CMYK www.thestatesman.com WEDNESDAY FIND US ONLINE 25 JULY 2018 Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5.00|LC* KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P9 SENSEX 36,825.10 +106.50 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky. 1/2 spells of rain/thundershower likely. Max-min temperature likely to be 33-27 degree celsius, resp RAINFALL: 5.1 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY P10 NIFTY 11,134.30 +49.55 Min. 70% ` vs $ 68.94 -8 PAISE GOLD 28,890.00 -10.00 Max: 32.5°C (+1) SUN RISES 05:06 hrs MOON RISES 16.29 hrs Min: 26.3°C (0) SUN SETS 18:21 hrs MOON SETS 02:49 hrs Full moon on 27 July THUMBNAILS Medical students during a victory rally in Kolkata on Tuesday. BISWAJIT GHOSHAL Congress gives privilege notices against PM , Def Minister: The Congress on Tuesday gave notices for breach of privilege against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Lok Sabha for “misleading” the House on the Rafale deal issue. The notices were moved by the Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, Veerappa Moily, K V Thomas, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Rajiv Satav, sources said. Hundreds missing in Laos after dam collapse: Hundreds of people are missing and an unknown number believed dead after a partly-constructed hydropower dam in southeast Laos collapsed, sending flash floods surging through six villages, state media reported. Communist Laos is traversed by a vast network of rivers and there are several dams being built or are planned in the impoverished and landlocked country. ‘Reply unsatisfactory’, for ‘better affidavit’ within 4 wks STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 24 JULY into such matters to provide relief to family members and gives its recommendations to the state government, he said. “I have met the family members of the victim. They have expressed satisfaction about the probe being carried out in the case. I have asked them to visit my office if they have any issues,” Kataria said, assuring that strict action will be taken against those who took the law into their hands. Kataria said the Ramgarh police made an error of judgment as they first took the cows to the shelter and then took the victim to the hospital. Taking Khan to the hospital earlier could have saved his life, he added. A four-member committee set up by the Rajasthan Police had ordered the suspension of the assistant sub-inspector posted at the Ramgarh police station, Mohan Singh, and transferred three others to police lines. The action was taken PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Govt to enact law to curb mob lynchings: Rajnath NEW DELHI, 24 JULY The government will enact a law, if necessary, to curb the incidents of lynching, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today amid Opposition outcry over the growing number of such cases. Singh also said the government has taken the issue seriously and would look at taking stringent action against the culprits, as the ruling coalition faced a scathing attack from the Congress, the Trinamool Congress and the Left parties in the Lok Sabha over the rising cases of lynching. Oppoafter a video purportedly showing ASI Singh admitting to his “mistake” went viral. The police have arrested three people suspected to be involved in the attack PRESS TRUST OF INDIA alleged partner in crime Nirav Modi, in two cases related to the scam and filed charge sheet against him. A special court in Mumbai has issued a Non-Bailable Warrant against him. Armed with the warrant, the CBI moved the Interpol for issuance of Red Corner Notice against the Gitanjali group promoter, who is one of the masterminds behind USD 2 billion banking fraud in the Punjab National Bank, but it is still under process. sition members created a din during the Zero Hour and many of them rushed to the Well, as a visibily peeved Speaker Sumitra Mahajan allowed some of the leaders to raise the issue after papers were laid. Responding to the concerns expressed by MPs, Singh said the government would enact a law, if necessary, to curb the incidents of lynching. On Monday, the Home Ministry announced setting up of two committees to suggest ways and a legal framework to effectively deal with incidents of SNS mob lynching. on Khan. The committee will also probe whether Khan became a victim of police beating on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday. tee. Senior advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for petitioner NGO Common Cause, said the Centre has not specified the date of the Selection Committee's next meeting. He alleged that the Centre has actually been delaying the appointment of the Lokpal despite passage of the Lokpal law about five years ago. Bhushan said contempt action should be initiated against authorities concerned or the apex court may proceed ahead for appointing the Lokpal by exercising its power under Article 142 of the Constitution (enforcement of decrees and orders of the Supreme Court). In its order, the Bench said it was unsatisfied with the Centre's reply, seeking a fresh affidavit with all necessary details in four weeks. The Centre had earlier Centre may consider CBI probe into Bihar shelter home rape-murder NEW DELHI, 24 JULY North Korea begins dismantling key facilities: North Korea has begun dismantling key facilities at a site used to develop engines for ballistic missiles, according to an analysis of satellite imagery, the first significant step towards denuclearisation following the last month's historic summit between Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump. The Sohae Satellite Launching Station has been the main