CMYK THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 29 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 SENSEX 35,716.95 +203.81 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Maximum and minimum temperature will be around 30-19 degree celsius, respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.89% TEMPERATURE Max: 30.2°C (+2) SUN RISES 05:59 hrs MOON RISES 23.09 hrs Next quarter of moon on 4 December THUMBNAILS India maul South Africa 5-0 in hockey: Hosts 0 India started their hockey World Cup campaign on a rousing note, blanking South Africa 5-0 in their opening Pool C match in front of a packed Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday. India are eyeing to reclaim the P12 World Cup after 43 years. Bengal hooch deaths: At least eight persons, including a 60-year-old woman, died and 18 others fell ill after allegedly consuming spurious liquor, locally called ‘cholai’ at Nrishinghapur-Chowdhuripara under Santipur police staP13 tion limits in Nadia on Wednesday. Governor fears transfer over remark: Amid a controversy over his remarks on dissolving the J&K Assembly, Governor Malik has said the threat of transfer remains as it is not in one's hands. At a function to pay tributes to Congress leader Girdhari Lal Dogra on his 31st death anniversary, he spoke about the threat. The government on Wednesday lowered the country's economic growth rate during the previous Congress-led UPA regime, shaving off over 1 percentage point from the only year when India posted double-digit GDP growth post liberalisation and from each of the three years with 9-plus per cent expansion. Recalibrating data of past years using 2011-12 as the base year instead of 2004-05, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) estimated that India's GDP grew by 8.5 per cent in the financial year 2010-11 (April 2010 to March 2011) and not at 10.3 per cent as previously estimated. Similarly, 9.3 per cent growth rate each in 2005-06 and 2006-07 was lowered to 7.9 per cent and 8.1 per cent respectively, while 7.7 per cent rate was now estimated for 2007-08 instead of 9.8 per cent. PTI NIFTY 10,728.85 +43.25 ` vs $ 70.62 +17 PAISE KARTARPUR, 28 NOVEMBER rime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said his government, the army and all political parties in Pakistan are on the same page to improve ties with India, asserting that all issues, including Kashmir, can be resolved with “strength and will” of the leadership of the two countries. Khan made a strong pitch for better ties between the two nucleararmed neighbours after laying the foundation stone for the historic Kartarpur Corridor linking two revered gurdwaras on both sides of the border here. Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and India's Union ministers Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Singh Puri and cricketer-turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu were present during the groundbreaking ceremony. Addressing a gathering later, Khan said Pakistan P Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses the groundbreaking ceremony for the Kartarpur Corridor in Kartarpur on Wednesday. AFP and India cannot understand the opportunities God has given to them. He said whenever he visited India, he was told that politicians are united, but the (Pakistan) army won't allow the friendship between the two sides. “I am telling you, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, the ruling party, other political parties and (Pakistan's) armed forces are on one page...We want to move ahead. We want a civilised relationship with India.’’ “Both countries are AHMEDABAD, 28 NOVEMBER Exasperated over the Gujarat Police openly siding with the accused on bail, the State Government not keeping its promises and general harassments, the victims of infamous Una flogging of July 2016 have sought the President’s permission for their mercy killing. The family of Balubhai Sarvaiya and a few other Dalits of Mota Samadhiyala village in Una taluka of Gir Somnath district were mercilessly beaten up by self-appointed ‘cow vigilantes’ when they were spotted skinning a naturally dead bovine. The flogging was videorecorded by the accused themselves to earn some quick bucks from television channels willing to pay for such visuals, but the video going viral over social media landed them in trouble. Following nation-wide Dalit uprising against the incident, the main accused were arrested but only to be nuclear armed. We both have atomic weapons...It is madness for such countries to think (of a war). Only a foolish individual can think one can win a nuclear war,” he said. Emphasising on improvement of IndoPak ties, Khan said there was need for “showing strength, will and determination” at the level of the leadership. “If France and Germany who