WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 04 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 MEHBOOBA FACES PARTY REVOLT P5 SENSEX 35,378.60 +114.19 P12 NIFTY 10,699.90 +42.60 Generally cloudy sky with light rain likely to occur in some areas. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 37 and 25 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: 25 MM RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 100% Min. 57% Max: 37.7°C (0) SUN RISES 05:29 hrs MOON RISES 23:30 hrs Min: 23.6°C (-4) SUN SETS 19:23 hrs MOON SETS 11:29 hrs THUMBNAILS Yeni Maricela Gonzalez Garcia (right) stands with Janey Pearl as she speaks with the news media following a visit with her children at the East Harlem Cayuga Centers on Tuesday in New York City. Gonzalez Garcia, from Guatemala, drove cross-country to be reunited with her three children since they were taken from an Arizona immigration facility six weeks ago. Pilgrims killed in landslide: Five Amarnath pilgrims were killed and four injured when a massive landslide hit near Brarimarg on the Baltal route on Tuesday evening. Among the dead was a woman. Rescue teams have rushed to the spot to launch rescue operations. One of the injured persons was reported to be critical. Initial reports had said that one pilgrim was injured in the landslide but later two bodies were recovered from the debris, police said. Burari family members quizzed: Delhi Police have questioned 20 relatives of the Buraribased family in connection with the mysterious deaths of its 11 members, all of whom denied that the family indulged in “occult”. The police have ruled out the involvement of any godman. They recovered a third register with notes about “salvation”, “shunya” and “appeasing God”. The police are probing it as a case of “shared psychosis” and might rope in a psychiatrist P2 for assistance. US Supreme Court: Indian American Amul Roger Thapar was among four candidates US President Donald Trump interviewed on Monday for nomination as a Supreme Court justice. The President said he would interview “two or three more” candidates before announcing his pick for the nine-member Supreme Court of the USA on 9 July. Mr. Thapar (49) was appointed a judge on the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals by last year. P12 P13 ` vs $ 68.57 +23 PAISE GOLD 29,235.00 -50.00 P16 SILVER 39,400.00 00.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 78.35 +1.05 Onus on states to stop lynchings: SC SC bars appointment of acting police chiefs NEW DELHI, 3 JULY SNS & AGENCIES Nobody can take law into their hands. The issue is how it can be prevented. States are under obligation to prevent any such incidents... Centre should frame a scheme under Article 257 of the Constitution NEW DELHI, 3 JULY D ubbing the cases of lynching by cow vigilantes as a crime and not merely a law and order problem, the Supreme Court today put the onus on the states to check such incidents saying no one can take law into their hands. The top court reserved its verdict on a plea seeking formulation of guidelines to curb such violent incidents in the country, as it took serious note of mob violence but said that it cannot be confined to any particular motive. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said “we will pass an elaborate order in this regard on the petition. Hearing concluded. Judgement reserved.” During the hearing, senior advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for Mahatma Gandhi's great grandson Tushar Gandhi, said that lynchings by cow vigilantes were happening despite the top court's orders directing the states to appoint nodal officers in each districts. “A lynching incident has taken place just 60 kilometres from Delhi,” she said. SUPREME COURT To this, the bench said “nobody can take law into their hands. The issue is how it can be prevented. States are under obligation to prevent any such incidents”. As Jaising argued that such incidents normally went beyond the description of law and order, the bench said “this is not a law and order issue but a crime and States needs to be more responsible in dealing with these incidents.” The senior lawyer also contended that these incidents of mob violence had “a certain pattern and a motive”. To this, the Chief Justice observed, “we shall not confine these incidents to any particular motive. This is mob violence, which is a crime. Centre should frame a scheme under Article 257 (Control of the Union over States in certain cases) of Constitution.” Over-bridge collapses in Mumbai suburb; 5 hurt PRESS TRUST OF INDIA MUMBAI, 3 JULY An over-bridge at a railway station in Mumbai's Andheri suburb collapsed today during heavy rains, disrupting train services, injuring five people and putting the spotlight once again on the creaky infrastructure of this metropolis. A major disaster was also averted as a packed train that was to pass Andheri station stopped a few metres from the collapsed bridge, thanks to a motor man Chandrashekhar B Sawant's quick action in stopping the train when he saw a portion of the bridge collapsing. The Brihamumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said five people were injured, including two seriously. A part of the 47-year-old Gokhale overbridge came down at 7.30 a.m, before the commuter rush hour had started, which was the likely reason the casualty figure remained low. Normally, thousands of commuters use the bridge, which connects Andheri East and Andheri West stations. The falling bridge entangled with overhead wires which fell on the tracks below, halting local train services on theWestern line, officials said. Only nine months ago, in September, a foot overbridge linking Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban railway stations had collapsed, leading to a stampede in which 22 people were killed and several injured. DETAILS ON PAGE 5 Additional Solicitor General P S Narasimha said the Centre was alive to the situation and trying to deal with it. “The union government is alive to the incidents of mob violence. Formulation of a scheme is an unnecessary exercise. The main concern was maintaining law and order and whether the states are implementing the apex court's directions”, he said. Jaising said the Centre cannot get away by just issuing advisories, but they have to act on their advisories. “They want to wash away their hands off from these incidents by just issuing advisories. The role of the Union is to ensure that statutes and advisories are implemented in true letter and spirit,” she said. Senior advocate Sanjay Hegde, appearing for Con- gress leader Tehseen Poonawalla, suggested several measures to curb incidents of mob lynching. He said that a direction be issued by the court for formulation of guidelines to curb such incidents of mob lynching. Narasimha argued that the real matter of concern was the continuous monitoring and controlling the law and order situation and “we have to take cognizance of that”. Jaising said that compensation should also be paid to the victims of mob violence. The bench asked Jaising how can the court categorise the compensation for victims as there were several categories of injury like simple, grievous and fatal. “Categories are already there under Article 15 (discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth) of the Constitution. Even internationally, there is a recognised category of targetted violence where compensation can be paid. Mob lynching are targetted violence based on religion or caste,” the senior lawyer replied. The bench then said “anyone can be a victim of mob violence and it cannot be linked to any particular religion or caste”. AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE SAINT PETERSBURG, 3 JULY Sweden's midfielder Emil Forsberg (L) fights for the ball with Switzerland's midfielder Valon Behrami during their 2018 World AFP Cup round of 16 match at the Saint Petersburg Stadium. vidual brilliance of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, they appear to have gained in grit, determination and collective spirit. Their next opponents would be foolish to take them lightly. The one blemish on the victory was a yellow card for defender Mikael Lustig, who will now be suspended for the quarter-final in Samara on Saturday. Both sides had been ham- STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE The Supreme Court on Tuesday passed a slew of directions on police reforms in the country and ordered all states and Union Territories not to appoint any police officer as acting Director General of Police (DGP) upon the superannuation of an incumbent top cop. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra also directed all states to send names of three senior police officers to the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for being considered as probable candidates to be appointed as DGPs or Police Commissioners as the case may be. The UPSC, in turn, will prepare a list of three most suitable officers and the states will be free to appoint one of them as police chief, said the bench. “None of the states shall ever conceive of the idea of appointing any person to the post of Director General of Police on acting basis, for there is no concept of acting Director General of Police,” the bench said. The bench, also comprising A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said that endeavours should be made that a person, who had been selected and appointed as DGP has , SC questions huge number of uncontested seats in Bengal polls NEW DELHI, 3 JULY The Supreme Court today expressed shock at the fact that “thousands and thousands” of seats in the recent Bengal panchayat polls had remained uncontested, observing that these figures showed that grassroot-level democracy was not working. It directed the state election commission to provide exact statistics about such contested posts by tomorrow. Out of a total 58,692 posts for gram panchayat village, zilla parishad and panchayat samiti, reasonable period of service left. The recommendations should be sent three months before the retirement of a police chief, it said. The apex court also ruled that any rule or state law on the subject