SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 8 JULY 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 20 | `5.00 |LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR RABINDRANATH TAGORE AND PRASANTA CHANDRA MAHALANOBIS SHARED A LIFELONG RELATIONSHIP OF MUTUAL ADMIRATION, LOVE AND RESPECT FROM STARTING OUT AS A JOURNALIST, MAEVE O’MEARA HAS MOVED ON TO BECOME AN AWARD-WINNING TELEVISION FOOD PRESENTER England and Croatia in semi-finals WEATHER Cloudy sky. Rain/thundershower. Maxmin temp to be 34/27 degrees Cels, resp. RAINFALL: 6.6 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.94% TEMPERATURE Croatia beat Russia 4-3 on penalties after teams were level at 2-2 following extra time; England beat Sweden 2-0 AGENCIES SAMARA (RUSSIA), 7 JULY Min. 54% Max: 35.1°C (+3) Min: 26.8°C (0) SUN SETS SUN RISES 18:25 hrs 04:59 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 00:33 hrs 13:28 hrs First quarter of moon on 10 July THUMBNAILS India captain Virat Kohli said after his team’s defeat in the 2nd T20 International on Friday that England levelled the series since they came in well-prepared effectively to tackle wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav (photograph). P11 North Korea slams US: North Korea slammed the United States for making “rapacious” demands during critical denuclearisation talks on Saturday, after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had earlier described them as “productive”. The North's foreign ministry said the “extremely regrettable” US attitude during the meeting violated the spirit of the agreement reached between leader Kim Jong Un P10 and President Donald Trump last month. arry Maguire and Dele Alli scored as England comfortably defeated Sweden 2-0 in Samara today to reach the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1990. Leicester defender Maguire headed in the opening goal from a corner on 30 minutes, with Alli adding a second just before the hour. Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford then produced a series of crucial saves in the final half-hour to seal England's long-awaited spot in the last four. It was just a second England victory over Sweden in nine competitive meetings, and set up a clash with Croatia on July 11 in Moscow for a place in the final. Southgate stuck with the same team that overcame Colombia on penalties in the last 16, while Sebastian Larsson returned for Sweden after missing the 1-0 win over Switzerland through suspension. Viktor Claesson drilled over for Sweden early on with an ambitious attempt from distance, while Harry Kane, the tournament's leading scorer with six goals, dragged wide after a penetrating run by Raheem Sterling. Sweden manager Janne Andersson had warned his side England were a match for them at set-pieces, and so it proved when Maguire H Croatia's players celebrate a goal during the extra time of the Russia 2018 World Cup quarter-final football match between Russia and Croatia at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on Saturday. AFP RESULTS ENGLAND RUSSIA England's forward Raheem Sterling (L) vies with Sweden's defender Andreas Granqvist during the Russia 2018 World Cup quarter-final football match between Sweden and England at the Samara Arena in Samara on Saturday. AFP connected with Ashley Young's corner after a lowkey first half hour. Maguire outjumped the much smaller Emil Forsberg to nod low into the corner, as England scored for the eighth time in Russia from a dead-ball situation. The lively Sterling should have doubled the lead on the stroke of half-time when he brilliantly controlled Jordan Henderson's lofted pass, but he was unable to find a way past Robin Olsen and his follow-up was blocked by Andreas Granqvist. Pickford had relatively little to do in a quiet first half, but the England goalkeeper produced a vital stop to claw away a Marcus Berg header minutes after the restart. England promptly cranked up the pressure and pulled further ahead on 59 minutes when a completely unmarked Alli sent a thumping header past Olsen after a firsttime cross by Jesse Lingard. Maguire then lashed over after a scene of panic Online NEET, JEE twice a year SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 7 JULY The engineering and medical entrance exams JEE and NEETwould now be conduced online and twice a year by the newly-formed National Testing Agency (NTA), HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said today. The NTA would conduct its first exam NET, that was till now conducted by the CBSE, in December, he added. JEE (Mains) would be conducted twice a year, in January and April. NEET (UG) would be conducted in February and May, the minister said. The NTA would also conduct National Eligibility cum Entrance Test Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) and Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test(GPAT), Javadekar said. CMAT and GPAT would be conducted in January next year. The students can appear both the times in National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and JEE (Mains) and the best of the two scores Union Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar addressing a press conference on National Testing Agency, in the Capital on Saturday. SNS would be taken into account for admission, the minister said. NEET is conducted for admissions to medical institutions across the country. The minister said that the exams would be more secure and at par with international norms. There would be no issues of leakage and it would be more student friendly, open, scientific and leak-proof, he stressed. Javadekar assured that the syllabus, the pattern of the question paper would remain the same and there would be no increase in the examination fees. The exams would be held in the existing number of languages. The online submission of application forms for NET would start from September 1 and would be on till September 30. The examinations would be held between December 2 to December 12 in two