CMYK FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 23 NOVEMBER 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 P12 SENSEX 34,981.02 -218.78 WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Maximum and minimum temperature will be around 30 and 18 degree celsius, respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY P10 NIFTY 10,526.75 -73.30 Min. 36% Max: 29.6°C (0) SUN RISES 05:55 hrs MOON RISES 17.11 hrs Min: 18.2°C (0) SUN SETS 16:51 hrs MOON SETS 05:40 hrs P9 ` vs $ 70.69 +77 PAISE GOLD 29,795.00 -30.00 THUMBNAILS Mary Kom after winning the match against Kim Hyang Mi of N Korea during their 45-48 kg category semi-final fight at the Women's World Boxing Championships in Delhi on 22 Nov. AFP Mary Kom in final: M C Mary Kom remained on course for an unprecedented sixth gold medal by reaching the 48kg final but Lovlina Borgohain had to settle for a bronze after losing her semifinal bout in 69kg in the Women's World Boxing Championship here on Thursday. Mary Kom, a five-time world champion, beat her North Korean opponent Mi Hyang Kim in a unanimous 5-0 decision in the semifinals. In the summit clash on Saturday, Mary Kom will take on Ukraine's Hanna Okhota. Mallya’s plea dismissed: Bombay High Court on Thursday dismissed a plea filed by beleaguered businessman Vijay Mallya seeking a stay on a request made by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to declare him a fugitive economic offender and confiscate his properties. The ED had filed an application before a special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court seeking the 'fugitive' tag for Mallya under the Fugitive Economic Offenders' Act, 2018. SRINAGAR/JAMMU, 22 NOV bitter war of words broke out on Thursday over the abrupt dissolution of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly with the Governor being slammed by the PDP, NC and Congress for citing their ideological differences in stalling their bid to form a government and a furious Omar Abdullah daring BJP leader Ram Madhav to prove his charge the NC joined hands with arch rival PDP at the behest of Pakistan. Satya Pal Malik on his part stuck to his claim that “extensive horse-trading” was going on in the state and dismissed allegations he was acting at the behest of the Centre, as he held a rare press conference for a Governor over the issue of dissolution to defend his decision. Malik also maintained he was well within his right under the J and K Constitution to dissolve the Assembly. As the political drama continued and triggered speculation whether Assembly polls will be held along with the Lok Sabha polls, Madhav, who is BJP's point person for the state, withdrew his words relating to Pakistan after exchanges with Abdullah on Twitter. Abdullah also demanded an apology from Madhav. At a news conference in Srinagar, Abdullah questioned Malik's rejection of A Delhi High Court raps Centre on National Herald: What is the justification to re-enter the premises now when publication of National Herald has commenced, Delhi High Court asked the Central government on Thursday. Justice Sunil Gaur, who reserved his verdict in the matter, asked the Urban Development Ministry, “They are now running the newspaper. So where is the justification now to reenter premises? Where is the occasion now to re-enter the premises?” Food adulterers in Maharashtra to face life sentence: The Maharashtra government on Thursday said it would make food adulteration a non-bailable and cognisable offence in the state punishable with life imprisonment. While the state Assembly passed the bill making necessary amendments for this, it was yet to be cleared by the Legislative Council. Food and Civil Supplies Minister Girish Bapat informed the Legislative Council earlier in the day the government would amend the law to provide for life imprisonment to offenders. the move for a PDP-NCCongress government on grounds of “opposing political ideologies” and asked why the same principle was not applied when the PDP joined hands BJP in 2015. “That time, it was dubbed as the coming together of the north pole and the south pole... Today, you are telling other parties that you cannot come together even though the difference on some important issues between PDP the , NC and the Congress are small compared to the BJP and the PDP,” the National Conference(NC) leader said. Abdullah also said his party and the PDP will fight the next Assembly polls separately. Former Lok Sabha secretary general and constitutional expert P D T Acharya said it is for the first time that an Assembly has been dissolved after the Governor concluded it was impossible to form a sta- ble government by parties with “opposing political ideologies”, dubbing it “not credible”. Abdullah asked the governor to make public reports about the use of money and horse trading in government formation as was mentioned by him in a press communique on Wednesday night. Malik cited “opposing political ideologies” and “extensive