THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 14 JUNE 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 CONG WRESTS JAYANAGAR SEAT FROM BJP P6 SENSEX 35,739.16 +46.64 Haze. Strong dust raising winds (wind speed 30-35 KMPH) likely to prevail. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 41 and 33 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY TEMPERATURE NIFTY 10,856.70 +13.85 ` vs $ 67.65 -16 PAISE P15 P13 GOLD 29,730.00 -20.00 SILVER 40,700.00 +100.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 75.66 -0.22 Karti’s firms received `1.16 crore bribe in Aircel-Maxis deal: ED tells court 4 BSF personnel killed in Pak firing Force to lodge protest with Pakistan against ‘unprovoked’ firing NEW DELHI, 13 JUNE Min. 33% Max: 41.2°C (+2) SUN RISES 05:23 hrs MOON RISES 06:49 hrs P8 KABUL EXPRESS SET FOR 'TEST' RUN IN AND AGAINST INDIA SNS & PTI WEATHER Max. 52% GAYOOM SENTENCED TO 19 MONTHS IN JAIL MAN WHO COULD BE KING Min: 34°C (+6) SUN SETS 19:20 hrs MOON SETS 19:55 hrs THUMBNAILS Smoke billows from the top floor of a Mumbai high rise residential building after a fire broke (P7) out on Wednesday. AFP Indian student racially abused for defending hijab-clad woman in UK: A 28-year-old c Indian-origin student in the UK has been racially attacked by a white man, shouting “Brexit, go back home” after the Briton made sexist remarks towards a hijab-clad woman, media reports said on Wednesday. Rickesh Advani, a political science student at Cambridge University, confronted the man for his comments towards the woman, only to be hit with an outburst of racial abuse, Cambridge News P13 reported. US approves sale of Apache attack helicopters, missiles to India: The Trump administration has approved a deal to sell six AH64E Apache attack helicopters to India for USD 930 million as well as Hellfire and Stinger missiles to bolster the country's ability to defend its homeland and deter “regional threats”, the Pentagon said. The Pentagon's notification to the Congress comes ahead of the first 2+2 dialogue between India and the US next month in Washington DC. The sale is expected to pass through if no lawmaker opposes it. Pak SC sets today's deadline for Musharraf: Pakistan's Supreme Court Wednesday gave former military ruler Pervez Musharraf a deadline until Thursday afternoon to present himself in the court in the lifetime disqualification case against him, taunting that how can a commando be so afraid to return to his country. It warned that if Musharraf does not show up in court by 2 pm Thursday, a decision would be taken in the case according to P13 law. PhD must for asst professors: In order to improve the standard of education in universities, regulations of appointment and promotion of assistant professors have been changed by the HRD Ministry. According to the new regulations, the candidates who apply for assistant professorship must have PhD. Earlier, a candidate with a postgraduate degree was considered for getting an appointment in a university. The candidate had to clear the National Eligibility Test conducted by the CBSE. An assistant professor, under the new regulations, can also get promoted to the position of professor in colleges also. Former Union minister P Chidambaram's son Karti controlled two firms which allegedly received Rs 1.16 crore as bribe money in the Aircel-Maxis money laundering case, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) today said in its charge sheet filed before a Delhi court. Though the name of P Chidambaram, who was also quizzed recently by the CBI and the ED in the INX media and the Aircel-Maxis money laundering cases respectively, was mentioned in the charge sheet, the Congress veteran has not been arrayed as an accused in the probe report which would now be considered by the court on July 4. The ED filed the charge sheet before Additional Sessions Judge Ruby Alka Gupta for consideration and subsequent issuance of summons to the accused including Karti. The probe report said the payments of Rs 26 lakh to Advantage Strategic Consultancies Private Limited (ASCPL) and Rs 90 lakh to Chess Management Services Pvt Limited (CMSPL) respectively were made as alleged bribe money by parent company of Aircel Ltd, namely Aircel Televentures Ltd (ATVL) and Maxis and its associate Malaysian companies respectively. Referring to contents of the charge sheet, special public prosecutors Nitesh Rana and N K Matta said that Karti was controlling ASCPL and CMSPL, the alleged beneficiaries of bribe amount of Rs 1.16 crore, and Karti was trying to project this as untainted money. The probe agency also made it clear that it may file supplementary charge sheets in the case which apparently keeps open the chances of arraying more persons as accused. Apart from Karti, the agency has also named ASCPL and its directors Padma Bhaskararamana and Ravi Viswanathan, and CMSPL and its director Annamalai Palaniappa in the charge sheet under section 4 (punishment for money laundering) of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). “Investigation carried out under the PMLA so far has revealed that Karti P Chidambaram is linked with individuals and companies involved in financial transaction and companies holding such companies as per diagram... “Investigation has revealed that ASCPL and CMSPL are controlled and owned by Karti Chidambaram and his close associate S Bhaskararaman. Investigation has further revealed that ASCPL received money from ATVL, parent company of Aircel Ltd., in close proximity to receipt to FIPB (Foreign Investment Promotion Board),” the charge sheet, filed through advocate A R Aditya, said. It alleged that Karti received Rs 26 lakh from ATVL in ASCPL, on April 11, 2006, immediately after the approval under the head of payment of consultancy services, it said. “Similarly CMSPL received