www.thestatesman.com MONDAY FIND US ONLINE 27 AUGUST 2018 Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |`5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR OPPN ALLIANCE CAN DEFEAT BJP IN 2019 ANTI-SEMITISM IN BRITAIN STALIN SET TO BECOME DMK PRESIDENT P6 P8 P10 P16 ‘Institutions being torn apart under BJP’ SILVER LINING WEATHER ‘INDIA WOULD HAVE DONE BETTER IF PAES WERE THERE’ Generally cloudy sky with possibility of light rain/thundershowers. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 34 and 27 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 80% Min. 61% Rahul Gandhi, on UK tour, keeps up attack on government Max: 34.4°C (+1) SUN RISES 05:57 hrs MOON RISES 19:33 hrs Min: 27.2°C (+1) SUN SETS 18:48 hrs MOON SETS 07:20 hrs PRESS TRUST OF INDIA TEMPERATURE C THUMBNAILS Hima Das celebrates winning the silver medal after the final of the women's 400m athletics event during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on Sunday. Hima Das shattered the 400m national record for a second time in two days for a silver, while Dutee Chand grabbed the second place in the 100m dash. Muhammed Anas clinched a silver in men's 400m as well. India won five silvers in total on Sunday, including two contributed by the equestrian team, with Fouaad Mirza lifting an individual eventing silver and leading the India to a second place finish in the team event, though there was no gold in the tally. (P15) The country is at the ninth spot in the overall standings. AFP Dabholkar and Lankesh killings linked: CBI to court Unified Korea's gold medallists pose for photographers during the awards ceremony for the women's canoe traditional 500m boat race at the 2018 Asian Games in Palembang on August 26, 2018. This is the first gold medal won by a combined Koreas team at a major AFP multi-sport event. Iran minister impeached: Iran's parliament impeached Economy Minister Masoud Karbasian on Sunday in the latest blow to embattled President Hassan Rouhani as he struggles to face down a mounting economic crisis. Karbasian is the second cabinet minister to be sacked this month, following the impeachment of Labour Minister Ali Rabiei on August 8. Critics say the government squandered the opportunities presented by the 2015 nuclear deal and have failed to tackle high rates of P13 inflation and joblessness. New terrorist recruits caught: Security forces on Sunday arrested four newly recruited Kashmiri militants while they were being taken to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir through the Line of Control by terrorists of the AlBadr outfit for arms training. Army spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said the new recruits were arrested when three Al-Badr terrorists were attempting to exflitrate across the LoC in the upper reaches of P7 Kalroos in Kupwara district. Saradha case: With four IPS officers, including the Kolkata Commissioner of Police (CP) and the Additional Commisioner of Police, continuing to ignore the CBI summons, the central agency is learnt to have issued summons to six more Kolkata police officers for interrogation in connection with the Saradha scam. An informed source said that the six officers of Kolkata police who has been issued summons through an email seeking to record their statements include the then DC DD of the Bidhannagar Commissionerate, Arnab Ghosh besides Dilip Hazra, Shankar Bhattacharya, Debnath Banerjee, Prabhakar Nath and Pinaki Ray. INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE PUNE, 26 AUGUST In a significant development, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Sunday said it has established links between the murders of Pune-based rationalist Narendra Dabholkar and Bengalurubased journalist Gauri Lankesh. The CBI said it had established the crucial connection before the Shivajinagar Magistrate's Court in Pune to extend the police custody of one of the prime suspects, Sachin Andhure. Accordingly, the custody of Andhure - arrested from Aurangabad last week - has been extended till August 30. Medico and rationalist Dabholkar (67), who fought against superstitious beliefs through his Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS), was gunned down near his residence on the morning of June 20, 2013. Two unidentified motorcycle borne assailants fired several rounds at him near the Omkareshwar temple in Pune. Almost four years later, Gauri Lankesh (55), journalist-cum-activist, was shot dead outside her residence in Bengalaru on September 5, 2017. She also served as the editor of 'Lankesh Patrike', a Kannada weekly launched by her father P Lankesh, and . also ran her own weekly called 'Gauri Lankesh Patrike.' Though the two highprofile murders