CMYK THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 28 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 P7 SENSEX 35,217.11 -272.93 Generally cloudy sky. A few spells of rain/thundershowerlikely. Max and min temp likely to be 32-26 degree cel, resp RAINFALL: 23.0 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Min. 71% Max: 31.7°C (-1) SUN RISES 04:55 hrs MOON RISES 18.32 hrs Min: 26.0°C (-1) SUN SETS 18:25 hrs MOON SETS 04:52 hrs Full moon today THUMBNAILS P V Sindhu (photo) and Srikanth advanced to the pre-quarterfinals after pulling off contrasting wins in the opening round of the Malaysia Open tournament on Wednesday. P11 US postpones '2+2 dialogue' with India due to 'unavoidable reasons': The United States on Wednesday conveyed to India that it has postponed the 2+2 dialogue', scheduled to be held next week in Washington, due to “unavoidable reasons”. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman were to travel to the US to take part in the meeting with US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo and Secretary of Defence James Mattis on 6 July. ` vs $ 68.61 -37 PAISE Govt slams report on Indian women PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 27 JUNE Max.97% TEMPERATURE P3 NIFTY 10,671.40 -97.75 WEATHER ‘VISIT TO SOLIDIFY INDO-US TIES’ PAK ENVOY MISSING AT SUSHMA’S ID FUNCTION BREXIT AND THE INDIAN PERSPECTIVE The Women and Child Development Ministry today dismissed as “clearly inaccurate” a survey that ranked India the world's most dangerous country for women, saying the report is based on perception of “unknown persons”. A senior WCD official said the ministry has asked the Thomson Reuters Foundation, which conducted the survey, for details on the experts to ascertain the report's authenticity, but no reply has been received as yet. The Thomson Reuters Foundation, after a survey of about 550 experts on women's issues, has ranked India the world's most dangerous country for women, followed by wartorn Afghanistan and Syria, due to the high risk of sexual violence. The WCD said Reuters used a flawed methodology to arrive at the conclusion. “The ranking is based on a perception poll based on responses to simply six questions. The results are not derived from any kind of data and are solely based on inherently subjective A WCD official said the ministry has asked the agency for details to ascertain the report’s authenticity opinions,” the ministry said in a statement. “Further, the poll has been conducted with 548 respondents, which have been defined by Reuters as experts focused on women's issues'. However, information on their designation, credentials, country of expertise or qualifications is not available thus reliability is an issue,” it said. The methodology given by the organisation also includes policy-makers' as one of the respondents. However, no information or opinion has been sought from this ministry regarding this poll, it added. “India is far ahead of many countries in most of these areas and has also seen significant improvement in indicators when compared with its own performance in previous years. Therefore, the ranking of India is a surprise and clearly inaccurate,” it said. Army Chief slams UN report: Army Chief Bipin Rawat on Wednesday slammed the recent UN report on alleged human rights violations in Kashmir as “motivated” and said that India should not be too concerned about it. Rawat also asserted that the Army's human rights record is “absolutely above board”. “I don't think we should get too concerned about the report. Some of these reports are motivated,” Rawat said when asked about the recent UN report that alleged rights violation in J&K. P3 SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 27 JUNE o officer should be under a “cloud” and blanket clean chit cannot be given to anybody, the Supreme Court observed today, as it told the government that it was free to look into the “serious” allegations against ED officer Rajeshwar Singh, who is probing the “highly sensitive” 2G spectrum case and the Aircel-Maxis deal. A vacation bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Sanjay Kishan Kaul, which was of the view that the sensitive matter involved national security, said the allegations against Singh were required to be looked into and the government should take a call whether he would have any role to play in the further probe. Modifying its interim order granting Singh protection against an inquiry, the court referred to the Centre's affidavit which stated that it did not intend to protect anybody, includ- N ist on June 14, they said. Jatt, who escaped from the busy SMHS hospital in February this year, is associated with Lashker-eTaiba. They said a Pakistan-based blogger, a resident of Srinagar and now settled there, has also been identified. The blogger had started a hate campaign against Bukhari after he had attended a Dubai conference last year. Bukhari, editor-in-chief of local daily Rising Kashmir, was killed on June 14 by three men outside his office at press enclave here. Two of his PSOs were also killed in the attack. Germany out; Brazil through AGENCIES KAZAN ARENA, 27 JUNE While Germany crashed out of the World Cup today after a stoppage-time VAR-assisted goal from Young-gwon Kim and a late second by Son Heungmin earned South Korea a 2-0 win, Brazil comfortably reached the World Cup last 16 after Paulinho and Thiago Silva scored in each half to give them a 2-0 win over Serbia who were eliminated. The five-times world champions finished top of Group E with seven points and will face Mexico in the second round. Serbia ended in third place with three points. Paulin- South Korea's midfielder Lee Jae-sung (R) vies for the ball with Germany's defender Jonas Hector (L) on Wednesday. AFP TODAY’S MATCHES RESULTS Japan vs Poland 7.30 p.m. South Korea vs Germany 2-0 Senegal vs Colombia 7.30 p.m. England vs Belgium 11.30 p.m. Panama vs Tunisia 11.30 p.m. Brazil vs Serbia 2-0 Sweden vs Mexico 3-0 Switzerland vs Costa Rica 2-2 ho broke the deadlock in the 36th minute when he timed his run perfectly to reach Philippe Coutinho's lofted through pass and flick the ball over goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic. Serbia forward Aleksandar Mitrovic had two excel- lent chances to equalise with close-range headers in the second half before Brazil defender Thiago Silva sealed the game with a near-post header from a corner in the 68th minute. The Switzerland-Costa Rica match ended SILVER 39,900.00 +250.