SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 07 JULY 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16+4 |` 5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P8 SENSEX 35,657.86 +83.31 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Light rain or drizzle likely to occur. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 38 and 27 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 92% TEMPERATURE Min. 44% Max: 37.3°C (+1) SUN RISES 05:30 hrs MOON RISES 01:15 hrs Min: 26°C (-2) SUN SETS 19:23 hrs MOON SETS 13:21 hrs THUMBNAILS Special prayers were held in Leh on Friday when the Dalai Lama celebrated his 83rd birthday. A large number of local residents gathered to be blessed by the Dalai Lama as he cut the birthday cake at the Shiwatsel Ground. P4 Japan executes sarin attack cult leader: The leader of the Japanese doomsday cult that carried out a deadly 1995 sarin attack on the Tokyo subway was executed on Friday along with six of his followers, decades after the shocking crime. Shoko Asahara, the charismatic virtually-blind leader of the Aum Shinrikyo sect, has been on death row for more than a decade over the attack, which shocked the world and prompted a massive crackdown on the cult. “Seven Aum members were executed, they include Shoko Asahara,” a justice minP12 istry official told AFP. Kidnapped cop's body found in J&K: Police on Friday recovered the body of a policeman who was kidnapped by militants from his home in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir. Constable Javaid Ahmad, posted as the personal security officer to SSP Shailendra Mishra, was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen from his home at Vehil Thursday night, a police official said. He was shot in the head. His body was found by the roadside at Sehpora in the neighbouring Kulgam district, the official added. BOI ex-officials arrested in fraud case: The o CBI on Friday arrested two senior retired officers of Bank of India in connection with alleged loan fraud of Rs 2,654 crore by Vadodara-based Diamond Power Infrastructure Ltd. (DPIL). V V Agnihotri and P K Shrivastava, retired GM and DGM respectively, had allegedly granted undue favours to the company in granting credit limits, the officials said. They said both have been arrested today and will be produced before special court in Ahmedabad on Saturday. Cab driver held for abduction bid: An Ola cab driver was arrested for allegedly attempting to abduct a woman passenger who was on her way to the Bengaluru airport, police said. Suresh, 28, a resident of Banaswadi, in an inebriated state picked up the passenger from Banaswadi and was supposed to drop her at the airport early Thursday. However, as they neared the airport toll gate, he suddenly drove the car on the Hyderabad route. As the vehicle crossed a toll plaza, the woman raised an alarm, which caught the attention of the toll plaza staff, who rescued her, police said. TRUMP FIRES TARIFF SALVO AT CHINA ‘IT’S TARGETING WITHOUT PLANNING’ OPEN SESAME P9 NIFTY 10,772.65 +22.90 DAWN/ANN AND AGENCIES GOLD 29,480.00 +70.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 76.50 -0.89 France beat Uruguay 2-0 0 to enter semi-finals f Griezmann scores a 2nd in the 61st minute, but it was mostly due to a goalkeeping mistake NIZHNY NOVGOROD (RUSSIA), 6 JULY Judge Muhammad Bashir of the accountability court read out the 174-page verdict after postponing it for five times during the day in the Avenfield corruption case -- pertaining to the ownership of four flats in the posh Avenfield House in London. The National Accountability Bureau had filed the case, along with two others, on the Supreme Court's directives in the landmark Panamagate verdict last year which disqualified Sharif, the three-time prime minister. Sharif is currently in London attending to his wife Kulsoom Nawaz who was diagnosed with throat cancer last year. Sharif's daughter Maryam and his two sons - Hassan and Hussain - are in London, while Safdar is in Pakistan, but was not present in court. Both Hassan and Hussain have been declared as absconders by the court. The NAB will now wait for a certain time period for all three convicts to surrender. If they fail to do so, the NAB will initiate the procedure to bring Maryam and Nawaz back, and arrest Safdar, Dawn newspaper reported. After the verdict, Maryam and Safdar were disqualified from contesting elections. NAB Deputy Prosecutor General Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi said the accused have 10 days to file an appeal against the verdict. F rance became the first team to reach the World Cup semi-finals as goals from Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezmann gave them a deserved 2-0 victory over Uruguay on Friday. It is the first time France have been in the last four since 2006 and sets up a mouth-watering clash against either Belgium or Brazil, who play later on Friday, in St Petersburg on Tuesday. France took the lead in the 40th minute from the unlikely source of defender Varane, who glanced home a fine header from an Antoine Griezmann free-kick. It was only the Real Madrid player's third goal for France and represented redemption forVarane, who was largely blamed for the goal which saw France lose at the quarter-final stage to Germany four years ago. Griezmann, who counts several of the Uruguay players as close friends, scored a second in the 61st minute, but it was mostly due to a howler from La Celeste's goalkeeper, Fernando Muslera. The usually dependable stopper flapped at Griezmann's 20-yard shot and