CMYK MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 02 JULY 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 P10 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Rain/thundershower likely in some areas. Temperature will be in the range of 35-28 degrees Celsius RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.84% TEMPERATURE REBEL LEFTIST TIPPED TO WIN AS MEXICO VOTES UN CHIEF IN B’DESH TO GAUGE ROHINGYA CRISIS MOMENT OF TRUTH FOR MERKEL P9 P10 P11 11 members of Russia stun Spain, Croatia beat Denmark to set up last-8 clash family found dead in Delhi AGENCIES MOSCOW/, 1 JULY Min. 59% Max: 34.6°C (+2) Min: 28.1°C (+1) SUN RISES SUN SETS 04:56 hrs 18:25 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 21.26 hrs 08:11 hrs Moon phase: Third quarter on 10 July Murder case registered; ritual suicide a possibility PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 1 JULY leven members of a family, including two children, were found dead under mysterious circumstances at their home in north Delhi's Burari today, with police suspecting it may have been a ritual suicide. Ten of those dead were found hanging from an ironmesh in the ceiling, while the body of a 77-year-old woman was lying on the floor in another room of the house, police said. Two of the deceased were children, both aged 15. Those who were found hanging had their mouth taped and their faces covered with cloth pieces. The woman found dead on the floor was without a blindfold and was apparently strangulated. The hands and feet of the children were tied, while stools were found overturned at the spot, police said. Handwritten notes were also found which indicated a“religious or spiritual angle” to the deaths. A police officer said a probe will be conducted to find “if the family indulged in occult practices” or followed some “godman”. “We have found handwritten notes detailing how hands and legs are to be tied and the manner in which the E THUMBNAILS An Afghan victim receives treatment at an hospital following a suicide attack in Jalalabad on July 1, 2018. AFP Afghanistan blast: A suicide bomber blew himself up in a city in eastern Afghanistan where President Ashraf Ghani was visiting, killing at least 19 people, many of them Sikhs, officials said on Sunday, in the latest violence to rock the country. The attacker struck a market located hundreds of metres from the provincial governor’s compound where Ghani was holding meetings, governor spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said. Mandsaur rape case probe: The DNA samples of the two people arrested on charges of abducting and raping a minor girl in Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur were sent for examination and a special investigation team had been formed to speed up the probe, police said. The SIT will be headed by City Superintendent of Police Rakesh Mohan Shukla and will also include a legal adviser. Shukla said 70 per cent of the investigation had been completed. P4 French jailbreak: A jailed gangster in France escaped prison after being picked up by helicopter. Three armed accomplices extracted Redoine Faid from the Seine-et-Marne prison, near Paris, late on Sunday morning. They landed in Gonesse, a northeastern suburb of the French capital, before continuing their escape by car. Authorities later found a burnt out black Renault suspected of being the getaway P10 car in Aulnay-sous-Bois, another suburb. India lose to Australia: India's quest for their maiden Champions Trophy hockey title remained unaccomplished as they lost 1-3 to defending champions Australia via penalty shootoff in the summit clash of the 37th and final edition of the tournament in Breda, the Netherlands on Sunday. India came agonisingly close to securing their maiden Champions Trophy triumph, only to be denied by a valiant show by Australia goalkeeper Tyler Lovell. P12 Police and people outside the street leading to the house, where 11 members of a family were found dead, in Burari in the capital on Sunday RITIK JAIN bodies were found reflected what was written in the notes. They are exhaustive notes and we are studying them,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Alok Kumar said. The notes “talk about how a person can overcome fear by covering eyes and mouth, how a person can attain salvation, and how the human body is temporary but the soul continues to live on,” another officer said. While a murder case has been registered, police suspect the deaths were the result of a suicide pact. According to the police, they were informed by a neighbour that six to seven people have committed suicide. On reaching