horse-trading” as among the four main reasons for the dissolution. People have a right to know who was buying MLAs and who was funding it, he told reporters. In Jammu, the governor was addressing the press at the Raj Bhavan around the same time when Abdullah was having a media interaction in Srinagar and training his guns at Malik. “I have taken this decision as per the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir. There is a mechanism that I do not have to look towards New Delhi or move to Par- liament or seek permission from the President. I just had to inform them,” Malik said rejecting suggestions he took the decision at the behest of the Centre. “For the past 15 to 20 days, I have been getting reports of large-scale horse trading. MLAs are being threatened and several types of underhand dealings are going on,” Malik said. “Had he given any side the opportunity to form government, it would have created a a bigger mess,” he claimed. As Madhav and Abdullah exchanged sharp words on Twitter, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti also questioned the BJP leader's comment alleging regional parties were working at Pakistan's behest. Mehbooba was responding to Madhav's allegation that the PDP and the NC had boycotted local body polls in the state earlier because of instructions from Pakistan. “Shocked to see baseless allegations against mainstream parties in JK following dictates from Pakistan levelled by @rammadhavbjp ji,” Mehbooba, a former chief minister, said in a series of tweets. Mehbooba said all mainstream parties in Jammu and Kashmir have taken grave risks to bridge the trust deficit that exists between people of the state vis a vis the country and it was strange their credentials were not questioned when THE INDEPENDENT The family of the American man who was killed by tribespeople in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, in an Instagram post, today said they have forgiven the killers and called for the release of those who assisted him in his quest to reach the island. “He ventured out on his own free will and his local contacts need not be persecuted for his own actions,” the family said. The American John Allen Chau said he was travelling there to “declare Jesus to these people”. In a letter to his family in the days before his death, missionary and adventurer John Allen Chau said they “might think I’m crazy”, but that he was willing to risk death to try and convert the people of North Sentinel island to Christianity. It is illegal for anyone to travel to the small island, part of the Andaman and Nicobar chain which sits in the Bay of Bengal and is administrated by India. Members of the Sentinelese tribe have resisted contact with the outside world for generations and are known to attack outsiders with bows and arrows. Mr Chau chartered a fishing boat to take him to the island and made a first, abortive attempt to contact the tribe on 15 November, according to the final excerpts from his journals that have been shared with US media. Initial reports of Mr Chau’s death described him as an adventure tourist, and police told journalists it was “a case of mis- In a letter to his family before his death, Chau said he was wiiling to risk death to convert the Island people to Christianity directed adventure”. But in his letter and journals Mr Chau makes clear that his primary motivation for visiting North Sentinel was that of a Christian missionary. Describing his first encounter with the tribe Chau wrote that he kayaked to shore and was met by a group of young people carrying bows and arrows. “I hollered, ‘My name is John, I love you and Jesus loves you,’” he wrote. One of the young Sentinelese shot at him and the arrow pierced a copy of the Bible he was carrying. The 26-year-old retreated and swam back to the waiting fishing boat, and that night wrote about his adventures and aspirations, leaving the journals and a letter for his family with the fishermen. He returned to the island the next day, 16 November. On the morning of 17 November, the fishermen watched from the boat as members of the tribe dragged Chau’s body along the beach and buried him, ‘May’s Brexit deal will put border checks and controls’ There would be “checks and controls” on trade between Britain and the EU under the final Brexit deal offered to Theresa May by Brussels, a leaked final draft of the agreement shows. The prime minister travelled to Brussels on Wednesday night in the hope of securing concessions from the EU to placate her rebellious MPs, who are threatening to vote down the agreement. A final draft of the unreleased document seen by The Independent shows the EU has agreed to soften some of its language – with nods to Ms May’s earlier rejected Chequers proposals included. But the overall shape of the agreement, which lays the SILVER 37,100.00 -50.