CMYK WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 11 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 P6 SENSEX 36,239.62 +304.90 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky. A few spells of rain or thundershower. MAx and min temp will be around 31 and 27 degree celsius, resp RAINFALL: 4.3 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.95% Min. 84% Max: 31.2°C (-1) SUN RISES 05:00 hrs MOON RISES 02.56 hrs Min: 27.6°C (+1) SUN SETS 18:25 hrs MOON SETS 16:35 hrs TEMPERATURE SHARIF, MARYAM PUT ON EXIT CONTROL LIST THE HANDLING OF DONALD TRUMP THERESA MAY VS HARDLINERS P7 NIFTY 10,947.25 +94.35 P9 ` vs $ 68.82 -10 PAISE GOLD 29,385.00 -185.00 Belgium, France battle for place in World Cup final France bid to return to final for 1st time since 2006, Belgium hopeful AGENCIES ST. PETERSBURG, 9 JULY New moon on 13 July lthough the Tour de France cycle race would normally be the focus of French and Belgian sports fans at this time of year, it's a fair bet that Tuesday's World Cup semi-final here will beat the viewing figures of the annual cycle race in the two nations in question. France look to return to the final of the World Cup for the first time since 2006, while the Belgians look to confirm the promise of their 'golden generation' and reach the final for the first time, reports Xinhua news agency. The Belgians have won all five of their matches in Russia, scoring 14 goals and leaving Brazil and Japan by the wayside. In the quarterfinal against Brazil they showed their adaptability and in the last 16 they showed their resilience by fighting back from 02 down against the Japanese. Belgium coach Roberto Martinez has shown that he can make changes to his system, using a 43-2-1 for most of the tournament, but adapting to a 4-3-3 to exploit A THUMBNAILS After the flooding in Mabi, Okayama prefecture on Tuesday. Rescue workers carried out house-to-house searches in the hope of finding survivors after days of deadly floods. AFP Toll in Japan rain disaster rises to 156: The death toll in record rains that have devastated parts of Japan with flooding and landslides rose on Tuesday to 156, a top government spokesman said. Search-and-rescue operations are continuing after the worst weather-related disaster in Japan in over three decades, with dozens of people still believed missing. The PM has cancelled a foreign trip. Andhra Pradesh tops ease of doing business ranking: Andhra Pradesh has topped the ease of doing annual business ranking of states and Union Territories by the World Bank and Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP). Telangana and Haryana are at the second and third positions, respectively, according to a statement issued by DIPP. Brazil's weaknesses down the flanks. Martinez has succeeded where his predecessors failed by making the team greater than the sum of its parts. The Spaniard has shown great tactical pragmatism by setting up his side to suit the characteristics of his best players and exploit the weakness of opponents. This was exemplified in the team's 2-1 quarter-final victory over Brazil, when Kevin de Bruyne was deployed as a false nine while Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard where pulled wide. It remains to be seen what system he will use against a French side that is rock-solid in midfield. One change forced on Martinez is at right back where he will have to find a replacement for the suspended Thomas Meunier. Celtic's Dedryck Boyata may fea- ture as a right-back. Martinez dropped forward Dries Mertens against Brazil and fielded Nacer Chadli, who had scored the injurytime winning goal against Japan. Other midfield options include Marouane Fellaini, Axel Witsel and Yannick Carrasco. The French drew one group game (against Denmark), but their World Cup has been one of constant progression built around goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, central defenders RaphaelVarane and Samuel Umtiti and midfielders, N'golo Kante and Paul Pogba. Olivier Giroud provides a focal point in attack. Add to that the pace of Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann, who will also drop back to help in the middle and Didier Deschamps has a team without any apparent weaknesses. If Belgium persists with three central defenders, Deschamps will look to full-backs Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard to push forward and look to exploit spaces between the Belgian defensive trio of Vincent Kompany, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen. France will have to be wary of Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne's pace on the break. Martinez and his players have already shown they can change their formation depending on their rivals and Tuesday promises to be an absorbing tactical battle. TODAY’S WORLD CUP SEMI-FINAL ENGLAND vs CROATIA 11.30 p.m. