SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 01 JULY 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 DESPITE TRUMP'S EFFORTS, CUBA IS A PRIME TOURIST DESTINATION HOSTING MORE VISITORS THAN EVER WEATHER Generally cloudy sky with light rain/thundershowers likely to occur. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 36 and 27 degrees Celsius respectively. Max: 35°C (-2) SUN RISES 05:28 hrs MOON RISES 21:42 hrs AGENCIES KAZAN ARENA, 30 JUNE T eenage star Kylian Mbappe struck twice and earned another goal as France finally found their attacking edge to beat Lionel Messi's Argentina 43 and move into the quarter-finals of the World Cup today. Mbappe, the first teenager since Brazilian great Pele in the 1958 final to score two goals in one World Cup match, then took over to send Argentina slumping out of the finals before the quarter-final round for the first time since 2002. Billed as Messi's chance to reignite stut- Min: 27.5°C (0) SUN SETS 19:23 hrs MOON SETS 08:49 hrs THUMBNAILS US President Donald Trump said that Saudi Arabia's King Salman (photo) had agreed to his request to ramp up oil production, a week after OPEC already announced an output rise. PAN-Aadhaar linking deadline extended till A March 2019: CBDT on Saturday extended the deadline for the PAN-Aadhaar linking to 31 March next year. This is the fifth time the government has extended the deadline for individuals to link their Permanent Account Number (PAN) to their biometric ID (Aadhaar). The Tax Department's policy-making body issued an order late night, extending the deadline. Steel JV: Tata Steel said it has agreed to the terms of a 50-50 joint venture with Germany's Thyssenkrupp to create Europe's secondlargest steel company after Lakshmi Mittal's ArcelorMittal. The JV combines the European steel businesses of the Indian steel major with the German firm to create Thyssenkrupp Tata P14 Steel BV. France's forward Antoine Griezmann (R) vies with Argentina's goalkeeper Franco Armani (C) and Argentina's defender Federico Fazio during the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between France and Argentina at the Kazan Arena on Saturday. AFP TODAY’S MATCHES SPAIN RESULTS 4 3 ARGENTINA DENMARK URUGUAY 2 1 PORTUGAL RUSSIA CROATIA FRANCE SNS & PTI SRINAGAR, 30 JUNE The Amarnath Yatra was suspended on both Pahalgam and Baltal routes today due to inclement weather, officials said. The yatra has been suspended on both the routes as the tracks are slippery because of rain, a spokesperson of the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) said here. While no pilgrim is allowed to proceed towards the cave shrine on foot, some yatris are using the helicopter services to undertake the pilgrimage, he added. A flood alert was sounded in south and central Kashmir after many parts of the state were lashed by monsoon rains intermittently since June 27, A partially submerged houseboat is seen in the Jhelum river after heavy rain in Srinagar on AFP Saturday. Authorities issued a flood alert in central Kashmir for low-lying areas. leaving thousands of pilgrims who have reached the twin base camps of Baltal in Gan- landslides and shooting stones concerned ensured that the grims from various parts of the derbal district and Pahalgam at several places along the 260-km all-weather road con- country had reached Jammu in Anantnag district strand- Jammu-Srinagar national necting the Valley with the rest to participate in the yatra. Despite incessant rains, highway yesterday, but time- of the country, remains open. ed. Officials said over 5,000 pil- the pilgrimage to the 3,880 The rains also triggered ly action by the authorities Karnataka to file appeal in SC against Cauvery authority BENGALURU, 30 JUNE Backed by an all-party meet, the Karnataka government today decided to go in for an appeal in the Supreme Court against the setting up of the Cauvery Water Management Authority and Cauvery Water Regulation Committee. The all-party meeting on the Cauvery issue decided that two senior officials nominated by the state government as its representatives to the authority and the committee would participate in the July 2 meeting to present Kar- nataka's views. The meeting, called by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, also decided to raise the issue in Parliament. “Our officials nominated by the government of Karnataka will be attending the meeting on July 2 and they will raise our issues and present our views to safeguard the the interest of Karnataka and its farmers,” Water Resources Minister D K Shivakumar told reporters after the meeting. “Our MPs have been requested and they have