of appointment of police officers "will be kept at abeyance". The bench, however, granted liberty to the states, which have made laws on police appointments, to move before it seeking modification of its order.The directions came on a plea of the Centre seeking modification of the judgment Hatred of Modi Opp’s only glue: PM STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 3 JULY Prime Minister Narendra Modi has dismissed the Opposition's unity as a "sham", saying it was driven with the sole objective of ousting him from power by a group of political parties struggling for their own survival. "Today, these alliances are not motivated by national good but about personal survival and power politics. They have no agenda except to remove Modi," the PM said in an interview to magazine Swarajya. Modi said the Opposition had nothing but "hatred" for him and that was their only binding factor. He said there are numerous claimants to the post of Prime Minister in the Opposition ranks. He said the Opposition's unity was going to be short-lived. “There is no grand alliance, there is just a grand race to be Prime Minister. Rahul Gandhi says he is ready to be Prime Minister but Mamata Banerjee does not agree," Modi said. "Mamataji wants to be PM but the Left has a problem. SP thinks their leader more than anyone else deserves to be PM. The whole focus is power politics, not people’s progress. "Hatred for Modi is the sole gluing force for the Opposition and it is not as if they have not tried grand alliances in 2014 and in the Sweden book place in World Cup quarters Sweden reached the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time in 24 years after Emil Forsberg's deflected shot earned a scrappy 1-0 win over Switzerland on Tuesday. This was far from a classic at the Saint Petersburg Stadium and if Colombia or England's players were watching on from Moscow, they could be forgiven for feeling bullish about their prospects in the last eight. Switzerland's Michael Lang was sent off in injury-time for a last-ditch push on Martin Olsson and referee Damir Skomina downgraded his penalty to a free-kick on the edge of the area. But the game was already up. Forsberg's second-half strike, which deflected off the unfortunate Manuel Akanji, means Sweden are through to the World Cup last eight for the first time since 1994 in the United States. Their route to the quarters has not been easy and, what they have lost in the indi- LOEW SET TO STAY AS GERMANY COACH DESPITE WC WOES Cow vigilantism a crime, not merely a law and order problem, says court WEATHER TEMPERATURE FORMER MALAYSIAN PRIME MINISTER ARRESTED MERKEL STRIKES MIGRATION DEAL TO SAVE COALITION pered by suspensions here too, with Switzerland more badly affected. They were without both Fabian Schaer and captain Stephan Lichtsteiner at the back, prompting Johan Djourou and Lang to come in. For Sweden, Gustav Svensson replaced Sebastian Larsson in midfield. After back-to-back penalty shoot-outs, Brazil versus Mexico and Belgium's pulsating comeback against Japan, there was always a danger this last16 tie would struggle to deliver, even on low expectations. It was a contest that lacked quality, particularly in the final third, where both teams were often painfully imprecise. Victor Lindelof slipped on the ball in the first 10 seconds and that set the tone for the first half, which was largely a collection of mishit passes, heavy touches and skewed shots. There were chances and Sweden had most of them. Marcus Berg blasted over when set free early on and then saw his finish blocked following a poor clearance by Swiss goal- keeper Yann Sommer. After a slow start, and Lustig's foul on Josip Drmic, Switzerland grew in confidence and should have scored when Blerim Dzemaili snatched at Steven Zuber's pull-back. At the other end, Albin Ekdal was even closer, and completely free, when he sidefooted Lustig's cross over. Rather than let loose, both teams tightened after the interval, and Forsberg's goal came out of the blue. With space on the edge of the box, his dummy did for Granit Xhaka before the shot was helped in by the outstretched foot of Akanji. Switzerland twice went close to grabbing an equaliser, as Djourou's header dribbled agonisingly across the goal-line and substitute Haris Seferovic drew a late save from close range. Olsson was pushed in the back by Lang with only Sommer to beat in injury-time, with Skomina initially awarding a penalty but changing his decision to a free-kick after he consulted the replay. Lang's red card stood and Sweden held on. ensuing state elections. The results are for everyone to see," the PM said. "How long will the dislike and mistrust these parties and leaders have for each other keep them together? They are in direct bitter contests against each other in various states," he added. Taking a jibe at the Congress, Modi said a party that once had concluded that days of the coalition politics were over was today hunting for allies as its political survival was at stake. "...Congress is now running from pillar to post, looking for allies. They