CMYK WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 04 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 P9 SENSEX 35,378.60 +114.19 WEATHER One or two spells of rain or thunder shower very likely. Temperature will be in the range of 32-26 degrees Celsius. RAINFALL: 7.8 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.95% TEMPERATURE Max: 32.1°C (-1) SUN RISES 04:57 hrs MOON RISES 22.41 hrs CENTRAL ASIA IS THE NEW ECONOMIC BATTLEGROUND MEHBOOBA FACES PARTY REVOLT FORMER MALAYSIAN PRIME MINISTER ARRESTED P3 NIFTY 10,699.90 +42.60 P7 ` vs $ 65.57 +23 PAISE GOLD 29,235.00 -50.00 Onus on states to stop lynchings: SC Cow vigilantism a crime, not merely a law and order problem, says court Min. 78% Min: 25.7°C (-1) SUN SETS 18:25 hrs MOON SETS 09:53 hrs Moon phase: First quarter on 10 July THUMBNAILS Guatemalan immigrant Yeni Maricela Gonzalez Garcia (right) stands with volunteer Janey Pearl as she speaks with the media following a visit with her children at the East Harlem Cayuga Centers on Tuesday in New York City. Gonzalez Garcia, drove cross-country to be reunited with her three children who were taken from an Arizona immigration facility six weeks ago. AFP 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. Jail term for Aftab Ansari: A special CBI court in Ahmedabad has sentenced Aftab Ansari, the mastermind of the American Center attack in Kolkata, to 10 years' rigorous imprisonment in a 17-year-old arms and ammunition smuggling case. This case, among a number of cases registered against Ansari, pertains to the recovery of a huge cache of weapons and explosives from a truck in October 2001 from Patan in Gujarat. Four other persons were also arrested and convicted in the case. 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. Thapar (49) was appointed a judge on the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals by last year. 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... The Centre should frame a scheme under Article 257 of the Constitution NEW DELHI, 3 JULY 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. D 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.” 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 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. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE A part of the 47-year-old Gokhale over-bridge 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 the Western 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 3 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 Sweden, England book quarter-final slots AGENCIES QUARTER-FINALS URUGUAY FRANCE SAINT PETERSBURG/MOSCOW, 3 JULY Sweden and England filled the last quarter-final slots of the 2018 Fifa World Cup on Wednesday, the Swedish side scrapping through 1-0 against Switzerland in St Petersburg, while England overcame their World Cup penalty jinx to knock out Columbia on spot kicks in Moscow. Eric Dier scored the winning kick after Jordan Pickford's brilliant save from Carlos Bacca's attempt, with England's first everWorld Cup shootout win setting up a meeting with Sweden in Samara on Saturday. Gareth Southgate's side had been seconds away from the last eight during normal time, with Harry Kane's penalty after he was fouled by Carlos Sanchez in the box looking as though it was going to send them through. But deep into injury time, Colombia threw everyone forward for a Juan Cuadrado corner, including goalkeeper David Ospina, and Yerry Mina head- BRAZIL BELGIUM SWEDEN ENGLAND CROATIA RUSSIA RESULTS ENGLAND ed a dramatic equaliser at the Spartak Stadium. Henderson had a penalty saved by Ospina in the shootout but Mateus Uribe smashed the following kick onto the cross- bar to pave the way for Pickford and Dier to be England heroes. Earlier in the day, Sweden reached the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time in 24 years after Emil Forsberg's deflected 1 (4) 1 (3) COLUMBIA SWEDEN Sweden's midfielder Emil Forsberg (L) fights for the ball with Switzerland's midfielder Valon Behrami during their 2018 World Cup round of 16 match at the Saint Petersburg Stadium. AFP P11 SILVER 39,400.00 00.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 78.35 +1.05 SC bars appointment of acting police chiefs STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 3 JULY 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 rural 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, 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 5 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 judg- ment 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 . Hatred of Modi Opp’s only glue: PM Over-bridge collapses in Mumbai suburb; 5 hurt PRESS TRUST OF INDIA 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”. THE BLUE-EYED BOY OF BRAZIL IS AT IT AGAIN 1 0 SWITZERLAND shot earned them a scrappy 10 win over Switzerland. Forsberg struck the decisive blow midway through the second half with a shot that deflected off the luckless Manuel Akanji and left Yann Sommer stranded in the Swiss goal. It was a contest that lacked quality, particularly in the final third, where both teams were often painfully imprecise. Victor Lindelof slipped on the CMYK 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. Both sides were guilty of squandering good openings - and Switzerland ended it with 10 men after Michael Lang was dismissed in injury time for a push on Martin Olsson, who was clean through on goal. More reports on Page 11 alliances in 2014 and in the 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 jab 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 highhandedness of the Congress,” Modi said. He claimed that his gov- ernment 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 then 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. 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-hour 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 the mission's request to various tour operator to hold people on the 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 making rounds to find any medical complication and no major medical complications were reported,” he PTI added. Earlier report on P3
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