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 10 JULY A US investigation team at Bhawani Bhawan to conduct inquiries regarding the narcotic seized from Chinese people in Kolkata on Tuesday. SNS Sleuths from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of the US today met CID officials to probe the haul of drugs allegedly possessed by five arrested Chinese citizens. The DEA has found a Chinese citizen's link with the recent US seizure of drugs. Sources close to the CID said a team of DEA officers from the US came to Bhawani Bhawan last night to inquire about the arrests of five Chinese citizens with whom, the source claimed, the US inves- tigators had found a link of its recent drug seizures. This is the second time a US agency is visiting Kolkata following an investigation. Earlier, in 2002, the FBI had come to Kolkata after a USIS shoot-out. Investigation had revealed that Wang Xiao Dong and Xue Yonghui, the two among the five apprehended, had come to Kolkata from Hong Kong on 23 June and the remaining three Li Cheng, Cheng Hao and Lu Baoxian were in the city before the duo had arrived. Interestingly, on 30 June, GRP personnel at Kolkata rail- How to spot fake news and rumours on WhatsApp NEW DELHI, 10 JULY From Tuesday night (10 July) onwards, the WhatsApp of your phone will have a new feature. Every message you get will tell you if it’s an original post sent by your contact or just a forward. The messaging app owned by Facebook says it will from now onwards indicate which messages you receive have been forwarded to you and not created by the sender. “This extra context will help make one-on-one and group chats easier to follow. It also helps you determine if your friend or relative wrote the message they sent or if it originally came from someone else,” says a WhatsApp statement. To activate this feature, however, you need to have the Starting today, you will know a WhatsApp message is original or just a forward. Asked by Govt to act after a recent spate of killings over rumours spread through the platform, WhatsApp says it has started an education campaign on how to spot fake news and rumours latest supported version of WhatsApp on your phone. “WhatsApp cares deeply about your safety. We encourage you to think before sharing messages that were forwarded. As a reminder, you can report spam or block a contact in one tap and can always reach out to WhatsApp directly for help,” says the company. After a spate of mob lynchings that left at least 27 people dead across nine states in the last one year, the Government of India had recently asked the messaging app to act urgently to stop the spread of "irresponsible and explosive messages" on its platform. The killings have been reported from Maharashtra, Assam, Tripura, West Bengal, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand and Chattisgarh. Behind all the fatal attacks were rumours of child kidnappings spread over WhatsApp. The police had said they were finding it hard to convince people that the messages were false. In fact, one of the lynching victims in Tripura was a man who had been hired as an announcer by the state authorities to dispel rumours about childlifters. In its reply to the Union Ministry of Information and Technology, WhatsApp had said it was "horrified by these terrible acts of violence", and called the situation a "challenge that requires government, civil society and technology companies to work together". On Tuesday, WhatsApp published a full-page advertisement in some newspapers as part of its new campaign to fight misinformation and fake news. In the advertisement, the messaging app listed 10 points for its users to go through to tackle misinformation. “We are starting an education campaign in India on how to spot fake news and rumours. Our first step is placing newspaper advertisements in English and Hindi and several other languages. We will build on these efforts,” it said. The new feature to be rolled out from 11 July, which will allow users to know when a message is just a forward and not an original post, is part of this campaign. CMYK P11 SILVER 39,600.00 -250.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 79.04 +0.97 Row over ‘eminence’ tag for proposed Jio Institute ABHIJEET ANAND NEW DELHI, 10 JULY A controversy has erupted over the yet-to-be-established Jio Institute of Reliance Foundation being given the Institution of Eminence (IoE) tag by the Union Ministry of HRD. However, the MHRD has said that the move to grant this tag to the proposed Jio Institute backed by business magnate Mukesh Ambani was in accordance with the rules. A massive commitment of Rs 9,500 crore towards capital expenditure has been made in the proposal given and 800 acres of land has been acquired near Navi Mumbai for Jio Institute. However, allegations are being levelled that the corporate sector is now influencing the decision in the MHRD ministry. Stung by these allegations, the MHRD Ministry has tried to counter them with its officials claiming that it was only after due diligence that the Institution of Eminence tag was given to the proposed Jio Institute. R Subrahmanyam, higher education secretary, HRD Ministry, said that the Empowered Experts Committee (EEC) on whose recommendations Jio Institute was selected comprised of "eminent, non-partisan personalities". The Committee came to a conclusion that only the proposed Jio Institute satisfied all the parameters that were required for an institute in the greenfield category to be granted the IoE tag. “The main criteria of the EEC was whether the institute can attain a global ranking among the top 500 institutions of the world,” said Subrahmanyam. Drug haul: US agency finds Chinese link to its seizures JOINT VENTURE STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE SINGLED OUT FOR SPECIAL TREATMENT way station had arrested five Chinese citizens with 197 kg of Amphetamine tablets, a contraband drug worth Rs 40 crore from trolley bags they were carrying. Along with the drugs, the GRP had also recovered mobile phones, one laptop and some cash in Indian currency worth Rs 26,000. Some Chinese currency along with seven railway tickets from Beldanga to Kolkata were seized