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 63.52 +0.04 Pakistan opens corridor for Sikh pilgrims the NC or the PDP was in alliance with the BJP . Madhav had alleged that “fresh instructions” were given to the two regional parties from across the border to come together and form a government. The NC and PDP, he alleged, had boycotted local body polls in the state earlier because of instructions from Pakistan. “You have RAW, NIA & IB at your command (CBI too is your parrot) so have the guts to place evidence in the public domain. Either prove this or be man enough to apologise. Don't practice shoot & scoot politics,” Abdullah, a former chief minister said. Madhav responded, “Just take it in your stride Omar Abdullah. Not questioning your patriotism at all. But the sudden love between NC and PDP and the hurry to form government leads to many suspicions and political comments. Not to offend you.” In the tweet, he added an emoji with a toothy smile. EC on polls: The Election Commission Thursday said fresh elections in Jammu and Kashmir would be held within the next six months even as it did not rule out the possibility of holding polls there before the Lok Sabha polls due next year. “The Jammu and Kashmir assembly polls must be held on the first occasion before May ... it could be held before parliament elections also,” CEC O P Rawat said. SNS & PTI ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI, 22 NOVEMBER Pakistan has conveyed to India its decision to open the Kartarpura Corridor for the Sikh pilgrims on the occasion of Guru Nanak's 550th birth anniversary, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Thursday, a development which could help ease tensions between the two neighbours. Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan is located across the river Ravi, about four kilometres from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Punjab's Gurdaspur district. It was established by the Sikh Guru in 1522. The first Gurdwara, Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, was built here, where Guru Nanak Dev is said to have died. “Pakistan has already conveyed to India its decision to open Kartarpura Corridor for Baba Guru Nanak's 550th birth anniversary. PM Imran Khan will do break ground at Kartarpura facilities on 28th November. We welcome the Sikh community to Pakistan for this auspicious occasion,” Qureshi tweeted. His statement came hours after India urged Pakistan to build a US national Chau’s family ‘forgives’ killers LONDON, 22 NOVEMBER BRUSSELS, 22 NOVEMBER P11 J&K Guv decision on House dissolution draws flak SNS & PTI Full moon today THE INDEPENDENT WHEN PELE NUTMEGGED EUSEBIO Governor sticks to his claim of extensive horse-trading, Ram Madhav withdraws remark Max.93% TEMPERATURE NISSAN BOARD OUSTS GHOSN TRUMP SPARS WITH CJ OVER VIEWS OF JUDGES INDIA READY TO GET EVEN IN SECOND GAME groundwork for Britain’s relationship with the EU for decades to come, is mostly unchanged – with warnings of border checks and new bureaucracy that the prime minister promised to avoid. Last week negotiators on both sides said they had reached a withdrawal agreement that would govern the UK's departure from the bloc. A separate document outlining what the future trading relationship between Britain and the EU will look like was however still being worked on. It is understood that this latest leaked draft has been approved by the European Commission, but still requires the 27 EU member states to sign off on it. Countries including France, Spain, Denmark, and the Netherlands have already raised concerns that earlier drafts of the plan gives too much away to the UK. The agreement reached between the Commission and UK says the agreement would have “implications for checks and controls” on trade between the UK and EU, which currently do not exist. It spells out that the extent and nature of these impediments to trade will vary depending on the extent to which Britain aligns its regulations and customs with the EU. “The parties envisage that the extent of the United Kingdom’s commitments on customs and regulatory cooperation, including with regard to alignment of rules, would be taken into account in the application of related checks and controls, considering this as a factor in reducing risk,” the leaked final draft says. “This, combined with the use of all available facilitative arrangements as described above, can lead to a spectrum of different outcomes for administrative processes as well as checks and controls, and note in this context their wish to be as ambitious as possible, while respecting the integrity of their respective markets and legal orders.” The PM has ruled out membership of the EU single market or customs union, which the EU has said are required for frictionless trade. The prime minister’s so-called “Chequers” plan aimed to avoid border checks between Britain and the EU with a series of proposals, but was rejected by the EU. CMYK police said. Now it is unclear whether the authorities will risk further conflict with the Sentinelese by travelling to the island to recover Mr Chau’s remains. Sophie Grig, a senior