the spot, they found 11 people dead. The deceased were identified as Narayan Devi, who was found dead on the floor, her daughter Pratibha (57), her two sons Bhavnesh (50) and Lalit (45), Bhavnesh's wife Savita (48) and their three children - Meenu (23), Nidhi (25) and Dhruv (15), Lalit's wife Tina (42) and their 15-yearold son Shivam. Pratibha's daughter Priyanka (33), who was engaged last month and would have married by the end of the year, was also found dead. Other members of the family alleged that the 11 were killed. Narayan Devi had three sons and two daughters. The eldest son Dinesh Bhatia lives in Kota, Rajasthan. The surviving daughter, Sujata, lives in Panipat with her family. “I can't believe that they committed suicide. Everyone was so happy. Someone has killed my family and the police have to find them,” Sujata said. Russia captain Igor Akinfeev saved two penalties in a dramatic shootout as the World Cup hosts dumped title contenders Spain out in the last 16 following a 11 draw on Sunday. Croatia’s goalkeeper Danijel Subasic then went one better to save three spot-kicks in another penalty shootout as his side beat Denmark 3-2 (1-1) in the day’s second game at Nizhny Novgorod to set up a quarter-final clash with the hosts. Veteran Russia centreback Sergei Ignashevich gifted Spain the opening goal on 12 minutes in Moscow when he unwittingly turned into his own net after grappling with Sergio Ramos. Russia hit back just before the interval as Artem Dzyuba nervelessly converted a penalty awarded for a handball by Gerard Pique. Spain controlled the game but struggled to create genuine chances, with Akinfeev sharp on the few occasions they did before saving from Koke and Iago Aspas to seal a 4-3 win on penalties. Fernando Hierro made the bold decision to drop Andres Iniesta for Koke in central midfield, with Marco Asensio handed his first start of the competition. Russia boss Stanislav Cherchesov left out leading scorer Denis Cheryshev, opting for three central defenders in a conservative 5-3-2 formation. It was Nacho, in for Dani Carvajal at right-back, who won the free-kick that led to Russia's goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev stops a shot by Spain's forward Iago Aspas during the penalty shootout of the 2018 World Cup round of 16 match between Spain and Russia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Sunday. AFP RESULTS RUSSIA 1(4) CROATIA 1(3) 1(3) SPAIN 1(2) DENMARK TODAY’S MATCHES BRAZIL MEXICO BELGIUM JAPAN Spain taking the lead as he was caught by Yury Zhirkov to the right of the penalty area. Spain dominated the first 30 minutes, pressing Russia heavily as the hosts struggled to advance beyond the halfway line in humid conditions. Aleksandr Golovin carved out their first chance of note, starting a move with a jinking run before bend- ing just wide of David de Gea's left-hand post. Isco produced a series of regal touches with Spain's King Felipe VI among those in the crowd at the Luzhniki Stadium, but Russia equalised shortly before halftime. A deep corner was met by Dzyuba, whose header struck the outstretched arm of Pique, with referee Bjorn Kuipers contemplat- Mercedes and milk cannot have same tax: Modi SNS & AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 1 JULY Prime Minister Narendra Modi today ruled out a single tax rate under the GST, saying that a Mercedes car and milk cannot be taxed at the same rate and accepting the Congress party' demand for a uniform 18 per cent rate would lead to a spike in food and essential items' taxation. Modi said the Goods and Services Tax (GST) has within one year of its launch led to over 70 per cent jump in indirect taxpayer base, demolished checkposts and merged 17 taxes and 23 cesses into one single tax. The new tax regime, which subsumed central levies like excise duty and service tax and state taxes like VAT, is aimed at making indirect taxation “simple” while eliminating the Inspector Raj, he said, adding the GST is an evolving system which is calibrated based on feedback from state governments, trades and other stakeholders. “It would have been very simple to have just one slab but it would have meant we could not have food items at zero per cent tax rate. Can we have milk and Mercedes at the same rate? So, when our friends in Congress say that they will have just one GST rate, they are effectively saying they will tax food items and commodities, which are currently at zero or 5 per cent, at 18 per cent,” he said in an interview to Swarajya magazine. So, when our friends in Congress say that they will have just one GST rate, they are effectively saying they