were committed four years apart, in both these cases, the long suspected alleged role of certain right-wing activists, including those associated with Sanatan Sanstha and others, has now emerged. In its remand plea, the CBI has not yet named any organisation/s which could be involved in these cases. The remand application adds that during interrogation, Andhure revealed that one of those arrested for the Gauri Lankesh murder had handed over to him a 7.65-mm country made pistol and three bullets. Later, Andhure - arrested by the CBI last week claimed he passed it on to his brother-in-law Subham Surale in Aurangabad, on August 11, 2018. Surale in turn passed the weapon to his friend Rohit Rege in the same city, though the motives are not clear. Andhure's name was revealed by Sharad Kalaskar, a resident of Nala Sopara, Palghar, arrested by the Maharashtra ATS after a major arms haul there on August 10. It was Andhure and Kalaskar himself who went on a motorcycle and shot Dabholkar that day, he (Kalaskar) revealed. Now, armed with the fresh information, the CBI plans to seek Kalaskar's custody, after his remand with Maharashtra-ATS ends later this week. The CBI will also apply for the remand of one of the accused arrested by the SIT of Karnataka police in the Lankesh killing besides making efforts to trace the missing motorcycle used in the Dabholkar murder in Pune. "Some of the accused in the Gauri Lankesh case are connected with Sachin Andhure and Narendra Dabholkar's murder," the CBI’s remand application said, seeking the extension of Andhure's custody. ongress president Rahul Gandhi today alleged that the judiciary, the election commission and the RBI are being“torn apart” under the BJP government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has insulted every Indian by saying no development had happened before 2014. Addressing members of the Indian Overseas Congress here, he said the prime minister insulted every Indian by saying that no development activity happened in the last 70 years. “India shows the future to the world. The people of India made this possible, and the Congress helped them. If the prime minister says nothing had happened before he assumed office, he is not commenting on the Congress, he is insulting every person of the country,” Gandhi said. He said that at present, Dalits, farmers, tribal people, minorities and the poor in India are told that they will not get anything, and“if they raise their voice, they are beaten up”. Gandhi claimed that the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act has been “destroyed and scholarships have been discontinued”. “Today in India, people are discriminated against on the basis of caste and reli- Sikh body head attacked by pro-Khalistanis NEW YORK, 26 AUGUST The president of a Delhibased Sikh body has been attacked outside a gurudwara allegedly by a group of pro-Khalistan supporters in the US state of California, the second attack on him in a week. Manjit Singh GK, president of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, was in Yuba City to hold discussions among the Sikh community about the 550th birthday anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak. Singh said he was pushed and kicked by some 30-35 people supporting the 'Khalistan 2020 referendum' at the main gurudPTI wara there. Discussion on simultaneous polls good for democracy: Modi INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 26 AUGUST Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that discussions on simultaneous polls to the Lok Sabha and state Assemblies are a "healthy sign" for democracy. Addressing the 47th edition of his monthly radio programme "Mann Ki Baat", the Prime Minister expressed solidarity with Kerala, where over 400 people have died in devastating floods. Modi also assured the Muslim women the country's support on the issue of social justice. "Presently efforts are afoot and discussions are being held about simultaneously holding elections to the Lok Sabha and state Assemblies. The government and the opposition - both are putting forth their view Amarinder backs Rahul LONDON, 26 AUGUST points. This is a healthy sign for our democracy," he said. Describing Vajpayee as a "true patriot", he said the late Prime Minister brought fundamental reforms in the electoral process. "I must say that developing healthy traditions for a sound democracy, making constant efforts to strengthen democracy, encouraging open-minded debates would also be an appropriate tribute to Atalji." Modi's remarks on simultaneous polls comes almost a month after the Law Commission held discussions with most political parties opposing the proposal saying that it was against