site for North Korean satellite launches since 2012. he Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed as “wholly unsatisfactory” the Centre's submission on appointing the Search Committee members for the anti-graft ombudsman Lokpal, demanding a “better affidavit” within four weeks. A Bench comprising Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice R Banumathi and Justice Navin Sinha reportedly asked the Centre to file a fresh affidavit giving "all particulars" of the steps being taken for setting up a Search Committee for suggesting probable names for the Lokpal's appointment. During the hearing, Attorney General (AG) K K Venugopal submitted an affidavit, saying a meeting of the Selection Committee was held on 19 July but the Search Committee members' names were not finalised. He said the Selection Committee ~ which comprises of the Prime Minister, the Chief Justice of India, the Lok Sabha Speaker, the leader of the largest Opposition party in the Lok Sabha, and an eminent jurist ~ would soon hold its another meeting for finalising the Search Commit- T ‘Choksi moves to Antigua, gets local passport’ Fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi has moved to Antigua from the US and taken the passport of the Caribbean country, government sources said. In response to diffusion notice issued by Interpol, the Enforcement Directorate has been informed by Antiguan authorities that Choksi arrived there this month and had taken the passport of that country, they said. Choksi had fled the country in the first week of January, nearly a fortnight before weeks before country's biggest banking fraud surfaced. The CBI has booked Choksi, uncle of his BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 73.08 +0.02 SC upset over govt response on Lokpal issue PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 24 JULY Israel says it shot down Syrian warplane: Israel shot down a Syrian fighter jet with surface-toair missiles after the plane infiltrated its airspace, the military said. Israel signalled that the plane's infiltration may have been the result of internal fighting in Syria's civil war, but stressed it will enforce the ceasefire lines between the two countries. “Two Patriot missiles were launched at a Syrian Sukhoi fighter jet that infiltrated into Israeli airspace.” P12 SILVER 38,450.00 00.00 Rajasthan govt orders judicial inquiry into Rakbar Khan’s death Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria today ordered a judicial inquiry into the killing of Rakbar Khan, saying the evidence suggested it was a custodial death. The minister, who met the victim's family, said an initial compensation of Rs 1.25 lakh had been ordered. “We have written to the additional chief judicial magistrate to initiate a probe,” Kataria told reporters at a press conference here. The minister, along with chief secretary D B Gupta and DGP O P Galhotra visited Ramgarh in Alwar district today to inspect the spot where Khan (28) was allegedly lynched on suspicion of cow smuggling and inquire about the lapses on part of the police. In cases of custodial death, a committee constituted at the district level takes decisions regarding compensation to the family members of the deceased, Kataria said, adding that a sessions judge normally heads such a committee. On the lines of the Pehlu Khan lynching case, the state government has ordered a compensation of Rs 1.25 lakh to Khan's family. Further compensation will be provided based on the recommendations of the district legal committee, he added. The Human Rights Commission also looks SUGAR AND SPICE AND ALL THAT’S NICE P7 ALWAR, 24 JULY Max.93% TEMPERATURE RAHUL PLAYS IT SAFE WITH CWC SHARIF NOT SUFFERING ANY ACUTE PROBLEM MAY TO KEEP UK UNDER EU LAWS FOR ANOTHER 21 MONTHS Parliamentarians today expressed anguish over the alleged rape of girls and a murder in a state-run shelter home at Muzaffarpur in Bihar, with the Centre saying it could consider ordering a CBI probe if the state government makes a recommendation. Members of opposition parties, including the Congress and the RJD, raised the issue during Zero Hour in both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. Congress member Ranjeet Ranjan expressed concern over the alleged cases of young girls being forced into prostitution. While mentioning the Muzaffarpur matter, she also demanded a CBI probe into such cases. In response, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said it was a serious issue. “If there is a recommendation from the state government, then the Centre will consider ordering a CBI probe into the matter,” Singh said in the Lok Sabha. RJD member Jaiprakash Narayan Yadav also raised the issue in the Lower House and alleged that there was lawlessness in Bihar. In the Rajya Sabha, RJD member Manoj Kumar Jha said “a chilling incident” had occured in Muzaffarpur where more than 40 'Nirbhayas' have been abused. He was comparing the victims to Nirbhaya, the girl who was brutally raped and murdered in Delhi in December 2012. The RJD member also expressed concern over reports of sexual assaults against women being reported from different parts of the country. As Jha demanded CBI probe in the Muzaffarpur case, a JD (U) member said the Bihar government has already started an investigation. Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu termed the incident as “very serious”. Medical reports have suggested that more than half of the 40 girls, lodged at the shelter home, may have been subjected sexual intercourse at some point, police had said earlier. The inmates of the shelter home have also alleged that one of their fellow inmates was beaten to death and buried at the premises of the facility, while several others were raped. India extends $200-m line of credit to Rwanda PRESS TRUST OF INDIA KIGALI, 24 JULY India has extended USD 200 million line of credit to Rwanda for its economic development, signed a defence cooperation agreement and will soon open a High Commission here as part of India's efforts to bolster the strategic ties with the fast-developing East African country. After his one-on-one talks with Rwandan President Paul Kagame yesterday evening, Modi announced that India will soon open its High Commission in Rwanda. “We are going to open a High Commission in Rwanda. This will not only establish communication between our respective governments but also enable facilities for consular, passport, visa,” Modi said at a joint press meet. Modi, who is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Rwanda, noted that the relationship between the two countries have stood the test of time. “It is a matter of honour for us that India has stood with Rwanda in their economic development journey,” Modi said, adding that India will continue to back Rwanda's development. Prime Minister Modi held one-on-one talks with President Kagame and chaired the bilateral delegation level talks. During the talks, both leaders reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral cooperation and expressed satisfaction at the excellent relations between Rwanda and India in the overall context of the strategic partnership. The two countries signed eight MoUs and agreements on cooperation in the field of defence, trade, agriculture and animal resources. They agreed on cooperation Modi gifts 200 cows to poor villagers in Rwanda KIGALI, 24 JULY Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (C), accomapanied by Rwandan President Paul Kagame (R), greets locals at the Rweru Model Village, on July 24, 2018. Modi gifted 200 cows to villagers who do not yet own one, as part of the Rwandan Government's Girinka Programme. Girinka can be translated as ‘may you have a cow’. AFP in defence capacity building, industry, science and technology. Agreements in the area of Trade, Defence, dairy-cooperation, agriculture, culture, leather and allied sector and Line of Credit for USD 200 million for the expansion of Special Economic Zone and Irrigation Scheme was signed. The Prime Minister appre- ciated the effective utilisation of USD 400 million Lines of Credit extended to Rwanda in the last few years, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a press release today. CMYK In an unusual gift, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today presented 200 cows to poor villagers in Rwanda to support President Paul Kagame's ambitious initiative for poverty reduction and tackling childhood malnutrition. The Girinka Programme was initiated by President Kagame in 2006 to provide one cow per poor family for their nutritional and financial security. Modi, who is here on a two-day state visit, gifted these cows to poor families during a function at Rweru Model Village. Speaking on the occasion, Modi appreciated the Rwandan government's 'Girinka Programme'. He said people in India too would be pleasantly surprised to see the cow being given such importance as a means of economic empowerment in villages, in faraway Rwanda. He said the Girinka Programme will help transform villages in Rwanda. “Being part of a transformative project towards economic development of Rwanda! PM @narendramodi donates 200 cows under #Girinka - One Cow per Poor Family Programme at Rweru village. Girinka is an ambitious projects that provides both nutritional and financial security. PTI told the top court that the Selection Committee was scheduled to hold a meeting to constitute the Search Committee for recommending a panel of names for the appointment of the Lokpal and its members. In an affidavit filed in the apex court, the Centre had said two meetings of the Selection Committee were held on 1 March and 10 April this year. It had said ex-AG Mukul Rohatgi has been appointed as an eminent jurist in the Selection Committee after this post became vacant since the death of senior advocate P P Rao in September 2017. Referring to the provisions of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, the Centre had said that the Selection Committee would have to set up a Search Committee, comprising at least seven persons. Pak goes to polls today under troop scanner ISLAMABAD, 24 JULY Pakistanis will go to the polls tomorrow to elect a new prime minister in the second democratic transition of power in the nation's 70-year chequered history amid accusations of manipulation by the powerful army and concerns over the participation of Islamic hardliners in large numbers. Over 370,000 troops have been deployed across Pakistan for tomorrow's general election, the largest military deployment on a polling day in the nation's history, amid concerns over the powerful army's interference after it was granted magisterial powers. According to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), 3,459 candidates are contesting for 272 general seats of the National Assembly, while 8,396 candidates are running for 577 general seats of the four provincial assemblies - Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and KhyberPakhtunkhwa. There are 105.96 million registered voters in the country. The voting on more than 85,000 polling stations will start at 8.00 am and will continue till 6.00 pm. The counting of votes will be done on the spot soon after polling is concluded and results will be announced within 24 AGENCIES hours. SEE ALSO P7 AND P10
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