www.thestatesman.com MONDAY FIND US ONLINE 03 DECEMBER 2018 Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P9 P6 P12 ‘Pak can seek India’s help against terrorism’ P15 Terrorism in India confined only to J&K, situation improving: Rajnath Mainly clear sky. Mist in the morning. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 27 and 9 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.98% Min. 41% Max: 28.1°C (+3) SUN RISES 06:58 hrs MOON RISES 3:51 hrs Min: 09.0°C (0) SUN SETS 17:24 hrs MOON SETS 14:49 hrs Pakistan foreign minister defends ‘googly’ remarks PRESS TRUST OF INDIA JAIPUR, 2 DECEMBER THUMBNAILS The new Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora takes charge in his office in the Capital SNS on Sunday. Cop recruitment exam cancelled: A written exam for recruitment of Gujarat police constables was Sunday cancelled hours before it was scheduled to commence after authorities learnt that the paper had got leaked. As many as 8.75 lakh candidates were to appear for the exam which was to start at 3 pm at 2440 centres across Gujarat. Chief minister Vijay Rupani has directed the state home department to take immediate action in connection with the incident. Setback for Netanyahu: Israeli police on Sunday recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara for bribery and other offences, the third such move against the premier in recent months. Netanyahu immediately rejected the accusations, but the three cases against him have led to speculation that they could force the long-serving prime minister to step down, with the head of the opposition Labour party, Avi Gabbay, renewing his call for Netanyahu to resign. India draw against Belgium: Hosts India eked out a 2-2 draw against Olympic silver medallists Belgium in an evenly-contested Pool C match of the men's hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar on Sunday. Pegged back by a Belgium goal in the eighth minute, India made a comeback after the change of ends, scoring two goals in the third and fourth quarters. But the hosts defence faltered in the final minutes and conceded a late goal. H ome Minister Rajnath Singh Sunday said Pakistan can seek India's help if it cannot handle the fight against terrorism alone. He asserted there have not been any major terrorist related incident in the country in over four years of the Narendra Modi-led NDA government. “I want to ask the Pakistani prime minister (Imran Khan) that if in Aghanistan, a fight can be carried out against terror and Taliban with the help of the US, then, Pakistan can seek help against terrorism from India if it feels that it cannot handle it alone,” he said. Addressing a press conference here, Singh said Jammu and Kashmir was not an issue as it was an integral part of the country. “The issue is of terrorism, and Pakistan can discuss it,” Singh said. The Home Minister also accused the Congress of creating a crisis of distrust in politics and claimed there was a difference in their words and deeds. “I do not want to claim that terrorism has stopped, but no major terrorist incident has happened in the country in last four-anda-half years, he said. Terrorism is confined only to Kashmir where also situation is improving, Singh said, adding that the panchayat elections in J&K is being conducted successfully. “The government has brought Jammu and Kashmir into political process. As far as terrorism is concerned, there is no second thought that it is Pakistan sponsored,” the Home Minister said. The Union minister asserted that the country and its borders are safe. Terrorism has reduced and the problem of Naxalism will get eliminated from the country in the coming years, he added. Naxal-related incidents have come down by 50-60 per cent in the last four years, he said, adding it has reduced from 90 districts to only 8-9 districts and that the problem will get eliminated in next three to five years. Hitting back at Congress president Rahul Gandhi on his statement that surgical strikes were conducted during previous UPA regime also, the Home Minister sought to know why it was kept a secret. “They are telling it today. Why the country was not informed earlier? If our army had shown its valour and strength then should this country not have any knowledge of this matter? Singh asked. Why was the attempt made to keep the valour and strength of the army hidden? Whose fear was it? I want to have an answer to this question, he said. Responding to an alleged statement of AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi that 'Allah will defeat Modi (and Rahul Gandhi) ', Singh said, We cannot fight with god of any religion. We do not want to fight like this as we do not believe in politics based on caste or religion. Our politics is based on justice and