the Constitution and would dilute regional interests. The BJP's stand is "One Nation, One Election". Crediting Vajpayee with bringing good governance to the mainstream and for injecting positive political culture in India, Prime Minister Modi recalled how he changed the time of budget presentation from 5 p.m. to 11 a.m and framed the rules that made it possible to unfurl the tricolour in public places. "Atalji took bold steps to bring about fundamental reforms, whether in our election process or about the shortcomings con- cerning the people's representatives." He hailed Vajpayee for bringing the 91st Amendment Act, 2003 which restricted the size of the cabinet in states to 15 per cent of the total seats in the Assembly and also increased the limit under the anti-defection law from one-third to twothird. Expressing solidarity with Kerala, the Prime Minister said people from all walks of life had come in support of those whose lives were devastated in the massive floods. "In today's pressing, hard times, the entire nation is with Kerala. Our sympathies are with the families who lost their loved ones. Loss of lives cannot be compensated, but I assure the grief-stricken families that in this moment of suffering and misery, 125 crore Indians stand by them." He said the sheer grit and courage of Keralites would see the state rise again. On the triple talaq bill passed by the Lok Sabha, he said: "Although it could not be passed in the Rajya Sabha, I assure the Muslim women that the whole country stands by them to provide them social justice." Modi expressed his gratitude to MPs for the productive Monsoon session of Parliament. He congratulated Indian players on their success at the ongoing Asian Games and said they have won medals even in those sports in which the country's performance was not "so good earlier". "This too is a very positive indication that most medal winners hail from small towns and villages and these players have achieved their success by putting in sheer hard work." CHANDIGARH, 26 AUGUST gion. Marginalised are betrayed, while people like Anil Ambani benefit,” he alleged. Attacking the BJP-led government on the multibillion Rafale deal, Gandhi said that the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited had been manufacturing aircraft for the last 50 years, but the contract was given to “someone who floated his company just 19 days before the deal”. “Nobody will get anything. Only Ambani will get everything.This man has accrued a debt of Rs 45,000 crore,” Gandhi alleged. Gandhi and the Congress party have been attacking the BJP government for allegedly inking the deal at a much higher price than the one the previous UPA regime had negotiated to benefit Anil Ambani. Facing allegations of getting undue benefits from the multi-billion dollar Rafale deal, Ambani-led Reliance Group has sent legal notices to several Congress leaders asking them to “cease and desist” from levelling such charges. Reliance Group has denied the allegations relating to the deal Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today hit out at the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) for attacking Congress president Rahul Gandhi on the issue of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, saying the Congress, as a party, was never involved in the carnage. He also asserted that 'whosoever was involved' in the senseless killings in 1984 should be “hanged”. The SAD had yesterday hit out at Rahul Gandhi over his remarks on the 1984 riots, saying by disagreeing with the view that his party was involved in the “genocide”, he had “rubbed salt into the wounds” of the Sikh community. Earlier, describing the 1984 riots as a“very painful tragedy”, Gandhi, who was on a two-day visit to the UK, had said, “It was a tragedy, it was a painful experience. You say that the Congress party was involved in that, I don't agree with that. Certainly there was violence, certainly there was tragedy.” PTI (DETAILS ON P10) under which France's Dassault is supplying the fighter jets and has entered into a joint venture with an Ambani-led group's firm to meet its offset requirement of the contract. Ambani recently wrote to Gandhi on the deal saying his party has been “misinformed, misdirected and misled” by “malicious vested interests and corporate rivals” on the issue. Gandhi said: “When the farmers of Karnataka and Telangana ask for loan waiver, PM Modi says this is not our policy. India's handful of richest businessmen have NPAs (Non Performing Assets) of Rs 12.5 lakh crore, but the prime minister says nothing”. He alleged that the PM kept quiet“when his own party's MLA raped a woman and when Nirav Modi ran away with people's