CMYK MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 03 SEPTEMBER 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 GUN & LITTLE RED BOOK KCR INDICATES EARLY ELECTIONS IN TELANGANA DEFENCE MINISTER VISITS LOC, REVIEWS SECURITY SITUATION P3 P4 P6 Generally cloudy sky. One or two spells of rain very likely. Temperature will be in the range of 32-26 degrees Celsius RAINFALL: 13.3 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.97% Min. 88% Max: 29.2°C (-3) SUN RISES 05:20 hrs MOON RISES 23.28 hrs Min: 26.0°C (-1) SUN SETS 17:52 hrs MOON SETS 12:06 hrs TEMPERATURE Action taken over Islamabad’s inaction against terror groups PTI & AGENCIES Fireworks explode over the Gelora Bung Karno main stadium during the closing ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, as Indonesia bid an emotional farewell to the 18th iteration of the continental event on Sunday. The torch now passes to Hangzhou in Zhejiang, China, which will host the 2022 Asian Games. For India, It was a memorable Games as it produced the country’s best ever performance in the event. From teenager Saurabh Chaudhary to 60-year-old Pranab Bardhan, an assortment of athletes combined to produce a top show even as the country endured shocking results in kabaddi and hockey. With 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze, India's medals tally stood at 69, a step up from Incheon four years ago when they won 65. India equalled their 15-gold tally of the 1951 inaugural Games but the country had never won 24 silver medals before. India finished eighth again overall. ‘Dead babies’ turn out to be damp squib After floods, rat fever hits Kerala STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, 2 SEPTEMBER KOLKATA, 2 SEPTEMBER Chhattisgarh shootout: Four Maoists, including a local commander and a woman cadre, were killed Sunday in an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh's Narayanpur district, police said. At least two of the four ultras were carrying a reward of Rs 5 lakh each on their heads. The gunfight took place at around 2:30 pm in the Gumiyabeda village forest when a team of the District Reserve Guard (DRG) was out on an anti-Maoist operation, police said. In an abrupt U-turn after announcing the sensational discovery of what was said to be the remains of 14 new born babies at an abandoned compound in Kolkata’s Haridevpur, police this evening clarified that the items discovered contained only “some dry ice and no human tissue”. The disclosure came after a detailed clinical examination by doctors at MR Bangur hospital, where the purported “dead babies” were sent for post mortem. Hospital sources quoted the doctors as saying that what they found in the plastic bundles was some “biomedical waste” but no human bodies. Mr Praveen Tripathy, Joint CP (Crime) said, “Doctors of MR Bangur hospital have examined the items and verbally opined that they did not find any human tissue of foetus inside. It may be some chem- ical or clinical waste.” DCP (South West Division) Mr Nilanjan Biswas too said, “No human tissue were found in the packets when opened by the doctors. Some dry ice is there. Examination is on to determine the exact nature of the material.” Earlier, it was Mr Biswas who told mediapersons at a press meet in the afternoon at Haridevpur police station that the bodies of 14 newborn babies wrapped in plastic were found in an empty compound (photo)by workers who were clearing the land. He said the bodies were mostly decomposed. But no foul smell was emanating and there is a possibility of chemicals having been used to kill the smell. The bodies had beeen sent to MR Bangur hospital for post mortem after which it would be clinically determined whether they were embryos or newborn babies, Mr Biswas had said. According to police, the discovery was made by workers who were clearing the land for a new construction that is coming up on the site. They informed the local councillor, who in turn informed the mayor and Haridevpur police. The discovery was considered so significant that city police commissioner Mr Rajiv Kumar visited the site along with mayor Sovan Chatterjee. After the devastating floods, the threat of leptospirosis (rat fever) is becoming a matter of concern in Kerala In the last three days 26 people have died in the state due to leptospirosis. Five people died of the disease in the state on Sunday ~ three deaths were reported from Kozhikode, one from Malappuram district and one from Perumbavoor in Ernakulam district. Though the impact of the flood was relatively low in Kozhikode, the maximum number of leptospirosis death are reported from the district. Four people died on Saturday in Kozhikode district due to leptospirosis. Since 20 August, the number of people who died due to leptospirosis have touched 35. So far, 105 people have died due to leptospirosis in the whole year in the state. The number of confirmed leptospirosis cases has been increasing in the state with the figures now touching 389 since 1 August. On Saturday alone, 92 people were undergone treatment with SNS signs of the disease. Easy to call a disciplinarian autocrat: Modi STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 2 SEPTEMBER Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday made a veiled attack on the Opposition, saying people who call for discipline were being branded as autocrats as he praised Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu for bringing "discipline" to the House. Speaking at the launch of a book on the Vice President, Modi also said the disruptions in the Rajya Sabha enabled Naidu to display his administrative expertise as the Chairman. “Naidu is a disciplinarian, but the situation in the country is such that it has become easy to call discipline undemocratic. If someone even tries to be a disciplinarian, he has to face the music. He is called an autocrat and they open the dictionary...” Modi said, after unveiling Moving On... Moving Forward: A Year In Office ~ a book marking the completion of Naidu's one year as the Vice President and the Rajya Sabha Chairman. “Naidu himself follows discipline which he preaches. Discipline is in his nature," said he United States military said it has made a final decision to cancel $300 million in aid to Pakistan that had been suspended over Islamabad’s perceived failure to take decisive action against militants, in a new blow to deteriorating ties. The so-called Coalition Support Funds were part of a broader suspension in aid to Pakistan announced by President Donald Trump at the start of the year, when he accused Pakistan of rewarding past assistance with “nothing but lies & deceit.” The Trump administration says Islamabad is granting safe haven to insurgents who are waging a 17-year-old war in neighbouring Afghanistan, a charge Pakistan denies. But US officials had held out the