agreed in one voice, cutting across party lines, to raise the issue in Parliament.” SEE PAGE 5 Hugo Lloris, but that was Messi's only real contribution in the match. Defender Benjamin Pavard's stunning halfvolley levelled for France on 57 minutes and as Argentina lost hope, Mbappe struck in the 64th and 68th minute to seal France's place in the last eight. The last time France lost a World Cup game after taking the lead was in 1982, against Poland. Argentine had calls for first-half penalties too when the ball skimmed Samuel Umtiti's arm, then when Messi tumbled as he was played into the area, were waved away. France set up a quarter-final date with Portugal or Uruguay, who play later on Saturday. SEE ALSO PAGE 16 tering Argentina's hopes, the thrilling last 16 clash in Kazan instead saw 19-yearold Paris Saint-Germain star Mbappe grab the limelight as he became the youngest player since Pele in 1958 to score two goals in a World Cup match. Embattled Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli had prom- ised an “aggressive, attacking” approach from his side. But his fears over the superior speed of the French strikers were quickly proven right when Mbappe sprinted from his own half until he was hauled down by Marcos Rojo. Antoine Griezmann coolly converted the 13th minute penalty. But Mbappe's PSG teammate Angel Di Maria levelled with a 41st minute long-range stunner and the South Americans were back in what was proving a superb match. Argentina took a 2-1 lead minutes after the restart when Gabriel Mercado clipped Messi's low curling shot past Amarnath Yatra suspended owing to rains SNS & PTI P 10 Mbappe scores two goals in 4 minutes to take France to the World Cup quarter-finals and send Messi’s team home with a 4-3 win Min: 66% TEMPERATURE P1 France beat Argentina, enter quarters RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 92% MUSEUMS WILL CONTINUE TO ENCOURAGE PHOTOGRAPHY, EVEN AS SOME YEARN FOR AT LEAST A MIDDLE GROUND metre high cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas commenced as per schedule on June 28 after several hours of delay. However, the pilgrimage faced frequent disruptions owing to continuous rainfall. The 60-day yatra is scheduled to conclude on August 26 coinciding with the 'Raksha Bandhan' festival. Traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway was suspended due to lurking threat of floods in the Valley, leaving hundreds of commuters stranded, officials said. Srinagar-bound vehicles were stopped at various places between Ramban and Banihal along the highway around 2:00 PM as a precautionary measure in view of the emerging situation in the Valley in the aftermath of heavy rains over the past several days, the officials said. Hundreds of vehicles heading for Srinagar were left stranded at various places on the highway and local administration are making arrangements for the accommodation of the passengers for the night. The passengers are being provided accommodation in various government buildings, including schools, the officials said. However, the officials said the vehicles heading for Jammu, including trucks, were allowed to move on the highway which is otherwise open for traffic. The fleet of vehicles, carrying over 2,000 Amarnath pilgrims, also crossed the Jawahar Tunnel the gateway to the Kashmir Valley -- around noon and had reached the Pahalgam base camp, they said. The Amarnath pilgrims were left stranded in Udhampur district yesterday after landslides and shooting of stones caused disruption in the smooth flow of the traffic and left for the Valley this morning. Mallya told to appear in court on 27 Aug in bank fraud case PRESS TRUST OF INDIA MUMBAI, 30 JUNE A special PMLA court here today summoned beleaguered liquor baron Vijay Mallya to appear before it on August 27 on the Enforcement Directorate's plea seeking action against him under the fugitive economic offenders ordinance in the over Rs 9,000 crore bank fraud case. Special judge M S Azmi, dealing with the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) cases, issued the notice to Mallya after taking cognisance of the second ED charge sheet filed against him recently and a subsequent application by it on June 22 seeking a fugitive economic offenders tag. This is the first time that action has been initiated under the ordinance recently promulgated by the Modi government to deal with fugitive bank loan defaulters. The agency has also sought immediate confiscation of assets worth around Rs 12,500 crore of Mallya and other fugitive economic offenders, they said. If Mallya does not appear before the court, he risks being declared a