money”. “Institutions such as the Supreme Court, the Election Commission of India and the Reserve Bank of India, which are the walls of our country, are being torn apart now,” Gandhi alleged. It was the first time that four senior-most judges of the apex court come out in public earlier this year to say they were not being allowed to work, he said. “I do not use bad language for the prime minister. And if you have listened to the debate on the Rafale deal in Parliament, you would have seen that the PM could not answer my questions.” John McCain, US war hero & political maverick, dead Church sexual abuses: Pope faces cover-up accusation AGENCE-FRANCE PRESSE WASHINGTON, 26 AUGUST Pope Francis in Ireland Sunday "begged for God's forgiveness" for the child sexual abuse scandal rocking the church but faced accusations by a formerVatican official that he had personally ignored allegations against senior clergy. Francis is due to speak in front of some 500,000 faithful in Dublin's Phoenix Park as part of his two-day visit to the former Catholic stronghold of Ireland, as abuse victims and their supporters gathered in a "Stand forTruth" rally in the city centre to demand justice. During Sunday's address to 45,000 supporters at the rain-soaked Knock shrine in the west of the country, the pope "begged for God's forgiveness" for the "open wound" of the scandal and demanded "firm and decisive" measures to find "truth and justice". The scandal has dogged the visit, and intensified overnight when a former Vatican envoy to the US accused Francis of personally ignoring sexual abuse claims against prominent US cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was forced to resign last month. Archbishop Carlo MariaVigano wrote in a letter published in the National Catholic Register that he had told Francis of the allegations in 2013, but that he had responded by lifting sanctions imposed on McCarrick by predecessor Pope Benedict. "He (Pope Francis) knew from at least June 23, 2013 that McCarrick was a serial predator," wrote Vigano, "he knew that he was a corrupt man, he covered for him to the bitter end." AFP (DETAILS ON P12) JohnMcCain,awarheroand towering figure in US politics known for reaching across the aisle in an increasingly divided nation, died on Saturday following a battle with brain cancer. He was 81. The senator's passing marked the end of a 35-year political career that brought the independent-minded Republican within reach of theWhite House as his party's presidential nominee.“It's been quite a ride,” McCain, who was tortured during five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, wroteinamemoirpublished in May. "I've known great passions, seen amazing wonders,foughtinawarand helped make peace. I made a small place for myself in the story of America and the history of my times." McCain, who was being treated at his ranch near Sedona, Arizona, was surrounded by his wife Cindy andhisfamilyduringhisfinal hours. "He was a great fire who burned bright, and we lived in his light and warmth," said Meghan McCain, one of the late senator's seven children ~three of them from a previous marriage. Near the driveway to his ranch a sign read "Sen McCain,thankyouforyourservice." In Washington, flags onCapitolHillandtheWhite House were lowered to half mast in his honour. McCain's body will lie in state in the Capitol rotunda ahead of a funeral ceremony at the National Cathedral, the New York Times reported. He will then lie in state in the Ari- zona state capitol and be buried at Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Dates for the events have not yet been announced. McCain had made it known that he did not want President DonaldTrump to attend his funeral, US media reported. Mr Trump, who once mocked McCain's war record, said he sent his "deepest sympathies and respect." All living former US presidents, including Barack Obama,GeorgeW Bush, Bill Clinton and George WH Bush, lined up to praise McCain's deep integrity. A rare Republican critic of Trump, McCain accused the president of "naivete," "egotism" and of sympathizingwithautocrats. He cast a decisive vote last year that killed Republican attempts to repeal Barack Obama's health care reforms, something Trump never forgave. McCainspentmorethan three decades in the Senate, looming large in debates over war and peace and the moraldirectionofthenation. EarlierheservedasaUSrepresentative, 1983-1987. McCain had been away from the Senate floor since December,remainingathis ranch for treatment of glioblastoma ~ the same formofbraincancerthattook thelifeofanotherSenategiant, Democrat Ted Kennedy, in SEE ALSO P 12 2009. KNOCK, 26 AUGUST
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