THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 29 NOVEMBER 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16+4 |` 5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR IRANI QUESTIONED OVER GOTRA ON TWITTER ‘SABARIMALA WON’T BE ALLOWED TO TURN INTO AYODHYA’ P6 SENSEX 35,716.95 +203.81 WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Mist in the morning. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 28 and 12 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY P10 NIFTY 10,728.85 +43.25 ` vs $ 70.62 +17 PAISE Min. 53% Max: 28.1°C (+3) SUN RISES 06:55 hrs MOON RISES 23:48 hrs Min: 13.5°C (+4) SUN SETS 17:24 hrs MOON SETS 13:06 hrs 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 P15 World Cup after 43 years. Court allows CBI chief to inspect Asthana file: The Delhi High Court Wednesday allowed CBI Director Alok 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 7 December its order directing the CBI to maintain status quo regarding P7 proceedings against Asthana. Modi govt cuts GDP growth during UPA rule: The Narendra Modi government 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. P6 KARTARPUR, 28 NOVEMBER P 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 Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses the groundbreaking ceremony for the Kartarpur Corridor AFP in Kartarpur on Wednesday. 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 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 minis- Transfer threat remains, says J&K Governor 1984 anti-Sikh riots: HC upholds S conviction, jail term of 70 rioters JAMMU, 28 NOVEMBER PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 28 NOVEMBER Amid a ranging controversy over his remarks on dissolving the Jammu and Kashmir assembly, Governor Satya Pal Malik has said the threat of transfer remains as it is not in one's hands. At a function organised to pay tributes to Congress leader and former minister Girdhari Lal Dogra on his 31st death anniversary here on Tuesday, he mentioned about the threat of transfer. “Girdhari Lal ji dedicated his life to the cause of the poor. As long as I am here, I will definitely come to pay my tributes to him... It (transfer) is not in one's hands. I will not lose my job but the threat of transfer remains, he said. The transfer remark by the governor drew chuckles from the audience. Malik said he was in Madhya Pradesh and was down with fever for the SNS & PTI past two days. The Delhi High Court Wednesday upheld the conviction of 70 out of the 89 people who were awarded fiveyear jail term by a trial court for rioting, burning houses and violation of curfew during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Of the remaining 19 people, 16 died during the pendency of their appeals against the trial court's 27 August 1996 decision. The appeals of the three others were dismissed after they absconded, the high court noted in its judgement. Justice R K Gauba, while dismissing the 22-year-old appeals, asked the convicts to surrender forthwith to serve their remaining prison terms for rioting, looting and burning houses in various residential blocks in Trilok Puri between October 31 and November 3 in 1984 after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her two Sikh bodyguards. Around 3,000 people died during the antiSikh riots. The court noted that the 1984 anti-Sikh riots were a “dark chapter” in the history of Independent India as the “law and order machinery had broken down”. It said: “The police forces, and the civil administration, did not take timely or effective action to prevent the riotous conditions from spiralling out of hand. The criminal law process began, but hesitatingly and belatedly. “The fact that these cases have continued to linger in the courts at the stage of trial or appeals or revisions till date itself is an indicator of the reality that the response of the law has been tardy, ineffective and highly unsatisfactory.” Dalit victims of Una seek Prez nod for mercy killing RATHIN DAS 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 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 GOLD 29,330.00 -245.00 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 arrested but only to be 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 two-and-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. The high court said that in view of the extensive damage that was caused by the appellants to a large number of houses or other properties of Sikh community by fire, the case merited punishment more severe than the one meted out by the trial court. “Given the fact there is no appeal seeking enhancement of the punishment, the trial court having taken a lenient view, there is no occasion for this court to modify the order on sentence either way,” it said. In its 79-page verdict upholding the conviction and jail term of the convicts, the high court said in the instant matter, the police did not promptly register the crimes and collect evidence and the other agencies, including the prosecution and the trial court, “failed to rise to the occasion”. TURN TO PAGE 3 SC transfers 17 Bihar shelter home cases to CBI STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 28 NOVEMBER The Supreme Court on Wednesday handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) the probe into all the 17 cases of alleged sexual abuse and exploitation of children at shelter homes in Bihar, saying there was no need to do so had the state government done its job properly. The top court has directed the investigating agency to file the status reports on 31 January. The cases of rampant sexual and physical abuse of inmates in several shelter homes in Bihar came to the fore in a report of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), given to the state government earlier this year. The apex court said the report ofTISS had raised grave concern about 17 shelter homes in Bihar and the CBI must look into all of them. TURN TO PAGE 7 ter 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 P15 SILVER 36,200.00 -100.00 Imran bats for better, strong ties with India PRESS TRUST OF INDIA REAL GO THROUGH TO TOP AS BALE LEADS WIN OVER ROMA P12 Kashmir can be resolved with strength and will of leadership of two countries: Pak PM Max.98% TEMPERATURE G 20: SAUDI CROWN PRINCE IN BUENOS AIRES 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: Stop terror, then talks, India to Pakistan STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 28 NOVEMBER External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday ruled out Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s participation in the proposed SAARC Summit in Pakistan or the resumption of dialogue with the neighbouring country until it stopped promoting terrorism on the Indian soil. ‘’Unless and until Pakistan stops terrorist activities in India, there will be no dialogue and we will not participate in SAARC,’’ she told the media while campaigning in Telangana for the assembly election. Her statement came a day after Pakistan foreign office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal was quoted as saying that Islamabad would invite PM Modi for the SAARC Summit. The summit was to be held in November 2016 but had to be called off as India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal pulled out of it. According to the SAARC charter, a summit of the grouping can take place only with the participation of all its eight members. Pakistan has since then been making attempts to host the summit but in vain. Swaraj said the opening of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor did not mean a dialogue would start between India and Pakistan. ‘’We have always said that terror and talks can’t go together… the moment Pakistan stops terrorist activities in India, dialogue can start,’’ she added. India, the minister said, was happy that Pakistan had agreed to open the corridor linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur ~ the final resting place of Guru Nanak Dev ~ to Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district in Punjab. ‘’The Government of India has been asking for the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor for the last 20 years, rather many years…forthefirst time, Pakistan has responded positively,’’ she added. Swaraj said she could not attend the corridor ceremony in Pakistan as she was tied up with a visit to Telangana. She recalled that she had initiated the process to resume dialogue with Pakistan in 2015 but that was followed by the Pathankot and Uri attacks by Pakistanbased terrorists. SEE ALSO PAGE 5
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