will tax food items and commodities, which are currently at zero or 5 per cent, at 18 per cent NARENDRA MODI PRIME MINISTER Modi, according to a part-transcript of the 45 minute interview posted by Swarajyaon its website, said against a total of 66 lakh indirect taxpayers registered since independence, 48 lakh new enterprises have registered since the launch of the GST on July 1, 2017. “Around 350 crore invoices were processed and 11 crore returns were filed. Would we be looking at such numbers, if GST were indeed very complex?” he asked. “Checkposts across the country have been abolished and there are no more queues at state borders. Not only are truck drivers saving precious time but also the logistics sector is getting a boost and thereby increasing the productivity of our Swaraj hits back at trolls with Twitter poll PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 1 JULY Facing online abuse over a passport row involving an interfaith couple, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj conducted a poll on Twitter asking users whether they “approve such trolling to which 57 per cent respondents said they oppose it. The minister's husband Swaraj Kaushal, in an emotional response to a troll, today said the Twitter user’s harsh words had caused “unbearable pain” to his family. In the poll, which was conducted for 24 hours after Swaraj initiated it last night, 1,24,305 Twitter users took part, with 57 per cent respondents backing her, while 43 per cent supporting the trolls. After the poll, Swaraj tweeted, “In a democracy difference of opinion is but natural. Pls do criticise but not in foul language. BRAZILIAN POSTER BOY OBLIGED TO PROVE HIS WORTH Criticism in decent language is always more effective.” She also tweeted a few lines by Hindi poet Neeraj to emphasise her point. After days of trolling, matters came to a head yesterday when Kaushal tweeted a screenshot of the post by one Twitter user who asked him to beat her up and teach her not to practice Muslim appeasement. Swaraj, who has been retweeting some of the offensive tweets directed at her over the transfer of Passport Seva Kendra official Vikas Mishra in Lucknow for allegedly humiliating the interfaith couple, began the Twitter poll asking people whether such trolling was fine. “Friends: I have liked some tweets. This is happening for the last few days. Do you approve of such tweets? Please RT,” she tweeted. Swaraj's husband responded to the person who had accused Swaraj of appeasing Muslims, saying, “Your words have given us unbearable pain. Just to share with you, my mother died of cancer in 1993. Sushma was an MP and a former Education Minister. She lived in the hospital for a year. “She refused to engage a medical attendant and attended on my dying mother personally,” Kaushal tweeted. “Such was her devotion to the family. As per my father's wish, she lit my father's pyre. We adore her. Please do not use such words for her. We are first generation in law and politics. We pray for nothing more than her life. Pls convey my profound regards to your wife,” the eminent lawyer said in his message to the person who had targeted Swaraj in his tweet. Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti also said she was horrified by the “vicious” trolling of Swaraj on social media and described it as outrageous. Swaraj had earlier retweeted some of the tweets of that person. This came days after Swaraj was trolled and abused on Twitter over the controversy involving the issuance of passport to the interfaith couple. Mishra was transferred from Lucknow to Gorakhpur after the couple alleged that he humiliated them when they went to the office with their passport applications. According to the couple, Mishra asked the husband to convert to Hinduism and pulled up the wife for marrying a Mus- CMYK lim. 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. A section of social media had attacked Swaraj and the ministry for taking action against Mishra, claiming that he was just doing his duty. The minister had taken it on the chin and retweeted some of the tweets that were even abusive and communal in nature. Asked whether the Ministry of External Affairs is contemplating any action against trolls, Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had said last week that, “The EAM (External Affairs Minister) has responded to those malicious tweets and the trolling which she was subjected to in her own way and in a manner which she deemed fit. I don't think I have anything further to add on that.” country. Would this be happening if GST was complex?” To a query on criticism of GST implementation, he