www.thestatesman.com MONDAY FIND US ONLINE 27 AUGUST 2018 Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P6 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky; one or two spells of rain very likely. Temperature will be in the range of 35-28 degrees Celsius RAINFALL: 4.0 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.95% P2 ‘Institutions being torn apart under BJP’ Min. 64% PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Min: 27.1°C () SUN SETS 17:59 hrs MOON SETS 05:46 hrs Moon phase: 3rd quarter on 3 Sept 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. 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 on Sunday, including two contributed by the equestrian team, with Fouaad Mirza lifting an individual eventing silver and leading India to a second place finish in the team event nAFP 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 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 Al-Badr 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 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. LONDON, 26 AUGUST C 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 religion. 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 “some- one 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 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 John McCain, US war hero & political maverick, dead AGENCE FRANCE- PRESSE WASHINGTON, 26 AUGUST John McCain, a war hero and 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 the White 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, wrote in a memoir published in May. "I've known great passions, seen amazing wonders, fought in a war and 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 and his family during his final 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, thank you for your service." In Washington, flags on Capitol Hill and the White 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 Arizona 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 Donald Trump to attend his funeral, US media reported. Mr Trump, who once mo cked McCain's war record, said he sent his "deepest sympathies and respect." All living former US pre sidents, i n c l u d i n g •B a r a c k 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 sympathizing with autocrats. He cast a decisive vote last year that killed Republican attempts to repeal Barack Obama's health care reforms, something Trump never forgave. Discourse on simultaneous polls good for democracy 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 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 trib- ute 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 concerning 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 two-third. Expressing solidarity with Kerala, the PM 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." ‘INDIA WOULD HAVE DONE BETTER IF PAES WERE THERE’ P4 Rahul Gandhi, on UK tour, keeps up attack on government TEMPERATURE Max: 34.2°C (+2) SUN RISES 05:18 hrs MOON RISES 18.42 hrs STALIN SET TO BECOME DMK PRESIDENT OPPOSITION ALLIANCE CAN DEFEAT BJP IN 2019 ANTI-SEMITISM IN BRITAIN 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. P12 Dabholkar and Lankesh killings linked: CBI to court INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE PUNE, 26 AUGUST The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Sunday said it has established links between the murders of Pune-based rationalist Narendra Dabholkar and Bengaluru-based 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), jour- nalist-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.
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