TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 3 JULY 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 35,264.41 -159.07 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky with light rain likely to occur. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 38 and 30 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY LEFTIST OBRADOR SWEEPS MEXICO’S PREZ ELECTION SC TO HEAR AHMED PATEL'S PLEA ON 9 JULY AFTER SWARAJ, CONG SPOKESPERSON GETS THREAT P7 NIFTY 10,657.30 -57.00 ` vs $ 68.80 -34.00 PAISE P12 GOLD 29,285.00 -10.00 Neymar steers Brazil past Mexico into quarter-finals AGENCIES Min. 49% Max: 37.8°C (+1) SUN RISES 05:28 hrs MOON RISES 22:55 hrs Min: 29.9°C (+2) SUN SETS 19:23 hrs MOON SETS 10:35 hrs TEMPERATURE THUMBNAILS The Dalai Lama and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during the launch of Happiness Curriculum at Thyagaraj Sports Complex, in the (P 2) Capital on Monday. SUBRATA DUTTA Rupee slumps: The battered rupee today suffered yet another blow by plunging 34 paise to end at a near five-year low of 68.80 against the buoyant US dollar in the midst of weak global trends and concerns on macro-economic front. This is the level last seen on 28 August, 2013. With very little chance of RBI intervention, panic dollar demand from importers and speculative traders sent the home currency sinking to a low of 68.81 in late afternoon deals. Although the initial gains had been short-lived. It touched a high of 68.33 in morning deals. SC to govt on Lokpal: The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Centre to apprise it within 10 days about the time frame for steps to be taken to appoint anti-graft ombudsman Lokpal in the country. A bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and R Banumathi said this after Attorney General K K Venugopal, who placed before it the written instructions which he had received from the government and said the Lokpal selection committee would meet soon. The SC asked the Centre to file within 10 days an affidavit indicating the steps to be taken for appointP10 ing Lokpal and the time. Missing Thai boys and their soccer coach found alive: Twelve boys and their football coach trapped in a flooded Thai cave for nine days were “found safe” late on Monday, in a miracle rescue after days of painstaking search by divers. There had been no contact with the boys, aged between 11 and 16, since they went missing with their coach, 25. The massive rescue effort had been hampered by heavy rains that flooded the Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand. Neymar scored a stylish opener and set up substitute Roberto Firmino for a late second as Brazil cruised into the quarterfinals of the World Cup with a 2-0 win over Mexico on Monday. Bidding for a recordextending sixth title in Russia, Brazil weathered an early storm at Samara Arena before Neymar turned on the style to underline their status as favourites. Brazil will now meet the winners of Monday's later match between Belgium and Japan, but after seeing Argentina, Spain and Portugal eliminated in the last 16, Tite's men will fancy their chances. “We have to learn to suffer and we did suffer, it was a tough match,” said Neymar. “We knew they were a high-quality opponent.” Mexico made a bright start in their attempt to beat Brazil in aWorld Cup match for the first time. But after dominating the first 20 minutes of an entertaining opening period, Brazil BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 78.29 -0.94 PM clears air on AI, sick PSUs sale ‘We don't want to make a sale where we will be accused of selling something for X amount when we could have got more. But the policy decisions for strategic sales have already been taken’ NEW DELHI, 2 JULY I Brazil's forward Neymar (R) passes the ball to Roberto Firmino (L) who shoots and scores a goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match AFP between Brazil and Mexico at the Samara Arena on Monday. came back into the match, bossing the final stages of the half. The match had been billed as a duel between Neymar and Javier Hernandez, but theWest Ham striker was more noticeable for his platinum-dyed blond hair, a choice also made by central defender Carlos Salcedo, before being replaced in the second half. SEE ALSO PAGES 15 & 16 RESULTS BRAZIL 2 0 MEXICO BELGIUM 3 2 JAPAN TODAY’S MATCHES SWEDEN SWITZERLAND COLOMBIA ENGLAND Burari deaths: Post-mortem m reveals no signs of struggle PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 2 JULY The death of 11 members of a family in north Delhi's Burari locality remained shrouded in mystery with the police recovering handwritten notes about “attaining salvation” which fuelled rumours and circulation of multiple theories, even as the post-mortem report showed no signs of struggle. While rumours about the family members being followers of occult circulated after the “salvation” notes surfaced, the police were baffled by the presence of 11 pipes jutting outside a wall of their house. The police said that initial reports indicate suicide. The kin of the deceased, however, claimed that the the family members were killed. Ten of the 11 members of the Bhatia family were found hanging from an iron-mesh in the ceiling yesterday, while the body of 77-yearold Narayan Devi, the head of the family, was lying on the floor in another room of the house. The last rites of the victims were held at Nigambodh Ghat this evening. Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Alok Kumar said the autopsy of the 11 bodies had been carried out and initial reports indicate suicide, but the matter is being investigated. Eight of the 11 members of the family showed no signs of struggle and died as a result of hanging, officials said after the post-mortem of all the victims was completed. While the preliminary report of eight victims is ready, the autopsy details of three are awaited. The dead included Narayan Devi's two sons and their families as well as two 15-year-old boys. The post-mortem of eight bodies, including two children and their grandmother, revealed there were no signs of scuffle and they died as a result of hanging, a senior police officer said. Though it was earlier suspected that Narayan died due to strangulation, the doctors said that she had died due to “partial hanging”, a police officer asserted, adding a belt was found hanging from the handle of an almirah near her TURN TO PAGE 5 body. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE CHANDIGARH, 2 JULY The specialWorking Group constituted to review and update the government strategy against drugs will have ACS (health) Satish Chandra, Director General of Police (DGP) law and order Ishwar Singh, DGP (intelligence) Dinkar Gupta and additional DGP (Special Task Force) HS Sidhu as members, an official spokesperson disclosed after the meeting. A cabinet sub-committee has also been formed under the chairmanship of the CM, with the special Working Group mandated to report directly to it. Health and family welfare minister and social security minister have been appointed members of the sub-committee, which will meet once a week SILVER 39,400.00 -200.00 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Punjab seeks death for drug peddlers, smugglers Iterating its zero tolerance to drugs, the Punjab Cabinet, led by Chief Minister (CM) Amarinder Singh, on Monday decided to recommend to the Centre death penalty for drug peddlers and smugglers. An official spokesperson said this provision of death penalty would act as a deterrent to the heinous crime, which was destroying the lives of youth in Punjab and many other places. Taking this decision, the Cabinet resolved to send a formal recommendation soon to the Union government for making provision in the law for death penalty to drug peddlers and smugglers. The Cabinet also decided to constitute a special Working Group under the chairmanship of additional chief secretary (ACS) home NS Kalsi to review and monitor, on a dayto-day basis, the action being taken to check and control drug abuse. P16 ‘Govt has done what it had to with utmost sincerity’ SAMARA (RUSSIA), 2 JULY Max. 77% INIESTA RETIRES FROM SPAIN AFTER WC LOSS TO RUSSIA to take stock of the situation and review the progress of the anti-drug campaign of the government, the spokesperson disclosed. Before the meeting started, all members of the Cabinet stood in silence as a mark of respect to the Sikhs killed in the Afghanistan suicide attack, as well as the youth who have died due to drug overdose and the farmers who have committed suicide in the state. The formal meeting was preceded by informal discussions, during which senior Home Department and Punjab Police officers briefed the Cabinet members, who were also joined by PPCC president Sunil Jakhar. During discussions, the Chief Minister ordered DGP Suresh Arora to intensify the police crackdown on the drug menace. He directed the DGP to go all out against drug smugglers and peddlers, making it clear that no complacency on the issue would be tolerated. The Cabinet took stock of the cases of deaths resulting from drug overdose, which STF chief HS Sidhu admitted to be a matter of concern. Sidhu suggested registration of all such cases to enable the identification and mitigation of risk factors, such as supply of spurious drugs and mixing of drugs with other death-causing substances. He called for thorough investigation of all such cases, while assuring the CM of his team’s concerted and enhanced efforts to fight the drug menace in a more aggressive manner. ACS (home) Kalsi emphasised the need to work out a holistic strategy with the involvement of the Enforcement Wing and the Drug Deaddiction and Rehabilitation Centres to achieve the desired results. n his first reaction to his government's proposed sale of the State-run Air India failing to attract any bidder recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said he was committed to selling loss-making public sector units (PSUs) but would not sell them at a rate that might prompt others to point an accusing finger at the government. "This itself is historic in many ways; that they are yet to be sold is the result of timing and process.We don't want to make a sale where we will be accused of selling something for X amount when we could have got more. But the policy decisions for strategic sales have already been taken," PM Modi said in an interview to 'Swarajya' magazine. The PM said the government had done everything with 'utmost sincerity' for the Air India. He however sought to make a distinction between lack of response to one sale offer and a policy decision, attributing the delay in the sale of loss-making PSUs to "timing and process". "As for Air India, the government has done what it had to with utmost sincerity. You have to differentiate between the lack of response to one sale offer and a policy decision," Modi said. The PM also sought to set aside any apprehensions on the government's intent on privatisation, asserting that "At the Cabinet level, we have cleared the sale of not only Air India but several other (lossmaking) public sector units". The government had earlier reportedly firmed up a plan to sell 76 per cent stake in Air India along with complete disinvestment of its low-cost arm Air India Express as well as divestment of a 50 per cent stake in Air India SATS Airport Services Pvt Ltd ~ an equal joint venture with Singapore's SATS. But none apparently went as per the plan. On 20 June, the Civil Aviation Ministry had said the government was committed to strategic disinvestment of Air India and that a plan was being prepared to run the airline efficiently. The loss-making carrier's market share reportedly stood at 12.8 per cent in May, according to official figures. By the end of March last year, the national airline had been reeling under the burden of about Rs 48,877 crore debt out of which Rs 17,360 crore was pertaining to aircraft and Rs 31,517 crore was related to working capital loans.
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