THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 28 JUNE 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16+4 |`5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P6 SENSEX 35,217.11 -272.93 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky with moderate rain with strong gusty winds. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 35 and 27 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: 3.44 MM RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 92% Min. 57% Max: 37.5°C (0) SUN RISES 05:26 hrs MOON RISES 19:30 hrs Min: 26.2°C (-2) SUN SETS 19:23 hrs MOON SETS 06:14 hrs TEMPERATURE 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. P16 Trump-Putin summit in third country: US P President 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”. P7 NIFTY 10,671.40 -97.75 ` vs $ 68.61 -37 PAISE Govt slams report on Indian women PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 27 JUNE 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 war-torn Afghanistan and Syria, due to the high risk of sexual violence. The WCD said the 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 A WCD official said the ministry has asked the agency for details to ascertain the report’s authenticity subjective 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. Canadian woman raped in Delhi: A Canadian national was allegedly raped by a man whom she met at a pub in south Delhi's Hauz Khas area, police said. The accused, identified as Abhishek, has been arrested. Abhishek befriended the woman at a pub in Hauz Khas Village, where she had gone with her friends Tuesday night. According to the police, the woman went to Abhishek's place on his invitation where he assaulted her. SC allows inquiry against ED officer Modifies earlier order on officer probing 2G, Aircel-Maxis scam cases SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 27 JUNE N 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- footage minutes before gunning down the journalist on June 14, they said. Jatt, who escaped from the busy SMHS hospital in February this year, is associated with Lashker-e-Taiba. 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 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. Holders Germany out of WC KAZAN ARENA, 27 JUNE 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 famous 2-0 win. The Germans needed to beat Korea by two clear goals in their final group F match at Kazan stadium to advance to the last 16. But Joachim Loew's men wasted a series of chances in a tense match that saw a pale version of the world champions become the fourth holders of the title this century to be sent packing at the first hurdle. Germany's team of superstars could only look on in shock in the final minutes of the match as US referee Mark Geiger called for the video assistant referee to intervene after the unmarked Kim had bundled his shot past Germany 'keeper Manuel Neuer from a corner early in stoppage time. The goal was awarded because Toni Kroos' touch had played him onside, and minutes later Germany were 2-0 down after Neuer ran up the pitch in a desperate attempt to get a goal. A long punt upfield saw Tottenham forward Son chase a South Korea's midfielder Lee Jae-sung (R) vies for the ball with AFP Germany's defender Jonas Hector (L) on Wednesday. clearance to fire into an empty net. It means Germany, the four-time champions who had competed in the past 16 editions of the World Cup, fail to make it past the first hurdle of the tournament since 1938. Germany coach Joachim Loew caused a surprise by leaving midfield attacking stalwart Thomas Mueller on the bench for the first time since 2012 after his underwhelming displays against Mexico and Sweden. But by the end of a frustrating opening half, Loew was left desperately studying his options. Germany suffered the first of several scares after South Korea won a free kick on the quarter hour when TODAY’S MATCHES Japan vs Poland 7.30 p.m. Senegal vs Colombia 7.30 p.m. England vs Belgium 11.30 p.m. Panama vs Tunisia 11.30 p.m. Sami Khedira's boot connected with the head of Jung Wooyoung. From 30 yards out, it should have been fodder for World Cup-winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, but after fumbling Jung's dipping drive Neuer scrambled GOLD 29,485.00 +155.00 P15 US postpones ‘2+2 dialogue’ with India SRINAGAR, 27 JUNE AGENCIES P9 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 77.07 +0.76 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-eTaiba terrorist Naveed Jatt, a Pakistani national, police officials 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 officials got evidence to suggest that Jatt was in the middle of the motorcycle on which three terrorists were seen on the CCTV NADAL BESET BY WIMBLEDON WORRIES SILVER 39,900.00 +250.00 PRESS TRUST OF INDIA 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 violaP7 tion in J&K. BREXIT AND THE INDIAN PERSPECTIVE PM DISCUSSES WITH HALEY STEPS TO BOOST INDO-US TIES PAK ENVOY MISSING AT SUSHMA’S EID FUNCTION desperately to clear as Son raced to pounce. Germany spurned a series of chances soon afterwards. Marco Reus, who hit a crucial leveller in the 2-1 win over Sweden, saw his drive deflected and Mesut Ozil saw his effort deflected off a Korean boot and out for a corner, after which goalkeeper Hyeonwoo Jo smothered desperately when Goretzka's header found Hummels trying to pounce on the loose ball. Germany resumed with more urgency after the interval, but despite edging closer when Loew introduced Mario Gomez just before the hour the big Stuttgart striker headed straight at Jo from Kimmich's cross. Striker Timo Werner then met another Kimmich ball from the left byeline with a right-foot volley that skewed agonisingly wide of Jo's upright. Loew played his final card when he introduced Mueller for Leon Goretzka. But the late changes failed to spark Germany into life as Korea hung on for a famous win that, unfortunately for the impressive Asians, saw them bow out after Sweden beat Mexico 30. Sweden surged into the last 16 as did Mexico. SEE ALSO PAGES 14 & 15 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).’’ STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 27 JUNE The high-level ministerial dialogue between India and the United States in the ‘2+2’ format, which was scheduled to be held in Washington on 6 July, has been postponed yet again. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo telephoned External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj onWednesday night and expressed his regret for postponing the dialogue. “US @SecPompeo spoke to EAM @SushmaSwaraj a short while ago to express his regret and deep disappointment at the US having to postpone the 2+2 Dialogue for unavoidable reasons,’’ External Affairs Minsitry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. The spokesperson said, ‘’US @SecPompeo sought EAM @SushmaSwaraj understanding, and they agreed to identify new mutually convenient dates to hold the dialogue at the earliest, in India or the US.’’ This is the second time that the dialogue has been postponed. It was earlier scheduled to be held in April but had to be postponed because of the resignation of the then Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
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