humanity. On the issue of Hinduism, he said Congress is talking about the issue which it has avoided discussing till now. “Hinduism should not be connected with any sect, caste and religion. It is a way of living life and it is a human religion, he said. ISLAMABAD, 2 DECEMBER Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday defended his controversial“googly” comments, which drew sharp criticism from India, saying that linking his remarks to “Sikh sentiments” was misleading. On Thursday, Qureshi had said Prime Minister Imran Khan bowled a“googly” to ensure Indian government's presence at Wednesday’s groundbreaking ceremony of the landmark Kartarpur Corridor. Tthe same Indian government that had said it will not engage with Pakistan sent two ministers to the ceremony, he noted. Union ministers Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Singh Puri, along with Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, attended the event in Pakistan Punjab province. Qureshi's remarks drew strong criticism from external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, who came down heavily on her Pakistani counterpart saying his comments “exposed” Amarinder is a father to Sidhu, says wife as his ouster call grows J-K Raj Bhawan's fax machine still broken: Omar STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE SRINAGAR, 2 DECEMBER CHANDIGARH, 2 DECEMBER With Punjab Congress leaders demanding cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu’s resignation for his remark, ‘Amarinder Singh is an Army Captain’, his wife Navjot Kaur on Sunday claimed her husband’s comment has been misinterpreted. "Navjot (Sidhu) ji has repeatedly said that Captain Sahab is likehisfather,"saidKaur."Wehave always made it clear that Captain Sahab's respect and honour is above everything. Sidhu's statements should be read as a whole and not in incomplete bits," she added. This comment came a day after at least five Punjab ministers criticised Sidhu for his remark and suggesting him to resign from his post in Amarinder Singh government if he could not look upon him as the leader. The women and child development and transport minister Aruna Chaudhary on Sunday Sidhu’s remark was“unforunate” and“uncalled for”.“What Navjot Singh Sidhu said about Capt Amarinder Singh is unfortunate. Such things should not have been said by him,” she said. Amarinder Singh was in the Army and served as a captain during 1965 Indo-Pak War. “Capt Amarinder Singh is our undisputed leader. He is captain of the party in the state. He was chief ministerial candidate in the last assembly polls and under him the party retu-rned to power with an overh-elming majority. At the same time, Rahul Gandhi is captain of entire Congress, no one is disputing this fact. But what Sidhu said about captain is unfortunate,” she said. The forests minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot also demanded Sidhu apologise to the chief minister. He also reminded him he was not running a comedy show. Sidhu had been a part of a popularTV comedy show aired in India.“It seems Sidhu sahib has forgotten that he is a minister. He should know he is not running a comedy show here. He must learn how to respect the elders andseekanapologyfromthechief minister,” Dharamsot said. Earlier on Saturday, state rural developmentministerTriptRajinder Bajwa said “Rahul is the captain of the entire Congress but Amarinder is the undisputed leader of the Punjab Congress,”. “The tone and body language used by Sidhu for the CM was humiliating and disgusting. He has no moral right to continue as minister,” he added. India to host 15th G20 summit PRESS TRUST OF INDIA BUENOS AIRES, 2 DECEMBER For the first time, India will host the annual G-20 summit in 2022, coinciding with the country's 75th anniversary of Independence. Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the announcement at the closing ceremony of the 13th G-20 summit here in the Argentinian capital on Saturday. He thanked Italy for allowing India to play the host. Italy was to host the international forum of the world's top 20 economies in 2022. The 14th edition will be held in Japan while Saudi Arabia will host the 15th. “In 2022 India completes 75 years since Independence. In that special year, India looks forward to welcoming the world to the G-20 Summit! Come to India, the world's fastest growing large economy! Know India's rich history and diversity, and experience the warm Indian hospitality,” Modi tweeted after making the announcement. G-20 members comprise Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European OUR PACERS HAVE SKILLS TO TROUBLE KOHLI: PAINE PRESS TRUST OF INDIA WEATHER TEMPERATURE MACRON HOLDS CRISIS MEET OVER PARIS RIOTS KHASHOGGI DEATH: IS SYRIA THE KEY? OWAISI