CMYK THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 22 NOVEMBER 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 20 |` 5.00|LC* KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P10 WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Maximum and minimum temperatures likely to be 31 and 19 degree celsius, respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY RENAULT RETAINS GHOSN EVEN AFTER ARREST SOUTH KOREA’S KIM NEW INTERPOL CHIEF DAD DEFENDS IVAN TRUMP OVER PERSONAL MAILS P10 P10 Decision follows soon after Mehbooba and Lone separately stake claim to form coalition govt ; NC, Cong back PDP; BJP backs Lone SRINAGAR, 21 NOVEMBER Min. 38% Max: 31.1°C (+1) SUN RISES 05:59 hrs MOON RISES 16.26 hrs Min: 20.1°C (+1) SUN SETS 16:52hrs MOON SETS 04:44 hrs TEMPERATURE Full moon today THUMBNAILS Mary Kom during a practice for her next match on AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in the Capital on Wednesday. SNS Punjab police cracks Amritsar attack case: Three days after grenade attack on a Nirankari sect congregation in Amritsar, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh on Wednesday said the state police has cracked the case with the arrest of one accused and the attack was part of Pakistan ISI’s plan to create disturbance in border states. Addressing a Press conference, the CM said ISI-backed Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) was behind the “terror attack” in Amritsar. Ruling out a communal angle, the CM said this is a clear case of terrorism. BCCI CEO Johri cleared: The sexual harassment allegations against BCCI CEO Rahul Johri were rejected as “mischievous and fabricated” by a three-member probe panel on Wednesday but the Committee of Administrators was divided on him resuming office with Diana Edulji reiterating her demand for his resignation. Johri was on forced leave for the past three weeks but can now resume office even though one member of the probe committee recommended “gender sensitivity counselling” for him. The 2-member CoA was divided on the issue. Chhattisgarh poll: Voter turnout of 76.35 per cent was recorded in the Chhattisgarh Assembly election which concluded on Tuesday, poll authorities said. It was a little less than the previous 2013 polls when 77.40 per cent of voters had exercised their franchise. The election to the 90-member Assembly was held in two phases -- November 12 and 20. The incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is in power for the last 15 years. “An average 76.35 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the twophased election,” CEO said at a press meet. Trainer aircraft crashes in Hyderabad, pilot injured: A trainer aircraft crashed in an agriculture field in Mokila area near Hyderabad on Wednesday resulting in minor injury to the trainee pilot, police said. The aircraft belonged to the city-based Rajiv Gandhi Aviation Academy, they said adding the accident occurred at around 11.30 am. “As per preliminary information, the aircraft crashed due to some technical problem... the trainee pilot is safe,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shamshabad Zone) N Prakash Reddy told PTI. The pilot has been hospitalised, he added. P11 Governor dissolves J&K Assembly SNS & PTI Max.92% NEW GENERATION READY TO RULE GLOBAL TENNIS n a sudden development, the Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik tonight dissolved the state Assembly, which has been in suspended animation, shortly after rival alliances staked claim to form the government. Governor's rule was clamped in J and K on June 19 for a 6-month period following the collapse of the PDP-BJP coalition government after the saffron party withdrew support. The state assembly was also kept in suspended animation so that political parties could explore the possibility of forming a new government. The decision by Governor Satyapal Malik to dissolve the state assembly under the relevant provisions in the state constitution was announced in an official communique. The state is now headed for another spell of central rule beyond December 18 when the governor's rule comes to an end. Earlier, former chief minister and PDP patron Mehbooba Mufti staked the claim to form a government with the support of the Congress and the National Conference. Shortly thereafter, People's Conference leader Sajad Lone also staked claim to form the government with the help of the 25-member BJP. I In a letter to the Governor, Mehbooba said the PDP is the largest party in the state assembly having a strength of 29 MLAs. “You might have gathered from the media reports that the Congress and the National Conference have also decided to extend support to our party to form a government in the state. The National Conference has a strength of 15 MLAs and the Congress 12. That takes our collective strength to 56. “Since I am presently in Srinagar, it would not be possible for me to call on you immediately and this is to keep you informed that we would be seeking your convenience shortly to stake the claim for forming the government in the state,” Mehbooba said in her letter. PTI adds from Delhi: The Election Commission will examine whether the model code of conduct can be imposed in Jammu and Kashmir even before fresh elections are announced there, a senior official said Wednesday after the governor dissolved the state assembly. The poll panel had recently decided that in states where assemblies are dissolved prematurely, the model code will come into force immediately. The poll code, which bars the caretaker government and the party in power from taking policy decisions, otherwise comes into force the day polls are announced by the EC. Telangana was the first state where the model code of conduct had come into effect before the assembly polls were announced. “Model code was imposed there (Telangana) as the elected government had dissolved the assembly. Here (Jammu and Kashmir), the case is different. Here the assembly could have been dissolved out of compulsion... There was no government ... We will examine in the coming days whether the model code can be imposed in Jammu and Kashmir, too,” the functionary explained,. In a sudden development, the Jammu and Kashmir governor tonight dissolved the state assembly, which has been in suspended animation, shortly