fought several wars can live in peace, why can't India and Pakistan,” the prime minister Delhi HC allows CBI chief to inspect Asthana file PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 28 NOVEMBER Delhi High Court on Wednesday allowed CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma and Joint Director A K Sharma to inspect in the CVC's office the case file relating to FIR against the agency's Special Director Rakesh Asthana. Justice Najmi Waziri also extended till December 7 its order directing the CBI to maintain status quo regarding proceedings against Asthana, who has sought quashing of the FIR against him in a bribery case. The court permitted Verma to inspect the case file, stated to be in the custody of Central Vigilance Commission, on Thursday at 4:30 pm in the CVC's office where CBI's Superintendent of Police Satish Dagar will be present at the time of inspection. The case files and docu- ments have been sent to the CVC for scrutiny following the Supreme Court's order directing the vigilance body to inquire against Verma. The High Court's order came after counsel for Verma and Sharma orally submitted that they be allowed to inspect the file to “refresh” their memories as there are allegations of mala fide against them in Asthana's petition. Sharma has been asked to go to CVC's office to inspect the case record on Friday. During the hearing, the court allowed the plea of Sharma's counsel that he be allowed to place in a sealed cover certain incriminating material to maintain the sanctity of the institution. Advocate M A Niyazi, representing Sharma, said the documents are not personal and they are also with the CBI but he just wanted to point out the sensitive material which The victims of Una flogging of July 2016 sought the President’s permission for their mercy killing as they say the Gujarat govt is openly siding with the accused on bail freed on bail. In a letter to President Ram Nath Kovind, Vashram Sarvaiya, one of the four siblings, has sought permission for mercy killing as their life has become miserable in the twoand-half years since the flogging incident. Firstly, the family has lost its livelihood as they had to stop their traditional trade of skinning dead cows and selling its hides due to the threats from ‘cow vigilantes’ on the prowl in Gujarat. The accused, free on bail, are regularly threatening and attacking the family and the witnesses testifying in the case but the police are not doing anything to prevent it, Vashram informed the President in the letter written on behalf of the whole family seeking mercy killing. “Then Chief Minister Anandiben Patel had promised to allot five acres of land to each of the victims and government jobs as per qualifications”, the letter told the President adding that no attempt has been made to fulfil these promises in the last two years and four months. The 74 cases filed against Dalits during their agitation over the flogging incident have not yet been withdrawn and the police are not giving any protection to the victims and witnesses who travel to Veraval where the case is being heard, the family’s letter informed the President while seeking mercy killing for themselves. Copies of the letter, dated 26 November, have been sent to the Prime Minister, the Chief Minister, Director General of Police (DGP), the District Collector and some other officials. should be looked into by the court and the agency. The court directed that the documents given by Sharma be kept in a sealed cover till further orders. Senior advocates Amrendra Sharan and Dayan Krishnan, appearing for Asthana and CBI Deputy SP Devender Kumar respectively, said Sharma should give the material to the CBI and if reliance is placed on the documents given by him in the court, they should also be allowed to go through the material. The court also granted a week's time to Verma to file his response to the petitions of Asthana and Kumar seeking quashing of FIR against them. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear on Thursday CBI director's plea challenging the government's order divesting him of his duties and sending him on leave in view of graft charges. CBI told to take over cases of 16 shelter homes NEW DELHI, 28 NOVEMBER The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the CBI to take over the probe into allegations of physical and sexual abuse of inmates at 16 shelter homes in Bihar. A bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur transferred the investigation being conducted by Bihar Police to the CBI, and dismissed the state government's request not to do so. The apex court said that the report of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) raises grave concern about 17 shelter homes in Bihar and the CBI must look into all of them. Of these, the Muzaffarpur