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 77.07 +0.76 Modifies earlier order on officer probing 2G, Aircel-Maxis scam cases SRINAGAR, 27 JUNE Brazil's midfielder Casemiro (C-R) vies for the ball with Serbia's forward Filip Kostic (C-L) during the World Cup match. AFP P11 SC allows inquiry against ED officer Bukhari killing: Lashkar ultra among 3 assassins Three persons involved in the killing of veteran journalist Shujaat Bukhari have been identified by the Jammu and Kashmir Police and one of them is escaped Lashker-e-Taiba terrorist Naveed Jatt, a Pakistani national, police officers said here. Two locals were also identified by the police and are believed to be from one of the villages in south Kashmir. Police were trying to corroborate the evidence from the ground, they said. The details about the plans to kill Bukhari surfaced during an investigation in one of the recent encounters at Kulgam during which police officers got evidence to suggest that Jatt was in the middle of the motorcycle on which three terrorists were seen on the CCTV footage minutes before gunning down the journal- P3 GOLD 29,485.00 +155.00 PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Trump-Putin summit in third country: US PresiP dent Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will meet in a third country at a date to be announced, the Kremlin said on Wednesday. “I can say that we have reached an agreement to hold a summit, we have even agreed on the time and the place of the meeting, and we will announce this with our US colleagues tomorrow,” said Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov, adding that the meeting would be in a “third country”. NADAL BESET BY WIMBLEDON WORRIES in a 2-2 draw. Switzerland were through to the last 16 where they will face Sweden. Sweden surged into the last 16 of the World Cup with a deserved 3-0 victory today over a poor Mexico side, who still qualified ahead of Germany after the holders' loss to South Korea. The Swedes went through to the knockout rounds as the unlikely winners of Group F, taking the beaten Mexicans with them. German coach Joachim Loew struggled to explain his team’s exit. "I cannot say why this was for us," he told reporters. "It was a bit of overconfidence’’. SEE ALSO PAGE 12 CMYK ing the high or the mighty, and observed that it was nobody's case that government was “seeking to thwart the investigation”. The bench said it was “troubled” with the Centre's response as documents placed before it in a sealed cover contained “startling” facts. “We direct that the government is free to look into the materials against respondent number 3 (Rajeshwar Singh) and the same can be looked into,” the bench ordered. “... It will be the call of the government whether Singh will have any role to play in the matter,” it said, referring that a charge sheet has already been filed in the Aircel-Maxis deal case. During the arguments, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Vikramjit Banerjee, appearing for the Centre, said the government was willing to probe the charges that Singh had amassed disproportionate assets, as he handed over a communication in a sealed cover to the bench. “Of course, the Supreme Court's order (granting protection to Singh against inquiry) comes in our way,” the ASG said. After perusing the document, the bench observed, “As a matter of fact, when there is an allegation, whether right or wrong, against you (Singh), it has to be looked into”. “The other issue is that you should not be victimised. The third point is whether it would be appropriate for you to investigate when you are under a cloud and under investigation,” the bench said, adding “the things which have come before us are startling”. “You are simply an officer. You can't be given a blanket clean chit. Everybody is accountable. You must be accountable for any action. We need to ensure that you are accountable. We don't want to damage you or comment against you. There are very serious allegations against you,” it told the officer. It also made it clear that it has not commented against anybody. The bench noted that the government had assured that the probe in these cases would be done as per the time schedule fixed by the top court which, on March 12, had given a deadline of six months to the CBI and ED to complete the probe. Senior advocate R S Suri, appearing for Singh, told the bench that there was a serious issue of maintainability of the plea filed by Rajneesh Kapur, who claims to be an investigative journalist who is seeking a probe against Singh for allegedly amassing assets which are disproportionate to his known source of income. To this, the bench said, “We had given six months time (to CBI and ED to complete the ongoing investigation) and protection was granted (to Singh).’’ Madras HC judge to hear TN MLAs’ case NEW DELHI, 27 JUNE The Supreme Court today assigned the case relating to the disqualification of 18 AIADMK MLAs owing allegiance to sidelined party leader T T V Dhinakaran, to Justice M Sathyanarayanan of Madras High Court, following a split verdict on the matter by a division bench. A vacation bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra and Sanjay Kishan Kaul refused to transfer the case from the High Court and said that Justice Sathyanarayanan would hear and decide the pleas filed by these MLAs challenging their disqualification by the Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker. The apex court's order came on petitions filed by some of the disqualified MLAs seeking transfer of their pleas challenging their disqualification from the Madras High Court to the top court. Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal had on September 18 last year disqualified these 18 MLAs on the ground that they had tried to pull down the AIADMK government in the state. PTI
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