FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 27 JULY 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |`5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P4 SENSEX 36,984.64 +126.41 NATION PAYS HOMAGE TO KARGIL MARTYRS A FRESH SWARM OF LOCUSTS? NITISH RECOMMENDS CBI PROBE INTO SHELTER HOME CASE P9 NIFTY 11,167.30 +35.30 ` vs $ 68.66 +13 PAISE IWF ADMITS MISTAKE IN SANJITA CHANU DOPE CASE P15 P10 GOLD 28,795.00 -85.00 SILVER 38,450.00 -100.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 74.21 +0.28 India watches with anxiety Pak developments RAINFALL: 14.8 MM RELATIVE HUMIDITY Pakistan ready to improve ties with India: Imran ‘Kashmir core issue between two countries and it should be resolved through talks’ ASHOK TUTEJA Max. 98% AGENCIES WEATHER Generally cloudy sky with moderate rain likely to occur. One or two spells would be heavy. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 29 and 24 degrees Celsius respectively. TEMPERATURE Max: 28.7°C (-6) SUN RISES 05:41 hrs MOON RISES 19:00 hrs Min. 81% ISLAMABAD, 26 JULY Min: 26°C (-1) SUN SETS 19:16 hrs MOON SETS 05:52 hrs P THUMBNAILS Lawns of the Taj Mahal are flooded after IANS heavy rains in Agra on Thursday 2 Indians among Magsaysay award winners: Two Indians ~ one a psychiatrist who works for the mentally-ill street persons and another whose initiative to harness science and culture creatively for economic progress improved the lives of the Ladakhi youth ~ were on Thursday declared winners of this year's Ramon Magsaysay Award. Bharat Vatwani and Sonam Wangchuk are among six individuals who were declared P4 winners of the award. Deadline for ITR filing extended by a month: The Finance Ministry announced extension of the due date for filing I-T returns to 31 August from 31 July earlier. From this year, late ITR filing could attract a penalty of up to Rs 10,000. A penalty of Rs 5,000 will be levied if the return is filed after the due date but before 31 December. The penalty will be Rs 10,000 after 31 Dec. However, if the taxpayer’s income is less than Rs 5 lakh, the maximum penalty levied is capped at Rs 1,000. Vodafone-Idea merger: The government on I Thursday gave final approval to the merger of Vodafone and Idea Cellular which creates India's largest mobile operator with about 35 per cent market share and nearly 430 million subscribers, an official source said. The new telecom behemoth -- Vodafone Idea Limited -will dislodge Bharti Airtel, the current market leader with 344 million customers from its pole position. The two entities will apprise P11 Registrar of Co.s of the approvals. Hindalco arm Novelis to acquire Aleris for $2.58 bn: Hindalco on Thursday said it will acquire US based aluminium producer Aleris Corporation for USD 2.58 billion through its subsidiary Novelis. Kumar Mangalam Birla, chairman, Aditya Birla Group, said, “Acquiring Aleris, in a debt-funded deal, will help diversify the product mix for Novelis by giving access to the aerospace segment.” The deal will lead to the creation of second largest aluminium company in the world with USD 21 billion revP11 enue, and 40,000 employees, he said. akistan is ready to improve its ties with India and his government would like the leaders of the two sides to resolve all disputes, including the “core issue” of Kashmir, through talks, Pakistan Tehreeke-Insaf chief Imran Khan said today, asserting that the blame game between the two neighbours, detrimental to the sub-continent, should stop. “If they take one step towards us, we will take two, but at least (we) need a start,” 65-year-old Khan said today in his first public address after leading his party to victory in the general elections held yesterday. His party emerged as the single largest party in the National Assembly elections, amid rival political parties' claim of “blatant” rigging in the counting. Former Pakistan prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, his party president Shehbaz Sharif and Supporters of Imran Khan, head of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice) party, celebrate their victory in the general election. In Lahore on Thursday. AFP chief of the right-wing Jamat-i-Islami Sirajul Haq were among the stalwarts who suffered shocking defeat in the general elections, Pakistani media reported today. Khan, who is set to be the next prime minister of Pakistan, said Kashmir is the “core” issue between the two countries and it should be resolved through talks. “I am a person who arguably knows the most people in India because of my days in cricket. We can resolve the poverty crisis in South East Asia. The biggest problem is Kashmir,” he said, suggesting that the two sides should come to the table to resolve it. “We want to improve our relations with India, if their leadership also wants it. This blame game that whatever goes wrong in Pakistan's Balochistan is because of India and vice versa brings us back to square one,” he said. “This is not how we will grow, and it is detrimental to the sub-continent,” he added. He said good Hunger deaths in Capital spark political slugfest STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 26 JULY In the wake of deaths of three sisters, all minor children, in the national capital reportedly due to starvation and acute malnourishment, a blame game today erupted between Delhi's leading political players ~ the BJP which rules the Centre, the , AAP which is at the helm of the Delhi , government, and the Opposition Congress ~ even as the Centre ordered an inquiry into the matter a day after the Delhi government ordered a magisterial probe into the shocking case that convulsed the national conscience. The heart-wrenching incident was highlighted in both Houses of Parliament today, with members expressing their concern and anguish while also locking horns with each other over it. Outside Parliament too, the tragic case reportedly made waves on various fronts. Taking suo motu cognisance of reports of deaths of the three sisters ~ aged two, four and eight years ~ due to hunger in east Delhi's Mandawali area, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issued notices to the Delhi government and the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD), seeking their reports on the matter in four weeks. The NHRC referred to the point that the right to food is an integral part of the right to life enshrined in Article 21 of the Constitution and that these starvation deaths occurred despite the existence of the National Food Security Act, 2013 ~ which guarantees food security for the poor ~ and the Antodhya Anna Yojana, a central government-sponsored scheme meant to provide highly-subsidised food to the poorest families. The minor siblings were brought to the state government-run LBS Hospital in east Delhi by their