after rival alliances staked claim to form the government. Governor's rule was clamped in Jammu and Kashmir on June 19 for a sixmonth period following ‘Corruption peaking in Modi govt’ PRESS TRUST OF INDIA INDORE, 21 NOVEMBER Former prime minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday said the credibility of institutions like Parliament and CBI has been systematically denigrated in the Narendra Modi-led regime, which he said is making a “careful, well-thought-out calibrated effort” to weaken democracy. Addressing a press conference ahead of the November 28 Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls, Singh said corruption was peaking in the Modi government. “The country has witnessed credibility of institutions like Parliament and CBI systematically denigrated. There is a careful, well-thought-out and calibrated effort to weaken democracy,” he said. “The rule of law is under attack. history shall never forgive our present gener- Manmohan Singh said the relationship between the RBI and Finance Ministry has hit a low. There is need for “harmony & coordination” ation if the situation is not changed,” he said. In a veiled reference to developments in RBI and CBI, Singh said the Modi government is trying to prevail over big institutions, adding this was detrimental to democracy and law of the land. “The relationship between the RBI and Finance Ministry has hit a low,” the former Union finance minister said, adding there is a need for “harmony and coordination”. “The RBI governor and finance minister have a delicate relationship. Both have to work together. Even though the job of running the country rests with the government, specific responsibility is given to the RBI governor by the RBI Act. There is a need to recognise inter dependence of the two entities and work in harmony,” he said. “I am happy with the efforts being made to bring reconciliation. Both need to work in harmony with each other,” he said. He termed demonetisation as “organised loot and legalised plunder”. “This is a done act and can't be reverted. It is up to the people to get rid of the government which brought them on this disastrous path,” he said. The note ban and the “flawed” Goods and Services Tax (GST) of the NDA government have caused a “great damage” to the unorganised sector, Singh said. The note ban failed to achieve its goal, he added. Asked about his 2014 comments that Modi as PM would be a disaster to the country, he said he did not want to comment on his earlier remarks. “I used harsh words which I should not have. Now people will make the decision,” he added. Singh accused Modi of misusing the Prime Minister's post. “It does not befit the PM to abuse political opponents,” he said, adding Modi was using “unparliamentary words” against the Opposition. The BJP rejected Manmohan Singh's charge against the government while the Prime Minister's Office(PMO) did not react. the collapse of the PDP-BJP coalition government after the saffron party withdrew support. The state assembly was also kept in suspended animation so that political parties could explore the possibility of forming a new government. Asked if he was in the running for the chief minister's post, PDP leader Altaf Bukhari said, “There is no such thing. The chief minister will be from among the leaders. This issue is not about chief ministership”. “This alliance is being formed to address the Kashmir issue, the situation in Kashmir and to protect the special identity of the state that we have in the Constitution of India. “As elected representatives, we have to respond to the aspirations of the people and the emerging situation. Article 370 and Article 35-A are under attack. This alliance is not being formed for being in power,” he added. To a query on when would the alliance be announced formally, he said, “It should be made very soon. Nothing has been planned for today in view of Eid Milad-un-Nabi celebrations”. Mine blast: An Army personnel was injured in a mine explosion along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district Wednesday, officials said. The soldier was patrolling the forward area Balakote-Mendhar sector. New alliance not acceptable: BJP STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, 21 NOVEMBER Reacting to the move of the Congress-NC-PDP to form an alliance to form a government in J&K, the BJP on Wednesday said that the alliance of convenience for their own political survival will not be acceptable to the people of the state. In a statement, state spokesman of BJP, Brigadier Anil Gupta, said that the single region unholy alliance supported by opportunistic Congress is likely to lead to the trifurcation of state and push the state into an inter-regional turmoil. In view of the prevailing political environment in the state, the need of a 3rd Front in J&K is necessary to safe guard the democracy. The so called main stream regional political parties of the state have failed to uphold the virtues of democracy in the state boycotting the biggest democratic exercise undertaken by the state after the lapse of a decade. Rather than encouraging the people to participate in the municipal and Panchayat elections to strengthen grass The unholy alliance supported by the Congress is likely to lead to the trifurcation of the state and push it into an inter-regional turmoil. Cong-NC-PDP have been rejected by the people. BRIGADIER ANIL GUPTA SPOKESMAN OF THE BJP IN J&K root level democracy in the state, those political parties tried all the tricks in their bag to scuttle the process to promote their agenda of dynastic and separatist politics. The successful conduct of these elections without any violence and large scale participation by the people has not only sent shock waves across the leadership of the parties but has also sent a strong message to them that the people of this state have firm faith in democracy. These parties have not only been rejected by the people, which was evident by large number of their cadre contesting the elections despite party diktat to the contrary, but have also lost much political space and their acceptance across the state. American national killed by tribespeople in Andamans PRESS TRUST OF INDIA PORT BLAIR/NEW DELHI, 21 NOVEMBER An American national was killed by members of a protected and