from their possession. Their passports and other Chinese documents were also confiscated from them. SEE ALSO PAGE 13 Under the greenfield category, a completely new proposal to establish an institution may be considered under this project. Accordingly, a separate category of applications were invited from the sponsoring organisations for setting up greenfield projects. Tarun Khanna and Renu Khator are among the members of the EEC. Renu Khator is the eighth chancellor of the University of Houston System and Tarun Khanna is Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at the Harvard Business School. Dr Devi Singh, former director of IIM Lucknow is also a member. The guidelines for the greenfield institutions say that they should have an initial corpus of Rs 60 crore and a funding plan of Rs 1000 crore. But they will not be given Rs 1000 crore by the government. “It is being clarified that Rs 1000 crore grant will be given only to the public institutions (of eminence). There is lot propaganda going over this. But this is not correct,” said Subrahmanyam. The government has also clarified that the Jio Institute would now have only a "letter of intent" and that they will make the cut only after meeting other conditions later. The "eminence" label gives these institutes unprecedented freedom from gov- ernment controls and promises "enabling architecture" to help them achieve global excellence. “If they are able to set up the institute and get a good team, only then the EEC will recommend that the tag of IoE be given to them,” said Subrahmanyam. Public figures like the exUnion minister Yashwant Sinha and noted historian Ramachandra Guha tweeted critical remarks on the proposal to give institution of eminence tag to the Jio Institute. Guha tweeted, “There is a Greenfield institution outside Chennai helmed by Raghuram Rajan, whose academic qualifications are in inverse proportions to those of the Ambanis. Why not choose that?” “This preferential treatment to an Ambani University that does not yet exist is shocking. Particularly when several first-rate private universities have been bypassed. Are they being punished for the brilliance and independence of mind of their scholars?,” Guha charged. "Jio Institute has not even been set up. It is not in existence. Yet govt grants it eminence tag. That is the importance of being M Ambani,” tweeted Sinha. Lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan has also questioned the government's bid to give this tag to a nonexistent institute. Adani Group emerges as top bidder for gas PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 10 JULY Adani Group today emerged as the top bidder for gas retailing licences, eyeing 52 cities, while the Reliance-BP combine dropped out last minute from the latest round for 86 cities which saw over 400 bids with potential investment of Rs 70,000 crore. GAIL Gas Ltd, the city gas distribution arm of stateowned GAIL India Ltd, put in bids for close to 30 cities, sources privy to the development said. Adani Gas Ltd bid for 32 cities on its own and another 20 cities in equal joint venture with state-owned Indi- an Oil Corp (IOC). Bidding for the biggest city gas distribution licensing round, offering 86 permits for selling CNG and piped cooking gas in 174 districts in 22 states and union territories, closed today. India Gas Solutions Pvt Ltd -- the 50:50 JV of UK's BP plc and Reliance Industries, looked very closely to foray into city gas distribution but dropped out at the last moment, they said. IGSPL, which was formed to retail natural gas in India, looked at license for 15 cities but did not place any bid at the close of bidding today, they added. SEE ALSO PAGE 8 All 12 boys and coach rescued from Thai cave AGENCIES MAE SAI (THAILAND), 10 JULY The final five members of a young football team were rescued from a flooded Thai cave today after spending 18 harrowing days trapped deep inside, completing an astonishing against-the-odds rescue mission that captivated the world. Elite foreign divers and Thai Navy SEALs extracted the final batch of four boys, plus the 25-year-old coach, today afternoon via a treacherous escape route that required them to squeeze through narrow, water-filled tunnels. “All 12 'Wild Boars' and coach have been extracted from the cave,” the SEALs said in a Facebook post, referring to the boys by the name of their football team. “All are safe,” they added, signing off with what has become their trademark “Hooyah” that they used to celebrate the successful extractions of the other eight boys over the previous two days. The boys, aged from 11 to 16, and their coach, ventured into the Tham Luang cave in mountainous northern Thailand on June 23 after football practice and got trapped when heavy rains caused flooding forcing to take shelter on a muddy ledge. They spent nine days in darkness until two British divers found them, looking gaunt but otherwise offering smiles to the divers and appearing to be in remarkably good spirits. But the initial euphoria at finding them dissipated as authorities struggled to devise a safe plan to get them out, with the shelf more than four kilometres (2.5 miles) inside the cave and the labyrinth of tunnels leading to them filled with water. Authorities mulled ideas such as drilling holes into the mountain or waiting months until monsoon rains ended and they could walk out, with the rescue chief at one point dubbing the efforts to save them “Mission Impossible”.
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