shifts per day on Saturdays and Sundays. The results would be declared in the last week of January 2019. The online submission of application forms for JEE (Mains) would start from September 1 and be on till September 30. The examinations would be held between January 6, 2019 to January 20, 2019 in eight different sittings and candidates can choose any one. The results would be declared in the first week of February 2019. The online submission of application forms for the second phase of JEE (Mains) would start from second week of February 2019. The examinations would be held between April 7, 2019 to April 21, 2019 in eight different sittings and candidates can choose any one. The results would be declared in the first week of May 2019. The online submission of application forms for NEET (UG) would start from October 1 and be on till October 31. The examinations would be held between February 3, 2019 to January 17, 2019 in eight different sittings and candidates can choose any one. The results will be declared in the first week of March 2019. in the Sweden area as England chased a third goal, although they were twice indebted to Pickford for preserving their two-goal lead. The Everton shotstopper thrust out a hand to superbly keep out Claesson's low strike from 10 yards following a neat layoff by Berg. Pickford then showed terrific reflexes to tip over an effort from Berg, who shot on the turn after being picked out in the area by substitute John Guidetti. 3 civilians die in Army firing, say J&K police SRINAGAR, 7 JULY Three civilians, including a girl, were killed and two others injured today when Army personnel opened fire during clashes with stone-pelting protesters in Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam district, the police said. This afternoon, a group of miscreants pelted stones at an Army patrol which was passing through Hawoora Mishipora area of Kulgam in south Kashmir, a police spokesperson said. Five people sustained injuries when the Army personnel tried to disperse the protesters, he added. The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital where three people, including a girl, succumbed to their injuries, the spokesperson said. He said the condition of the other two is stated to be stable. The police have initiated an investigation into PTI the matter. Southgate withdrew Henderson for Eric Dier in the closing stages and will have a full squad to choose from in the semi-final, injuries permitting. In the other match betweeen Russia and Croatia, after being 1-1 at the end of regulation time the match went on to extra time when at the 101st minute Domagoj Vida’s goal put Croatia in the lead (2-1). In the 115th minute Mario Fernandes scored the equaliser for Russia (2-2). KOLKATA, 7 JULY West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said that she is not averse to working with the Congress to oust the BJP government at the centre which is behaving like “a hundred Hitlers”. The TMC president, in an interview to a magazine, said she shares very good relations with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi but has never worked with Congress president Rahul Gandhi, whom she described as “much junior”. To questions about prime ministerial ambitions, Banerjee said she has “no intent”. However, she was ambivalent when asked if she was not ruling herself out of the race. “Instead of preparing for PM candidature, let us work together,” she said in the interview to India Today which was posted on its website. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief said she has no problems working with anybody as long as their intentions and philosophy are clear On her ties with the Congress leadership, Banerjee said, “What I can say about Rajivji or Soniaji I cannot say about Rahul because he is much junior.” “I don't have any problem. My intention will be to unite with all. But it is not my decision alone. It has to be the decision of all the regional parties. I have no problem working with anybody as long as they are efficient, and their intentions, their philosophy, their ideology are clear,” she said when asked if she is not averse to dealing with the Congress or having an understanding with the party. Asked whether she is not ruling herself out for PM, she said: “Who am I to rule out. I am a seasoned politician... CM twice. I can’t say anything which others may not like’’ Banerjee, while speaking on the issue of some Opposition parties wanting to forge a federal front without the Congress, noted that some parties don't support the Congress as they have their own regional compulsions. “I don't blame them. I say let's work against the BJP together. If the Congress is strong and gets more seats in some places, let it take the lead. If the regional parties are together somewhere else, they can be the decision- makers,” she said. Congress president Rahul Gandhi had yesterday held individual meetings with senior party leaders from West Bengal in the national capital to know their views on strengthening the state unit and on the way forward ahead of the Lok Sabha elections next year. A section of Congress leaders has shown inclination to have a tie-up with the TMC in West Bengal which has a total of 42 Lok Sabha seats. PCC chief Adhir Ranjan Choudhary, however, is not in favour of the party having any truck with Mamata Banerjee's TMC. The TMC chief expressed confidence that a grand alliance of Opposition parties is possible. On her idea of fielding a common candidate against the BJP, she said, “I am not saying that. If it is done for 75 seats, then the game will be over. If (BSP supremo) Mayawati and (SP chief) Akhilesh (Yadav) work together in Uttar Pradesh, the game will be over. Then after the elections, a common minimum agenda can be prepared. It is a big family, let it be a collective decision.” Asked about the possibility of becoming the prime minister, she said, “Me? It is a very silly question. First I will say I have no intent. I told you, I am a simple