are fighting a battle for their existence, what I call an 'astitva ki ladhai'. This is due to the people of India, who have rejected the high-handedness of the Congress," Modi charged. He claimed that his government at the Centre had done well on various fronts of governance. He exuded confidence about people reposing their faith in the BJP-led alliance in the 2018 state assembly polls and the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. "On various parameters ~ economic, security, social justice, foreign policy ~ our government has done well. After 2014, time and again the people have blessed us in all parts of India. The mandates we have received in state after state are historic. Hence, we are confident that people will repose their trust in us," the PM said. Amid reports of an “all time high” security threat to him, Modi also said he is“not a Shahenshah or an imperious ruler” unaffected by the warmth of the people and that he gains strength from his interactions with them. Women’s T20 captain in fake degree row STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE MEERUT/CHANDIGARH, 3 JULY Harmanpreet Kaur, team captain of India’s women’s T20 cricket team, is at the centre of a controversy after her BA degree from the Chaudhary Charan Singh University was allegedly found to be fake. Prof Sanjay Bharadwaj who is the head of the vigilance cell of the University said today that Kaur was not enrolled with the university. Prof Bharadwaj said the vigilance inquiry was done after Punjab police approached the university for verification of her educational documents. Kaur was appointed to the post of Deputy Superintendent in Punjab Police through sports quota for her achievements in cricket. Prof Bharadwaj said that an officer from Jalandhar had approached the CCSU in April this year for verification of Harmanpreet Kaur’s BA degree that was purportedly issued in 2011. During investigation by the vigilance cell it was found that the student was not enrolled with the university.“We had than informed the officer in this regard,” he said. At a private promotional event in Mohali, Harmanpreet refused to comment when asked about the controversy over her degree. But her father, Harmander Singh Bhullar, denied that his daughter’s degree is fake. He said the degree is genuine and Harmanpreet had got a job with the Railways on the basis of the same degree.“The Railways found the degree to be genuine. How can it be termed fake now?” he asked. 20,159 of them had remained uncontested in the violence-marred local polls in the state. “We cannot remain oblivious of this fact that such a huge number of seats were uncontested in panchayat elections in the state...What is puzzling us is that of 48,000 gram panchayat seats, more than 16,000 go uncontested,” a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said. “What is bothering us is that out of total 48,650 panchayat seats, 16,000 posts remained uncontested.” PTI DETAILS ON PAGE 7 rendered in the Prakash Singh case on police reforms. The Central government told the court that some states were appointing politically convenient officers as acting police chiefs and when they get close to their retirement, they are appointed on regular basis thereby enjoying full term of two years, irrespective of the years left in their service. The court did not modify its direction but it barred the state governments from appointing any officer as acting DGP . 250 stranded Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims rescued KATHMANDU, 3 JULY Over 250 Indian pilgrims were evacuated safely from Hilsa today as rescue work intensified to bring back over 1,500 Indians who have been stranded in Nepal's mountainous region due to heavy rain while returning from the Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage in Tibet. Two pilgrims - Leela Narayanan Mandredath, 56, of Kerala and Satya Laxmi of Andhra Pradesh - died yesterday due to high altitude sickness in Simikot and heart attack in Tibet respectively, the Indian Embassy said today.Their bodies were brought by special helicopters to Kathmandu and Nepalganj respectively, it said. “Over 250 people have been evacuated from Hilsa to Simikot,” an Indian Embassy official told PTI. While Hilsa is extremely infrastructure lean, Simikot has decent boarding, communication and medical facilities. The official said that 158 people were evacuated from Simikot to Nepalganj, which is a fairly big city with modern facilities and three hours road connectivity to Lucknow. “There are 629 people stranded in Simikot and 451 people stranded in Hilsa,” he said. “Luckily there has been a lower inflow into Hilsa due to mission's request to various tour operator to hold people towards Tibet side where better civic amenities are available. Only 51 entered Hilsa,” the official said.“There are no deaths reported in either Hilsa or Simikot as of today. Our representative is taking rounds to find any medical complication and no major medical complications reported,” he PTI added. DETAILS ON PAGE 5
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