CMYK TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 3 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 ROUHANI FLIES TO EUROPE TO RALLY SUPPORT BREXIT: MAY STRUGGLES TO UNITE CABINET P10 SENSEX 35,264.41 -159.07 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky with 1/2 spells of rainthundershower likely. Max and min temp likely to be 34-26 degree celsius, resp RAINFALL: 4.2 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY P9 NIFTY 10,657.30 -57.00 ` vs $ 68.80 -34.00 PAISE Min. 64% Max: 34.1°C (+1) SUN RISES 04:57 hrs MOON RISES 22.04 hrs Min: 28.2°C (+2) SUN SETS 18:25 hrs MOON SETS 09:02 hrs GOLD 29,285.00 -10.00 Neymar steers Brazil into quarters; Belgium in last 8 AGENCIES Third quarter of moon on 10 July THUMBNAILS The Dalai Lama and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during the launch of Happiness Curriculum at Thyagaraj Sports Complex, in the Capital on Monday. SUBRATA DUTTA Rupee slumps: The battered rupee on Monday 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 macroeconomic 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 P8 68.33 in morning deals. SC to govt on Lokpal: The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Centre to apprise it within 10 days of 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 appointing Lokpal and the timeframe. ‘No urgent hearing’: The Supreme Court on Monday refused an urgent hearing of a plea challenging the constitutional validity of the practice of polygamy and nikah halala among the Muslim community. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said the matter would come up for hearing in due course after the Central government files its response. “The Supreme Court Constitution Bench will hear the matter in due course,” the bench told petitioner Sameena Begum who urged that P3 the plea be heard on Tuesday. 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. In the other match, Belgium fought back from two goals down to beat Japan 3-2 with an added-time goal from substitute Nacer Chadli on Monday to set up a World Cup quarter-final with Brazil. While it was goalless at the half-time break, in the 48th minute Genki Haraguchi put Japan in the lead. In the 51st minute Takashi Inui doubled the Japanese lead. Jan Vertonghen scored for Belgium in the 69th minute. Marouane Fellaini pulled Belgium level in the 74th minute. Belgium became the first side to recover from a two-goal deficit to win a World Cup knockout match since Germany beat England 3-2 in 1970. See also page 11 SILVER 39,400.00 -200.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 78.29 -0.94 PM clears air on AI, sick PSUs sale SNS & PTI ‘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 rime Minister Narendra Modi has said the government has done what it had to with “utmost sincerity” for Air India and emphasised the need to differentiate between lack of response to one sale offer and a policy decision. The government has cleared sale of Air India and several other loss-making public sector companies but that they are yet to be sold is the “result of timing and process, Modi said. His remarks come against the backdrop of the government's proposal for strategic disinvestment of debt-laden Air India failing to attract any bidders. “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 in an interview to 'Swarajya' magazine. This is also the first time that the Prime Minister has commented on Air India after P 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 between Brazil and Mexico at the Samara Arena on Monday. AFP RESULTS BRAZIL 0 MEXICO BELGIUM Belgium’s midfielder Nacer Chadli (R) celebrates with teammates Romelu Lukaku and Thomas Meunier (C) after scoring his team’s AFP winning goal. 2 3 2 JAPAN TODAY’S MATCHES SWEDEN SWITZERLAND COLOMBIA ENGLAND Burari deaths: Post-mortem reveals no signs of struggle PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 2 JULY The post-mortem of eight of the 11 people, who were found dead at their house in north Delhi's Burari locality, has revealed there were no signs of struggle and all of them died as a result of hanging, a senior police officer said today. Eleven members of a family, including seven women and two children, were found dead under mysterious circumstances at their residence yesterday. The post-mortem of eight persons, including the two children and their grandmother Narayan Devi, has been carried out and so far, police have not found any signs of strangulation or scuffle, according to the officer. Ten of those dead were found hanging from an iron-mesh in the ceiling for ventilation, while the body of 77-year-old Narayan was lying on the floor in another room of the house. Earlier, it was suspected that Narayan died due to strangulation. But doctors have said that she had died due to “partial hanging”, the officer said, adding that a rope was found hanging near her body. It is being probed who took out the rope from her neck, he said. “From initial examination it seems that they all died due to ante-mortem hanging. The final report is awaited,” the officer said. Police suspect that the deaths were part of a suicide pact, carried out in accordance with a religious practice, as handwritten notes found on the spot indicated. Some of the notes stated that “one will not die” but attain something “great”, the officer said. Those who were found hanging had their mouth taped and their faces covered with cloth pieces cut from a single bed sheet. Only Narayan's face was not covered. The bodies will be handed over to the family for last rites later in the day. The deceased were identified as Narayan, who was found dead on the floor, her daughter Pratibha (57), her two sons Bhavnesh (50) and Lalit Bhatia (45). Bhavnesh's wife Savita (48) and their three children - Meenu (23), Nidhi (25) and Dhruv (15) were among the deceased. Lalit Bhatia's wife Tina (42) and their 15-year-old son Shivam were also among those found dead along with Pratibha's daughter Priyanka (33). STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE CHANDIGARH, 2 JULY 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 the social security minister have been appointed members of the sub-committee, which will meet once a week to take stock of the situation and P12 ‘Govt has done what it had to with utmost sincerity’ Punjab seeks death for drug peddlers, smugglers Iterating its zero tolerance to drugs, the Punjab Cabinet, led by Chief Minister 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 youths 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 day-to-day basis the action being taken to check and control drug abuse. The special Working Group NOW, UP AGAINST THE LIONS IN THEIR OWN DEN P9 SAMARA (RUSSIA), 2 JULY Max.87% TEMPERATURE LEFTIST NEW MEXICO PRESIDENT 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 youths 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 a 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 SEE ALSO PAGE 2 results. CMYK the disinvestment proposal failed to take off in May. Responding to queries that the government does not seem too keen on privatisation, Modi also said that “at the Cabinet level, we have cleared the sale of not only Air India but several other (lossmaking) public sector units”. “This itself is historical 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”. Under the proposed plan, the government was to sell 76 per cent stake in Air India along with complete divestment of low-cost arm Air India Express and a 50 per cent stake in Air India SATS Airport Services Pvt Ltd -- an equal joint venture with Singapore's SATS. On June 20, 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 airline's market share stood at 12.8 per cent in May, as per official data. At the end of March 2017, the carrier had a debt burden of around Rs 48,877 crore. Out of the total amount, Rs 17,360 crore was related to aircraft and Rs 31,517 crore pertained to working capital loans.
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