case is already being looked into by the CBI. CBI told the bench, also comprising justices S A Nazeer and Deepak Gupta, that in principle it was ready to take over the investigation. The agency is already investigating the Muzaffarpur shelter home case in which it is expected to file a charge sheet by Dec 7. SNS CMYK said in Urdu. “We have just one problem, Kashmir. If man can walk on the moon, what problems are there that we cannot resolve? We only need determined leadership on both sides,” he said and reiterated that if India takes one step forward, Pakistan will take two steps forward in friendship. Khan said that there have been “mistakes on both sides” and asserted that the two sides should not live in the past. “Where Pakistan and India stand today, we have seen such a situation for 70 years now,” Khan said. “We will stay stuck this way unless we break the shackles of the past and stop blaming each other,” he said, adding that the two neighbours must improve their ties. He said the citizens of both countries want peace and it is just the leadership which needs to be on same page. Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan is located across the river Ravi, about four kilometres from the Dera P11 SILVER 36,200.00 -100.00 Imran bats for better, civilised ties with India Dalit victims of Una seek Prez nod for mercy killing RATHIN DAS P3 GOLD 29,330.00 -245.00 PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Min: 19.6°C (+3) SUN SETS 16:51 hrs MOON SETS 11:30 hrs NEW DELHI, 28 NOVEMBER P10 CLARKE SAYS NICE GUYS FINISH LAST Kashmir can be resolved with strength and will of leadership of two countries: Pak PM Min. 40% Centre slashes GDP growth rate in UPA era IRANI QUESTIONED OVER GOTRA ON TWITTER G 20: SAUDI CROWN PRINCE IN BUENOS AIRES ‘ECONOMY TO SHRINK, WAGES TO FALL POST BREXIT’ Baba Nanak shrine. It was established in 1522 by Guru Nanak Dev who is believed to have spent 18 years here. The first Gurdwara, Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, was built here, where Guru Nanak is said to have died. Prime Minister Khan appreciated the joy on the faces around him. “The happiness I see in you today, if I were to explain to my Muslim brother and sisters, is that imagine that you are standing 4-km outside Medina (a city in Saudi Arabia where the Prophet is buried) and cannot go in, and you are then given the chance to go. That is the happiness I see here,” he said. He assured the Sikh community that facilities at Kartarpur Sahib will be even better for 550th birth celebrations for Guru Nanak Dev next year. “We will keep improving the Kartarpur darbar for you,” he told thousands of Sikh pilgrims from both India and Pakistan who were present. BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 59.70 -0.51 Modi Saarc invite: ‘No talks unless Pak desists from terror’ PRESS TRUST OF INDIA HYDERABAD, 28 NOVEMBER There will be no dialogue with Pakistan unless it desists from terrorist activities against India, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj declared on Wednesday, in a rebuff to Pakistan a day after Islamabad said it would invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the SAARC summit. She also said the Kartarpur corridor initiative was not linked to the dialogue process with Pakistan. “That invitation has already been given. But, we are not responding to it positively. Because, as I said, that unless and until Pakistan stops terrorist activities in India, there will be no dialogue and we will not participate in SAARC,” Swaraj told a press conference. Swaraj's statement came hours before Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was to lay the foundation stone for the much-awaited corridor linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan's Kartarpur - the final resting place of Sikh faith's founder Guru Nanak Dev - to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India's Gurdaspur district. Noting that Pakistan promoting terror activities in India came in the way of resumption of talks, the minister said,“I already visited Pakistan and this was me only who started the comprehensive bilateral dialogue. But what happened after that? Pathankot, after that Uri. So, we have to take a big picture.” Maintaining she was happy that Pakistan had responded positively to the Kartarpur corridor for the first time, Swaraj said that did not mean “the bilateral dialogue will start only on this”. “Terror and talks cannot go together,” she asserted. Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesman Md Faisal had said on Tuesday that PM Modi will be invited to that country for the SAARC summit. India had pulled out of the 19th SAARC summit in Islamabad after the deadly terrorist attack on an Indian Army camp in Uri.
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