person and happy with my job. But we 2 (3) It was 2-2 after 30 minutes of extra time and the match was decided through penalty shoot out. Croatia beat Russia 4-3 in penalty shootout. Both the teams earlier scored in the first half of regulation time. Kramaric’s header for Croatia cancelled out a stunning strike from Russia’s Cheryshev to leave the teams level at 1-1 at half time. People erupted in celebration and the beer went flying as England reached the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in 28 years today. At Flat Iron Square 0 SWEDEN 2 (4) CROATIA in London, the party began with beer showers and chants of “Football's coming home” after the 2-0 win over Sweden. Friends jumped on one another's shoulders to belt out the song written for the Euro '96 tournament in England before the throng sang “Oh, Harry Maguire!” in honour of the defender who scored the first goal. “The atmosphere is amazing. I'm covered in beer, but I'll take it because it's coming home,” said public relations worker Tania Burnham, 27. See also page 12 Bihar rape: Principal, teacher sent to jail PRESS TRUST OF INDIA CHHAPRA (BIHAR), 7 JULY A principal of a private school and a teacher, who were arrested for allegedly raping and blackmailing a Class 9 student here, were today produced before a POCSO court which sent them to jail for a fortnight. Four students of the school, who were also allegedly involved in the incident, were sent to the remand home as they are juveniles. The teenager in her complaint to the police had alleged that she was raped and blackmailed by her school principal, two teachers and 16 students for seven months. The six were produced before the court of Additional District and Sessions judge Uday Kumar Upadhyay, who is also in-charge of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) court. The court also directed that the case of the four stu- Not averse to working with Congress, says Mamata PRESS TRUST OF INDIA 2 want to help everybody as members of a collective family. Instead of preparing for PM candidature, let us work together.” On whether she is not ruling herself out, she said, “Who am I to rule out anything? I know I am a seasoned politician, a very senior politician now, after my struggles. I have been MP seven times, MLA twice and a CM twice. So I cannot say anything that others may not like”. Banerjee, who has floated the idea of federal front, has been meeting several influential leaders to cobble up a strong Opposition alliance against the BJP . “They are committing atrocities, inflicting torture. Even some BJP people are not supporting them. They are behaving like a hundred Hitlers,” she said. Four school students who were also allegedly involved in the incident were sent to a remand home as they are juveniles. The principal denied the charge in POCSO court dents be heard separately and sent to the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB)which would verify their age. The girl's statement was also recorded by Judicial Magistrate Rakesh Mani Tiwary. The principal told the court that the allegations against him were false and this was a conspiracy to frame him in the case in order to bring disrepute to him and the school. The school is located at Parsagarh village of Saran district, about 35 km from the district headquarters of Chhapra. District Superintendent of Police Har Kishore Rai said an FIR was registered under Sections 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and the POCSO Act. In her complaint, the girl alleged that she was first raped by some of the students of her school in a toilet there in December 2017. The girl claimed that the students also recorded a video of the act and threatened her to make it viral if she reported the matter to anyone, the SP said. When the victim complained to the school principal about the incident, he first convinced and persuaded her not to lodge a complaint as the matter would bring disrepute to her and the family and later along with two teachers raped and blackmailed her, he said. The girl told reporters today that she could not muster courage to lodge a complaint with the police since her father was in jail for several months. Several Congress leaders on bail, party is bail gaadi: PM PRESS TRUST OF INDIA JAIPUR, 7 JULY Launching a scathing attack on the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the Opposition party was now being called a bail gaadi' as several of its leaders were out on bail. Several leaders who are called stalwarts of the Congress and former ministers are out on bail these days, Modi said at a public rally here, punning on the Hindi term for a bullock cart. He said the people were well aware of the intentions of the Congress party and had started calling it a bail gaadi. Making an apparent reference to the surgical strike into Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) in 2016, he criticised the Congress for questioning the capabilities of the Army. Union minister garlands lynching convicts: Union minister Jayant Sinha has stoked a controversy after he felicitated eight convicts in the Ramgarh lynching case when they came out of prison on bail, with Opposition attacking him for the “despicable” act. Meat trader Alimuddin Ansari was beaten to death on June 29 last year by a mob at Bazaar Tand area under Ramgarh PS (Jharkhand) on the suspicion that he was carrying beef in his car.
The Statesman is one of India's oldest English newspapers. It was founded in Kolkata in 1875 and is directly descended from The Friend of India (founded 1818). The Englishman (founded 1821) was merged with The Statesman in 1934. The Delhi edition of The Statesman began publication in 1931. The Statesman Weekly is a compendium of news and views from the Kolkata and Delhi editions. Printed on airmail paper, it is popular with readers outside India. The Statesman (average weekday circulation approximately 180,000) is a leading English newspaper in West Bengal. The Sunday Statesman has a circulation of 230,000.