agonisingly saw the ball float over the line. It was Griezmann's third goal of this World Cup, but his first not from a penalty. That goal secured the victory but did not end the drama in Nizhny Novgorod, as Uruguay's frustration boiled over in the 67th minute when CJI ‘master of roster’: SC STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 6 JULY The Supreme Court on Friday for the third time said that the Chief Justice of India (CJI) is "the master of the roster" and has the prerogative and authority to allocate cases to different benches of the apex court. The apex court had delivered two separate verdicts in November 2017 and April 2018 upholding the CJI's authority as Master of Roster to allocate cases and constitute Benches. Both judgments were pronounced by benches headed by CJI Dipak Misra. Dismissing former law minister Shanti Bhushan's petition seeking guidelines SILVER 39,600.00 +100.00 AGENCIES ISLAMABAD, 6 JULY Pakistan's deposed premier Nawaz Sharif was today sentenced in absentia to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment by an anti-graft court in one of the three corruption cases against him in the Panama Papers scandal, dealing a huge blow to his party ahead of the elections on July 25. Sharif today said he has been punished because he tried to turn the course of Pakistan's 70-year history. Addressing a press conference in London along with his daughter Maryam, Sharif said, “I promise that I will continue this struggle until Pakistanis are not free of the chains that they are kept in for saying the truth.” The Islamabad Accountability Court sentenced 68-year-old Sharif to 10 years in jail for owning assets beyond income and one year for not cooperating with the anti-corruption authority, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). The sentences will run concurrently which means the former prime minister will serve 10 years in jail. Sharif's 44-year-old daughter and co-accused Maryam was given seven years for abetment, and one year for non-cooperation with the NAB also to run concurrently. Considered to be Sharif's political heir, Maryam will serve seven years in total. Sharif's son-in-law Capt (retd) Muhammad Safdar was jailed for one year rigorous imprisonment for not cooperating with the NAB. Amid tight security, the P15 P12 ` vs $ 68.87 +8 PAISE Sharif gets 10 yrs’ RI in Panama Papers scandal SINDHU, PRANNOY CRASH OUT OF INDONESIAN OPEN to regulate CJI’s administrative powers, including those of allocating work to fellow judges and benches, a bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan in separate but concurring judgments, iterated the legal position on the controversial issue. The CJI occupies the role of "first among equals and is empowered to exercise leadership in administration of court" which includes assignment of cases. The verdict came on a plea of former law minister Shanti Bhushan challenging the existing roster practice of allocation of cases in the apex court by the Chief Justice of India. A five-judge constitution bench and a three-judge bench have already held that the CJI is the master of the roster. Justice Sikri said on Friday, "As far as the role of CJI as master of the roster is concerned, there is no dispute that he is the master of roster and has authority to allocate cases to different benches of the Supreme Court." Concurring , Justice Bhushan said the CJI has the prerogative to allocate cases . France's forward Antoine Griezmann (L) vies with Uruguay's defender Diego Laxalt during the Russia 2018 World Cup AFP quarter-final football match between Uruguay and France at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on Friday. Kylian Mbappe fell to the floor. Uruguay skipper Diego Godin gestured with the teenager to get up, then tried to pull him from the turf, sparking a melee which involved most of the players and saw French coach Didier Deschamps come onto the pitch to try to calm tempers. France's victory was merited as it was they who had the bulk of possession and always looked the most likely to score. They might have scored as early as the 15th minute when Mbappe mistimed a close header. The lightning-quick Mbappe and Griezmann struck fear into the Uruguayan defence all afternoon. In midfield, France's N'Golo Kante and RESULTS FRANCE 2 0 URUGUAY BRAZIL 1 2 BELGIUM TODAY’S MATCHES ENGLAND SWEDEN RUSSIA CROATIA Paul Pogba snuffed out any potential threat posed by Uruguay. And up front for La Celeste, Luis Suarez cut an isolated and agitated figure as his team desperately went in search of an equaliser as Edinson Cavani was ruled out with injury. Increasingly, Suarez vented his frustration with Argentinian referee Nestor Pitana, who, coincidentally, was the official in charge of France's quarterfinal 2014 defeat. The Barcelona star was partnered by Cristhian Stuani after a week of willhe-won't-he speculation surrounding Cavani ended up with the Paris Saint-Ger- main striker failing to recover from a calf strain. Without Cavani, Uruguay posed little threat. A tight and nervy encounter to begin with, the game burst into life after Varane's goal. Until that point Uruguay had struggled to get into the French penalty area, but within four minutes of the goal would have been level except for an exceptional save by Hugo Lloris. The French skipper saved superbly with onehand from defender Martin Caceres, whose header from a free kick look destined to go in. Diego Godin could have scored from the follow-up, but that was the closest the South Americans would come to scoring all afternoon. SEE ALSO PAGE 