mother Beena and an associate on 24 July afternoon, where they were declared brought dead. "The post-mortem was conducted on Tuesday evening itself, and it was over by 6:30 pm. On Wednesday, they wanted a review, so chemical toxicology was also suggested. And, therefore, a medical board was set up and a second autopsy was conducted at the GTB Hospital,” Medical Superintendent of LBS Hospital, Dr Amita Saxena said. Asked what the experts found after the first post-mortem, Dr Saxena said, “There were no injury marks. It looked like a typical case of malnutrition, with dishevelled monkey-like and no trace of fat on the bodies...The stomach, bladder and rectum were found completely empty.” TURN TO PAGE 2 Assembly for renaming West Bengal as Bangla STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 26 JULY The West Bengal Assembly today passed a resolution to change the state's name from West Bengal to ‘Bangla’ in all languages. The resolution would now be sent to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs for its nod. This will help the state to climb the alphabetic sequence of states in which West Bengal appears last in the list. The ruling Trinamul Congress government placed a proposal in the Assembly to change the name of West Bengal to “Bangla”. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said: “We had sent a proposal earlier to change the state's name in three languages but after sitting on it for two years, the Union government has sent a com- munication recently advising us to chose one name instead of three. We do not want any controversy on this issue and therefore we have decided to finally choose the name ‘Bangla’. So let the resolution be passed unanimously.” According to her, many states have changed their names including Gujarat and Odisha. “The name ‘Bangla’ goes with the state's culture. Our language is the fifth largest in the world and second largest in Asia,” she said. On 29 August 2016, the Assembly passed a resolution to change the name of the state to “Bengal” in English, “Bangla” in Bengali and “Bangal” in Hindi. With the Centre disapproving it, the state Cabinet passed a resolution to change the name of the state to “Bangla” in all languages on 8 September 2017. In 2011, the state government had decided to rename the state as ‘Paschim Bango’ but it failed to get the Centre’s approval. The main reason for changing the state’s name was that whenever there was a meeting of all the states, West Bengal figured at the bottom of the list which is prepared in alphabetical order, parliamentary affairs minister Partha Chatterjee had told the Assembly in 2016. A change in name would ensure that the state came fourth after Arunachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Assam. CPI-M MLA Pradip Kumar Saha said that the two-year waiting period could have been avoided had the state government listened to their objections as Leader of Left Front Legislative Party, Sujan Chakraborty had cautioned in 2016 that the Centre would not accept the names in three different languages. On 20 July 1999, the Left Front had passed a resolution changing the name of the state to ‘Paschim Banga’, he said. IT minister Bratya Basu said that the name of the state should be changed in order to keep our language alive. The state's capital and also the national capital till 1911 ~ Calcutta ~ was changed to Kolkata in January 2001 by the then Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee-led Left Front government. India-Pakistan relations will be beneficial for the entire region and suggested to increase trade ties between the two neighbours. The India-Pakistan ties nose-dived in recent years with no bilateral talks taking place. The ties between the two countries had strained after the terror attacks by Pakistanbased groups in 2016 and India's surgical strikes inside Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The sentencing of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav to death by a military court in April last year further deteriorated bilateral ties. Khan also said that he was very disappointed with the Indian media which had projected him like a “Bollywood villain” in recent weeks. On ties with the US, he said Pakistan wants a balanced relations with America which should be mutually beneficial, not one sided. Additionally, Khan said he and his party wanted stronger ties with both Iran and Saudi Arabia. “We will strengthen our relations with China. They have provided us an opportunity by investing in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor,” he said. Pakistan can learn from China, which has effectively tackled corruption and also improved people's lives, he said. On Afghanistan, Khan said the Afghan people have suffered most in the “war on terror”, and before that in the Afghan jihad. “Peace in Afghanistan means peace in Pakistan,” he said. SEE ALSO PAGES 13 & 16 NEW DELHI, 26 JULY India is watching anxiously the turn of events in Pakistan where Imran Khan appears set to become the Prime Minister as the neighbouring country witnesses the transition of power from one civilian government to another only for the third time in its history. There is a sense of skepticism in official circles in New Delhi given the generally hostile position Imran has taken towards India. While there was no official reaction, Union Minister R K Singh (photo) said he did not expect any change in Pakistan's policy of exporting terrorism to India under the new regime. Many here believe that this was an election rigged by the Pakistan Army to pave the way for Imran to become the PM since the 65-year-old maverick politician is considered a ‘blue eyed boy’ of the military establishment. The Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI) chief’s election campaign was often marked by jingoistic slogans against India even as he clearly avoided giving a clear view on how he would deal with growing extremism and radicalisa- tion in the country. On Jammu and Kashmir, Imran repeatedly talked about what the ‘atrocities’ by the Indian establishment and sought resolution of the issue in accordance with UN conventions while ignoring the 1999 ‘Lahore Declaration’ and the 2004 ‘Islamabad Declaration’ for bilaterally settling all issues. Experts in New Delhi believe that the Pakistan Army had for the last few years been vigorously working behind the scenes to ensure Imran’s victory to see a puppet civilian representative. Visibly in high spirits over the address of Imran Khan in context with Kashmir after winning the election in Pakistan the Peoples Democratic Party tried to connect itself with Imran by claiming it was “encouraging that his address on ties with India revolved around the roadmap of the PDP”.
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