reclusive tribe in the Andamans, possibly with arrows, when he tried to enter the North Sentinel Island, police said on Wednesday. John Allen Chau, 27 was killed by the Sentinelese Tribes on November 17, they said. “His body was most probably buried in the sands last week,” SP (Headquarters) and PRO of Andaman and Nicobar Police, Jatin Narwal, told PTI. “His death was caused by traditional weapons but we cannot specifically say whether he was killed by arrows or spears. The details will come out in course of detail investigation,” he said. When the US Embassy here was reached for a response, its spokesperson said, “We are aware of reports concerning a US citizen in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The welfare and safety of US citizens abroad is one of the highest priorities of the US Department of State.” “When a US citizen is missing, we work closely with local authorities as they carry out their search efforts. Due to privacy considerations, we have no further comment,” the spokesperson said in the email response.The Sentinelese people are among the tribes that survived the tsunami of 2004 without any help from the outside world. For the 2011 Census, enumerators could locate only 15 Sentinelese people - 12 men and three women. However, their numbers could be anything between 40 and 400, according to experts. P C Joshi, professor of Department of Anthropology at Delhi University, said the tribe has remained completely isolated from the outside world and despite efforts of the Anthropological Society of India which has tried to contact them indirectly by leaving bananas, coconuts for them, they have failed to make contact. “We have tried but the tribe has not shown any interest. They are aggressive and are known to attack outsiders with arrows and stones.’’ Trump under fire for backing Saudi prince on Khashoggi PRESS TRUST OF INDIA WASHINGTON, 21 NOVEMBER President Donald Trump has defended his decision not to hold Saudi rulers accountable in the brutal killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying maintaining strategic ties with Riyadh and keeping the global oil prices down were in the best interests of the US and the world, a stand criticised as a “betrayal of American values.” The murder of Khashoggi, a one-time insider-turned critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and a resident of the US, in the Saudi consulate in Turkey and dismembering of his body has spurred a wave of international anger against Saudi Arabia and its rulers. The US last week imposed sanctions on 17 individuals of Saudi Arabia for serious human rights abuse resulting from their roles in the killing of 59year-old Khashoggi at the kingdom's Consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Saudi Arabia has blamed Khashoggi's death on rogue agents but denied claims that the crown prince had knowledge of the operation. Trump essentially argued that although the murder of Khashoggi was “terrible” and could not be condoned, it did not merit the disruption of a strategic relationship he has elevated to extraordinary levels. “We're not going to give up hundreds of millions of dollars in orders and let Russia and China have them ... it's a very simple equation for me. I'm about make America great again,” Trump told reporters. “King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman vigorously deny any knowledge of the planning or execution of the murder of Khashoggi. “Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event maybe he did and maybe he didn't!” Trump earlier said in a statement that immediately drew sharp criticism from his political opponents and the media. Reacting to the president's comments, Republican Senator Bob Corker and Democrat Bob Menendez issued a statement on behalf of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The two called on Trump to focus a second investigation specifically on the crown prince so as to “determine whether a foreign person is responsible for an extrajudicial killing, torture or other gross violation” of human rights. The Washington Post, where Khashoggi was a contributor, said President Trump's latest statement on the dissident journalist was a “betrayal of American values.” “President Trump on Tuesday confirmed what his administration has been signalling all along: It will stand behind Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman even if he ordered the brutal murder and dismemberment of journalist Jamal Khashoggi,” the Editorial Board of the Post said in a stinging editorial. “Mr. Trump has betrayed CMYK American values in service to what already was a bad bet on the 33-year-old prince,” it said while terming his statement as “crude”. Responding to questions from reporters at the White House before leaving for Florida to spend his Thanksgiving holidays, Trump said his decision was all about America first. “We're not going to give up hundreds of billions of dollars in orders and let Russia, China and everybody else have them. It's all about -- for me -- very simple, it's America first,” he said. “Saudi Arabia, if we broke with them, I think your oil prices would go through the roof. I've kept them down. They've helped me keep them down. Right now, we have low oil prices, or relatively I'd like to see it go down even lower. Zarif mocks US president’s statement on Saudi prince AGENCIES TEHRAN, 21 NOVEMBER Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has issued a mocking response to President Donald Trump's announcement that he would stick by Saudi Arabia despite the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. “Mr Trump bizarrely devotes the FIRST paragraph of his shameful statement on Saudi atrocities to accuse IRAN of every sort of malfeasance he can think of,” Zarif wrote on Twitter late Tuesday. Trump's statement on Saudi Arabia did indeed open with a litany of complaints against Iran, which he used to justify his continued backing of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. “Perhaps we're also responsible for the California fires, because we didn't help rake the forests,” Zarif added. This was a reference to recent mockery of Trump for his claim that forest fires could be prevented with “more raking and cleaning and doing things”.
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