official with the advocacy group Survival International who has been researching the Sentinelese people for more than two decades, said police were “still trying to work out” what to do about the body. She noted that last time the Sentinelese killed outsiders – two Indian fishermen whose boat washed up on the shore of North Sentinel – attempts to land a helicopter on the island and bring back the remains were abandoned when the tribespeople fired on the aircraft with arrows. She told The Independent: “In that case, the families said they appreciated the fishermen shouldn’t have been there, they knew [the laws against it] and we don’t think any more lives should be risked attempting to retrieve the bodies.” Dependera Pathak, director-general of police on India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands, said Mr Chau was apparently shot and killed by arrows, but the cause of death could only be confirmed if his body is recovered. Officials admitted they were exploring their options, since the law prevents them going directly to the restricted area. Police surveyed the island by air on Tuesday, and a team of police and forest department officials used a coast guard boat to travel there on Wednesday and another trip was planned Thursday. Draft Brexit agreement ‘right deal for the UK’: British PM AGENCIES LONDON, 22 NOVEMBER Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday hailed a draft Brexit agreement for future ties between London and Brussels as “the right deal” for Britain and said she was “determined to deliver it”. “This is the right deal for the UK,” she said after updating the cabinet on the text of a declaration on post-Brexit relations agreed Thursday. Its text will be considered by an EU summit on Sunday alongside a draft divorce agreement struck last week. “The British people want this to be settled,” said May. “They want a good deal that sets us on course for a brighter future. That deal is within our grasp and I am determined to deliver it.” Sunday's summit is meant to conclude nearly two years of complex and often acrimonious negotiations on how Britain and the European Union will function after their March 29 divorce. The two final texts must then be approved by the UK and EU parliaments. But Spain is threatening to vote against the agreements on Sunday because of a lingering dispute over the future status of Gibraltar. Spain ceded the tiny island to Britain in 1713 but wants it returned. Madrid is seeking to secure what it sees as its right to negotiate the future on Gibraltar with Britain on a bilateral basis after Brexit. This would give Spain an effective veto on Gibraltar's status. London has refused to budge. corridor to Katarpur Sahib to facilitate easy movement of Indian Sikh pilgrims to the shrine -- the final resting place of Sikh faith's founder Guru Nanak Dev. India also said it will build and develop a corridor from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district to the International Border to facilitate Sikh pilgrims visiting Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur on the banks of the Ravi river in Pakistan. Pakistan's Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry welcomed the Indian announcement to commence the construction of the Kartarpur corridor, calling it a “victory of peace”. “It is a step towards the right direction and we hope such steps will encourage voice of reasons and tranquillity on both sides of the border,” he tweeted.In New Delhi, MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said India has approached the Pakistani government to recognise the sentiments of the Sikh community and build the corridor, in keeping with the resolution adopted by the Cabinet Thursday to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev next year. Sovan steps down, Hakim elected Kolkata mayor KOLKATA, 22 NOVEMBER West Bengal’s Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Minister, Firhad Hakim was on Thursday elected as the new mayor of Kolkata. Hakim was elected the leader of the Trinamul Congress party in Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and MMIC (health) Atin Ghosh was appointed as deputy mayor. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today called for a consensus among her councillors for appointing Firad Hakim as the mayor and Atin Ghosh as deputy mayor. One of the councillors proposed the names of Firad Hakim as mayor and Atin Ghosh as deputy mayor and the rest of the councillors elected them unanimously. Among 123 councillors,Sailen Dasgupta has passed away and present deputy mayor Iqbal Ahmed and two other councillors~Sikha Saha and Sushmita Bhattacharya failed to attend the meeting as they were indisposed. Sovan Chatterjee resigned from the post of mayor this morning. He quit as housing and fire services minister on Tuesday. Miss Banerjee said there was no crisis in the party and Sovan quit due to personal problems. SNS
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