, including the Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi, and acquitted 18 others, including ex BJP minister Maya Kodnani. Ruthless Uruguay trounce 10-man Russia 3-0 to top Group A m 0 AGENCIES SAMARA, 25 JUNE Russia's goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev (R) runs for the ball to stop a shot on goal by Uruguay's forward Luis Suarez (C) during the RusAFP sia 2018 World Cup Group A football match between Uruguay and Russia at the Samara Arena in Samara on Monday. Luis Suarez helped fire Uruguay into the last 16 of the World Cup as Group A winners today after opening the scoring in their 3-0 win over host nation Russia, who had a man sent off. A pinpoint free-kick from the Barcelona star and an own goal from Denis Cheryshev put Uruguay 2-0 up inside 23 minutes in Samara before Edinson Cavani added their late third in Samara. Russia were reduced to 10 men after 36 minutes when right-back Igor Smolnikov was sent off for two yellow cards in a match that will be a reality check for a team that easily won its first two matches. This is the first time Uruguay have won all three group games at a World Cup final. The South Americans will play their last-16 tie in Sochi TODAY’S MATCHES Argentina v Nigeria 11.30 p.m. Iceland v Croatia 11.30 p.m. Australia v Peru 7.30 p.m. Denmark v France 7.30 p.m. this Saturday against the Group B runners-up, either Spain, Portugal or Iran. Russia, who had sealed their spot for the last 16 before the match, will have the consolation of a day's extra rest and huge support at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium when they face the Group B winners on Sunday. Uruguay stamped their authority early in the group decider. When Russian midfielder Iury Gazinsky fouled Rodrigo Bentancur on the edge of the area, Suarez expertly placed the direct free-kick in the gap between the out-stretched glove of Russia's goalkeeper and the post on 10 minutes. Uruguay doubled their lead when Diego Laxalt's shot took a wicked deflection off the leg of defender Cheryshev and flew past the despairing Akinfeev on 23 minutes. It was heart-breaking for Cheryshev, who scored twice in the 5-0 trouncing of Saudi Arabia in the opening game. To compound Russia's problems, Smolnikov was sent off after scything down Laxalt just eight minutes after his first booking. Smolnikov, one of three changes from the team which enjoyed a 3-1 win over Egypt, was on the verge of tears as he trudged off with the home crowd stunned into near silence. Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov responded by taking Cheryshev off and slotting Brazilian-born Mario Fernandes into the vacant right-back berth. Despite the numerical disadvantage, Russia had opportunities to get back in the game as they kept battling. With 20 minutes remaining, the video assistant referee turned down Russian appeals for a penalty after Artem Dzyuba appeared to be elbowed in the face by Diego Godin. Moments later, a badlyhit clearance kick by Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera was snapped up by the Russians and Dzyuba fired just over the bar from 14 metres out. Cavani sealed the win on 90 minutes by tapping home the rebound, after Akinfeev had parried Godin's header. Essam El Hadary, the oldest player ever to appear at a World Cup, marked his record achievement with one outstanding penalty save for Egypt but was powerless to stop a second in a 2-1 defeat by Saudi Arabia today. SEE ALSO PAGES 15 & 16
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