16 Kejriwal-LG tussle over services flares up STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 6 JULY Two days after the Supreme Court Constitution Bench ruled that the Delhi's Lieutenant Governor (LG) has no independent decisionmaking power and is bound by the aid and advice of the elected state government, the raging power tussle in the national capital between the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government and the LG, the BJP-ruled Centre's representative, intensified over the control of services department relating to transfer and posting of officials. Delhi CM Kejriwal said on Friday that LG Anil Baijal has refused to give control of the services department to the state government, charging it was the first time in the country's history that the Centre through the LG was "openly refusing" to obey the Supreme Court's order. Their "refusal" to accept the apex court's ruling would lead to "anarchy" in the country, Kejriwal told a news conference after meeting Baijal. Referring to the top court's 4 July judgment, Kejriwal said it has made clear that except for three subjects ~ police, public order and land ~ the elected state government in Delhi would have executive powers on all other subjects. Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia met LG Baijal today to discuss the apex court's verdict and its implications for gover- nance of Delhi amid the long-standing power struggle involving the two sides. Kejriwal said during their 25-minute meeting the LG told them that he had sought advice from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and was told that the control of services should not be given to the Delhi government. "Despite the Supreme Court's clear verdict, the LG has refused to give the Delhi government control over transfers and postings of its bureaucrats in view of a 2015 notification of the MHA that handed services to him,” Kejriwal said. TURN TO PAGE 10 Indian family of 7 says ‘living like prisoners’ in UAE ‘Naik will not be deported’ PRESS TRUST OF INDIA KUALA LUMPUR, 6 JULY DUBAI, 6 JULY An Indian family of seven, claiming to be “living like prisoners” in Sharjah, is seeking help from the UAE government to legalise their residency status fearing arrest and deportation, a media report said on Friday. The family, three of whom do not have passports and visas, said that they do not even have enough to eat and there are days when they have to survive on a packet of quboos (Arabic bread), Khaleej Times reported. Madhusudhanan, 60, from Kerala, and his Sri Lankan wife Rohini, 55, said they want to give a normal life to their children who have never been to school in their lifetime, the report said. Their four daughters – Ashwathy, 29, Sangeetha, 25, Shanthi, 23, Gauri, 22 – and one son, Mithun, 21, are all unemployed and live with their parents in a dilapidated two-bedroom house in Sharjah, it said. “I could not enroll my five children in school because of our illegal status. They did not even have their passports for a long time. They haven’t travelled outside the UAE even once. They have suffered for a lifetime. I want them to have a decent life,” Madhusudhanan said. All the children have been The family, three of whom do not have passports and visas, said they do not even have enough to eat and there are days when they have to survive on a packet of quboos (Arabic bread), a media report said. home-schooled by their mother and now can read and write, the report said. “Children are afraid to go out. We are living like prisoners without knowing what our future would be. I have sacrificed 30 years of my life for my family. My children deserve better,” said Rohini. Madhusudhanan came to the UAE in 1979 as a worker. He married Rohini in 1988. “Everything turned upside down when I lost my job after three years, ending up as an illegal resident,” he said, adding that before he had his first daughter in 1989, he lost his second job also. “I could not apply for her passport because I was living illegally in the country. By the time I found another job and had a resident visa, my wife lost her job as a sales girl in a studio in 1992 – the same year we had our second child. And because of the mother’s illegal status, applying for a child’s passport was not possible,” he said. The couple said that they managed to secure passports for their four children, except for the eldest one, with the help of community organisations. When asked why he did not want to leave the country by availing the general amnesty declared in 2003, 2007 and 2013, Madhusudhanan claimed he did not want to split his family. “How could I go to India leaving my wife behind? She is a Sri Lankan and does not have an Indian passport. My children are attached to their mother and they cannot live without her. I had to stay to keep my family together,” he said. The couple said they hope to legalise their status and enroll children in some vocational courses as they have lived in the country for nearly four decades. Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad today ruled out the deportation of the controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik to India if he does not create problems in Malaysia, where he has permanent residency status. In January, India had made a formal request to Malaysia to deport Naik, wanted by India for allegedly inciting youngsters for terror activities through his hate speeches. India also has an extradition treaty with Malaysia. But Mahathir said Naik will not be sent back. PTI
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