WILL HAVE TO FLEE FROM HYDERABAD: YOGI Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK and the USA. During the G-20 summit, Prime Minister Modi noted that the grouping has completed 10 years and highlighted the cooperation among the members that restored growth and revival of growth post 2008 economic meltdown. The PM also highlighted the current challenges which the global economy, especially the emerging economies face. He highlighted the threat of increasing financial vulnerabilities mainly arising from the monetary policies of advance economies, oil price volatility, India’s G20 Sherpa, Shaktikanta Das, said while briefing reporters. The prime minister also spoke about the unsynchronised policies of advanced economies and the uneven pace of the revival of the economies of various countries. He talked about the escalating trade tensions and the collateral damage it causes to the least developed countries and other emerging economies, Das said, referring mainly to the ongoing USChina trade war. The Prime Minister also talked about various multilateral institutions and stressed that there is a need to adopt the policy of a proactive and reformed multilateralism basically to activate the various multilateral, Das said. Modi also highlighted and stressed the price stability of crude oil because any instability in crude prices causes a lot of pressure, especially on domestic economies to adapt their economic policies because of price fluctuations. He pointed out that such price fluctuations affect and put pressure on the budgetary resources and the domestic finances of the emerging economies. Another important point which the prime minister highlighted is the need for carrying out reforms in the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The PM also highlighted the need to adopt the nine point action plan on economic fugitives, Das said. India has already enacted a law on fugitive economic offenders keeping in mind the need for their early repatriation back into India along with their illegally acquired assets. The Jammu and Kashmir Raj Bhawan's fax machine, which was at the centre of a political drama last month, made news again after NC leader Omar Abdullah claimed his attempt to send a letter to Governor S P Malik Sunday failed as it was still not working. The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister was trying to fax a letter to Malik expressing the National Conference's (NC) concerns over reports of changes proposed to the procedure of granting permanent residence certificates in the state. He shared the letter on Twitter. “I'm trying to fax a letter to jandkgovernor but the fax machine still isn't working. The operator who answered the phone says the fax operator is on holiday as it's a Sunday.Will attempt again tomorrow in the meantime am forced to put the letter out through social media,” Abdullah said in a tweet. “J&K Raj Bhavan needs a new fax machine urgently,” he said, retweeting a post from November 21. PTI 2 IL&FS hostages released because of ill-health PRESS TRUST OF INDIA MUMBAI, 2 DECEMBER Two of the seven IL&FS employees held hostage in Ethiopia by unpaid local staff have been released on health grounds, a source said. The two had sent an email from captivity to the Indian Embassy on their medical condition, the source said, adding that the embassy helped in securing their release. Harish Bandi, one of the two released, was suffering from gastric issues and swelling in one of his fingers while the other, Bhaskar Reddy, was down with severe fever. “A mail was written to the Indian Embassy in Ethiopia, which acted promptly and with the help of local police the two employees were released,” the source said. Both the employees were taken to a local hospital near the project site with the help of police, and from there to the capital city Addis Ababa, where they are recuperating. The five employees still in captivity are surviving on rice, sweet potatoes and vegetables they had grown in their camp area, but the stock may not last for long, the source added. The seven Indian workers of a unit of IL&FS have been held hostage since 25 November at three sites in Ethiopia's Oromia and Amhara states by unpaid local staff. IL&FS had defaulted on paying both taxes and local employee pensions for nine months. The local workers have supposedly not been given salaries for October and November by a subsidiary of IL&FS Transportation Networks (ITNL). A possible termination of some road projects being built by Indian and Spanish joint ventures may have triggered local employees to take such an action. An earlier attempt to escape by these seven employees was thwarted by locals. him and that Pakistan has “no respect for Sikh sentiments”. Harsimrat Kaur Badal also took