possibility that Pakistan could win back that support if it changed its behaviour. US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, in particular, had an opportunity to authorise $300 million in CSF funds through this summer ~ if he saw concrete Pakistani actions to go after insurgents. Mattis chose not to, US officials said. “Due to a lack of Pakistani decisive actions in support of the South Asia Strategy the remaining $300 (million) was reprogrammed,” Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Kone Faulkner said. Faulkner said the Pentagon aimed to spend the $300 million on “other urgent priorities” if approved by Congress. He said another $500 million T THUMBNAILS Maharashtra activists: A Pune court Sunday granted extension of the 90-day period for filing charge sheet against five persons arrested in June for alleged Maoist links. Police had arrested Sudhir Dhawale, Rona Wilson, Surendra Gadling, Shoma Sen and Mahesh Raut in June while probing the alleged Maoist connection to the Elgar Parishad conclave held in Pune on December 31 last year. Inflammatory speeches at the event led to violence at Koregaon Bhima near Pune next day, police had alleged. Pakistan said Sunday that the $300 million aid the Pentagon has decided to scrap was not military assistance as the US owed this money to Islamabad for its support in the war on terror and was supposed to reimburse it WASHINGTON, 2 SEPTEMBER Moon phase: Third quarter today England’s Moeen Ali makes an unsuccessful appeal for the wicket of India's captain Virat Kohli during the fourth day of the fourth Test cricket match between England and India at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, England, on Sunday. England beat India by 60 runs in the Test to take a series-clinching 3-1 lead. Chasing 245 for a win, India were all out for 184 in their second innings. Moeen Ali, with figures of 4-71, was the wrecker-in-chief. India had won the third Test in Nottingham after losing the first two match(P12) es in Birmingham and London. AFP P11 USA to cancel $300m military aid to Pakistan STUNNING FINISH WEATHER RONALDO YET TO HIT THE TARGET FOR JUVENTUS the Prime Minister praising the former BJP president's administrative expertise. “If a House functions properly, then nobody pays attention to who is presiding. But when it does not function as per the norms, everybody focuses on the Chairperson; what that person's qualities are and how that person maintains discipline in the House. "This year, people got the opportunity to witness how Naidu presides over the House. Had the House functioned properly this wouldn't have been possible," said Modi, in a reference to the opposition protests over various issues in Parliament. Naidu's tenure as the Rajya Sabha Chairman has witnessed continuous disrup- tions especially by the opposition over a host of issues including Rafale fighter jet deal and lynching incidents. Modi went on to praise Naidu for his “diligence” to carry out the work that has been assigned to him. “Whichever duty he had, he performed with utmost diligence and adapted into that role with ease. He always provides visionary leadership whenever he gets a responsibility. He gets the best experts to ensure justice is done to the work assigned," Modi said. The Prime Minister particularly referred to Naidu’s commitment to the cause of rural India and farming community, being himself a farmer. Highlighting numerous facets of Naidu’s personality, Modi recalled an anecdote that showed his passion for agriculture and rural India. “I was party general secretary then... Atalji (Atal Bihari Vajpayee) wanted to give a major portfolio to Venkaiahji but he went to the then Prime Minister and requested him to allot him the responsibility of Rural Development,” Modi said. The book release function saw former Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and H D Deve Gowda sharing the dais with Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Speaking on the occasion Vice President Venkaiah Naidu expressed concern over the shrinking agriculture sector. He particularly sought to draw Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s attention to this fact. “Finance Minister is here, he may not like what I am saying as he has to take care of everybody, but there has to be bias towards agriculture in coming days, otherwise people will leave agriculture as it's not remunerative,” Naidu pointed out. Naidu further said that he was also not happy with the functioning of Parliament. “I am little unhappy that Parliament is not functioning as it should. On all other counts, things are moving, World Bank, ADB, World Economic Forum, whatever ratings they are giving is heartening. All Indians should be proud of whatever is happening on the economic front,” Naidu said. CMYK in CSF was stripped by Congress from Pakistan earlier this year, to bring the total withheld to $800 million. The disclosure came ahead of an expected visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the top US military officer, General Joseph Dunford, to Islamabad. Mattis told reporters on Tuesday that combating militants would be a “primary part of the discussion.” Experts on the Afghan conflict, America’s longest war, argue that militant safe havens in Pakistan have allowed Taliban-linked insurgents in Afghanistan a place to plot deadly strikes and regroup after ground offensives. The Pentagon’s decision showed that the United States, which has sought to change Pakistani behaviour, is still increasing pressure on Pakistan’s security apparatus. It also underscored that Islamabad has yet to deliver the kind of change sought by Washington. “It is a calibrated, incremental ratcheting up of pressure on Pakistan,” said Sameer Lalwani, co-director of the South Asia program at the Stimson Center think tank in Washington. Reutersnews agency reported in August that the Trump administration has quietly started cutting scores of Pakistani officers from coveted training and educational programs that have been a hallmark of bilateral military relations for more than a decade. The Pentagon made similar determinations on CSF in the past but this year’s move could get more attention from Islamabad, and its new prime minister, Imran Khan, at a time when its economy is struggling. A Pakistani official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said he was unaware of a formal notification of the US decision on assistance but said one was expected by the end of September. Pakistan has received more than $33 billion in US assistance since 2002, including more than $14 billion in CSF, a US Defense Department programme to reimburse allies that have incurred costs in supporting counter-insurgency operations. Pakistan could again be eligible next year for CSF. Another report on P10
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