fugitive economic offender, besides properties linked to him being confiscated. The court had earlier issued non-bailable warrants against the beleaguered businessman in the two cases filed by the ED. Mallya, his now defunct venture Kingfisher Airlines Limited and others availed loans from various banks during the tenure of the UPA-I government. MP child rape: Congress demands speedy justice PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI/BHOPAL, 30 JUNE Sickened by the rape of an eight-year-old girl in Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur, Congress president Rahul Gandhi today said “as a nation, we must protect our children” and demanded “speedy justice” for the victim. Taking to Twitter, the Gandhi scion said the brutality that the child was subjected to sickens him. In Mandsaur, MP, an 8year-old girl was kidnapped and gang raped, and is battling for her life. The brutality this young child was subjected to sickens me,” he said in a tweet. As a nation, we must come together to protect our children and bring the attackers to speedy justice, he added. The minor was abducted while she was waiting for her father outside her school on Tuesday. After being gang raped, her throat was slit with a knife while the attackers injured her private parts and left her to die. Protests erupted in Mandsaur following the incident, with demands for death punishment for the culprits. The local bar association refused to represent the accused, two of whom have been arrested. Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia today sought separate CBI probes into the gang rape of a minor girl in Mandsaur and the burning alive of a Dalit farmer in Bhopal recently. He alleged that the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh has failed to protect women and Dalits in the state. “CBI inquiries should be carried out into the gang rape of the 8-year-old girl on June 26 in Mandsaur district and the burning alive of the Dalit farmer in Bhopal last week,” Scindia told reporters at a meet-the-press programme organised by the Central Press Club here. The Guna MP also demanded strict action against the school where the rape victim studied, alleging the authorities there allowed the minor to walk out of school, after classes got over for the day, without the presence of her parents or guardian. Scindia said that schools must ensure that children are handed over to their parents once classes got over for the day. The eight-year-old was abducted on June 26 from outside her school, while she was waiting for her parents to come and pick her up, and was raped near Laxman Darwaja Road. Scindia said that he had recently met the family of Dalit farmer Kishorilal Jatav (70), who was burnt alive on June 21 by three persons in Beresia tehsil near here for opposing the encroachment of his land. He said that Jatav's wife had told him that the tehsildar and area police inspector were allegedly trying to save the culprits and mounting pressure on her to change her statement given to the police. “These two officials must be removed immediately from that area,” he said. Attacking the BJP government in MP, he said it “has failed to protect women and Dalits in the state. It has failed on all counts”. On the government hiring retired officials, Scindia said that he was opposed to such moves. “I am averse to the Centre and state governments' moving to hire retired government bureaucrats. If they are hired in the run up to the polls, it is all the more wrong as such decisions smack of conspiracies,” he said. “I am also against service extensions being given to top bureaucrats who are on the verge of retirement,” he added. He advocated a fixed number of terms for an individual for the post of the prime minister and state chief ministers like in the United States of America where an individual can be the president only for two terms. Doctors treating the victim in Indore said she was "severely assaulted". She has started showing signs of improvement, they said, adding that the minor might be out of danger physically but her mental trauma would last longer. Several political leaders and eminent personalities have reacted to the horrific incident on the social media. Veteran actress Shabana Azmi said: "It's blood curdling. What's happening to this world? Culprits must be brought to book and given the strictest punishment." Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday condemned the incident and said that rapists were a "burden on the earth" and his government will leave no stone unturned to ensure that the accused were hanged.
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