exception to Qureshi's remarks and warned Pakistan that it should not use the Kartarpur Corridor issue and religion to fulfil its “evil designs” of vitiating the peaceful atmosphere in India and particularly in Punjab. Qureshi took to Twitter on Sunday to respond to the criticisms. “Dragging my comment towards 'Sikh sentiments' is a deliberate attempt to misrepresent & mislead. What I said was strictly with ref to bilateral interaction with the Indian Govt,” he tweeted. “We have deep respect for Sikh sentiments and no amount of distortions or controversies would change it,” he said. He also said the Kartarpur Corridor was opened to fulfil the desires of the Sikh community. Dhenkanal shelter home sealed, three arresed DHENKANAL, 2 DECEMBER The police swung into action, arresting three persons of a shelter home and shifting the inmates, following allegations of violation of the JJ Act and charges of sexual abuse. The chairman of the organisation running the shelter, Faiz Rehman, caretaker Simanchal Naik and another staff member were arrested while the children were shifted to Maharshri Dayananda Service Mission’s child care institution, 22 km away. A delegation of the BJP was not allowed to meet the inmates or others by the district administration. Apprehensions of a Muzaffarnagar-like case prompted the state government to carry out immediate checks and shut down any unauthorised shelters across the state. There were 47 girls and 33 boys in the Good News Media Dream Centre shelter home. They were sent to another shelter on directions of the collector Nikhil Pawan Kalyan. Police are deployed at both the shelters while the Good News Media Dream shelter has been SNS sealed. 34 yrs on, Bhopal survivors' plight continues PTI BHOPAL, 2 DECEMBER Thirty-four years after the Bhopal gas tragedy, survivors continue to demand proper rehabilitation and adequate compensation besides proper medical treatment for ailments caused by the toxic leak. In what is termed as the world's worst industrial disaster, over 15,000 people were killed after methyl isocyanate leaked on the intervening night of 2-3 December 1984, from the pesticide plant of Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) in the city. More than five lakh people were affected due to the toxic leak. Various organisations fighting for gas leak survivors have been seeking proper medical care, adequate compensation and cleaning of the groundwater and soil which became contaminated after the incident. The survivors' bodies including the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh, Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha, Children Against Dow Carbide and the Bhopal Group for Information and Action (BGIA) issued a joint statement on Sunday accusing the Madhya Pradesh and central governments of neglecting the victims. Rachna Dhingra of the Bhopal Group for Information and Action said, “Recent scientific studies show that deaths and diseases attributable to exposure to Union Carbide's gases continue to occur in Bhopal. Yet, over 80 per cent of the recommendations of the Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee for medical rehabilitation of victims remain to be implemented.Further, funds m e a n t f o r p rov i d i n g employment to survivors and their children are being diverted for building roads, drains and parks by a minister for his electoral constituency, she alleged. President of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh Rashida Bee said, “Since 2004...the contamination has spread to 42 settlements around the factory with a population of over one hundred thousand. But, the governments at the state and the centre have done nothing.” While claiming that about 20,000 persons died due to the gas tragedy and its subsequent effects, convener of Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sanghathan (BGPMUS) Abdul Jabbar said, “The pittance which was disbursed as compensation in most instances was never enough to take care of their daily needs. “Finding gainful employment in accordance with the reduced capacity to work, and to lead a dignified life has been a serious challenge for survivors,” he said. Accusing the state government of persistent apathy, Jabbar said, “Proper protocol for treatment of most gas-related ailments has not been evolved even after 34 years.” Jabbar also alleged that the toxic waste generated during UCIL's operation from 1969 to 1984 was dumped in and around the plant, leading to severe soil and water contamination.“A comprehensive study to estimate the extent and gravity of the damage has not been carried out. Instead, the magnitude of the problem has been grossl y u n d e re s t i m a t e d by authorities,” he said.
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