said the new tax regime was a massive change, requiring a complete reset of one of the world's largest economic systems. “The reform merged 17 taxes, 23 cesses into one single tax. When it was finally introduced, it was our endeavour to make it simple and ensure sensitivity of the system. There are often teething troubles seen when a reform of this magnitude is carried out, but these issues were not only identified but also addressed in real time,” he said. The GST, he said, has seen Indian cooperative federalism at its best. “We consolidated the states and developed proactively a consensus, where earlier governments had failed.” The Prime Minister said earlier many taxes were hidden and under the GST, “what you see is what you pay.” “The government has reduced taxes on nearly 400 groups of items. Around 150 groups of items have zero per cent tax rate. If you look at the rates, for most of the day-to-day commodities, the rate has actually come down. Be it rice, wheat, sugar, spices, etc, total tax levied has been reduced in most cases. Large number of items of daily usage are either exempted or in 5 per cent slab. Some 95 per cent items fall in/below the 18 per cent slab,” he said. More on Page 2 Five lynched on child-lifter suspicion PRESS TRUST OF INDIA MUMBAI, 1 JULY Five people were today lynched by a mob in Maharashtra's Dhule district over suspicion that they were part of a gang of “child lifters”, police said. The incident took place at Rainpada, 25 kilometres from Pimpalner in Dhule district, at around 11.30 am, officials said. The five, along with a few others, were seen getting down from a state transport bus in the tribal-dominated Rainpada hamlet, police said. When one of them apparently tried to speak to a girl child, the villagers, who had gathered for the weekly Sunday market, pounced on them, they said. An official at the Pim- palner police station said that the five people died after being assaulted. Their identities have not been established yet. Two policemen were also injured in the incident, he added. Fifteen people have been taken into custody in connection with the incident, police said. The bodies have been shifted to the rural hospital in Pimpalner and police teams were maintaining a vigil in the Rainpada area under the supervision of IG (Nashik range) Chhering Dorje and other senior officers, an official said. According to police, rumours that a gang of child lifters was active in the area were doing the rounds for a few days. Details on Page 3 ing his decision before pointing to the spot. Dzyuba calmly sent De Gea the wrong way with his penalty to join Cheryshev on a team-leading three goals. Akinfeev snuffed out an opening for Diego Costa on the stroke of half-time as the Spain striker tried to latch onto a through ball. In the other game, both sides scored within the first five minutes of the match, athias Jorgensen for Denmark and Mario Mandzukic for Croatia, but were not able to find the target in the two hours of football that they played after that. Danijel Subasic and Kasper Schmeichel put up a display of goalkeeping excellence during the penalty shootout and in the end, it was the former that prevailed. Details on Page 12 48 killed as bus falls into gorge in Uttarakhand DEHRADUN, 1 JULY A private bus fell into a deep gorge in Uttarakhand's Pauri district this morning killing at least 48 people and injuring 10 others, police said. The “overloaded” bus was carrying 58 passengers, they said. “The accident occurred near Gween village, close to Dhumakot, when the bus on way to Ramnagar fell into a 200 metre deep gorge killing 45 persons on the spot and leaving 13 injured,” Pauri SP Jagat Ram Joshi told PTI on the phone. The accident took place at around 8.30 a.m, he said. Three more succumbed to injuries later during the day at the PHC, Dhumakot, where the injured were rushed after rescue teams reached the spot, Joshi said. Two critically injured were referred to Ramnagar while eight were under treatment at Dhumakot, the SP said. Though the exact cause of the accident was not yet known, the bus was carrying passengers much beyond its capacity, he said. One of the possibilities is that the bus fell into the gorge when the driver was trying to negotiate a big waterlogged pothole in the middle of the road, the official said, referring to initial inputs. The plunge was so forceful that the upper part of the bus separated, exposing the seats in the lower part, the SP said. All bodies were recovered and the injured rescued from the mangled remains of the vehicle. PTI More on Page 3
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