an amount of approximately USD 2,02,447 between period 2007-11 against invoices raised between 2007-09. The payments were received from Maxis and its associates in guise of charges for a software which was designed for use by an Indian company and could not at all of any use by a Malaysian company,” it said. The ED had registered the case under the sections of PMLA on February 7, 2012 on the basis of an FIR registered by the CBI. SNS & PTI JAMMU, 13 JUNE F our Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, including an assistant commandant-rank officer, were killed and three others were injured as Pakistan Rangers opened fire along the International Border in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir in “betrayal” of a truce announced recently, officials said today. The “unprovoked” firing in Ramgarh sector, which began last night, came days after the two border guarding forces, at a sector commander-level meeting on June 4, agreed to maintain peace and tranquillity along the IB. “Since the ceasefire was on...the time we use to strengthen our defences. A team was going with defence material, Pakistan violated the ceasefire and fired at them with flat trajectory weapon followed by mortar firing. That is how the casualty has taken place,” Additional Director General (ADG) of BSF West, ern Command, K N Chaubey, told reporters here. Another team of the BSF led by Assistant Commandant Jitender Singh rushed to evacuate them and a mortar fired from Pakistan's Asraf Post explod- Summit has averted a catastrophe: Trump AGENCIES WASHINGTON, 13 JUNE US President Donald Trump today said his unprecedented summit with Kim Jong-un has averted a “nuclear catastrophe” and thanked the North Korean leader for taking the “first bold step” towards a bright new future for his people. Kim yesterday pledged to work towards “complete denuclearisation” in return for security guarantees from the US as he and Trump wrapped up a historic summit in Singapore. “I want to thank Chairman Kim for taking the first bold step toward a bright new future for his people. Our unprecedented meeting, the first between an American President and a leader of North Korea proves that real change is possible!” Trump said in a series of tweets aboard Air Force One on his way back to Washington DC. “The World has taken a big step back from potential Nuclear catastrophe!” he said. “No more rocket launches, nuclear testing or research! The hostages are back home with their families. Thank you to Chairman Kim, our day together was historic!” North Korea had declared earlier this year that since it had achieved all it wanted with regard to its nuclear programme, it would suspend its tests. Since then, Pyongyang has closed down two test sites. Trump announced yesterday that Kim had informed him that he would be shutting down a third, one that tested missile engines. The US President said there was “no limit to what NoKo (North Korea) can achieve when it gives up its nuclear weapons and embraces commerce & engagement with the world. “Chairman Kim has before him the opportunity to be remembered as the leader who ushered in a glorious new era of security & prosperity for his citizens!” Trump said in another tweet. Trump described his Singapore trip as a “truly amazing” visit. “Great progress was made on the denuclearisation of North Korea. Hostages are back home, will be getting the remains of our great heroes back to their families, no missiles shot, no research happening, sites closing...,” he said. “Got along great with Kim Jong-un who wants to see wonderful things for his country. As I said earlier today: Anyone can make war, but only the most courageous can make peace!” Trump said in another tweet. Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo headed for Seoul and then to Beijing to brief S Korean and Chinese counterparts on the summit meeting between Trump and Kim. Soon after the Singapore summit concluded, Pompeo called his counterparts in South Korea and Japan to brief them of the talks. Kim invited Trump to visit North Korea during their historic summit and the US President accepted, Pyongyang state media reported today, calling it the start of a “radical switchover” in the nucleararmed Cold War foes' fraught relations. The unprecedented encounter in Singapore saw the leader of the world's most powerful democracy shake hands with the third generation scion of a dynastic dictatorship, standing as equals in front of their nations' flags. Editorial: A watershed moment, P8 J&K CM expresses anguish and grief SRINAGAR, 13 JUNE Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today expressed deep anguish and grief over the death of four BSF personnel, including an officer, in firing by Pakistan Rangers in the Ramgarh sector of Samba district. Four BSF personnel, including an assistant commandant-rank officer, were killed and three others injured in firing by Pakistan Rangers along the International Border in the Samba district. Paying rich tributes to the slain personnel, the Chief Minister iterated her demand for cessation of hostilities along the ed close to them at the Chamliyal Border Out Post, resulting in fatal causalities, he said. The BSF ADG said that it was very unfortunate and “the ceasefire announcement made and agreed is to be honoured”. “We have honoured it and Pakistan has not honoured it. And what Pakistan does is Pakistan's busi- borders to protect lives and properties of border people who, have been caught in a distressing situation of past few months which has put them to vulnerability. Mehbooba said the suspension of operations elsewhere in the state has given the people a sigh of relief and hoped the same is extended to the borders and an atmosphere of peace returns PTI to these areas. ness and how we respond to betrayal is our job,” he said. Assistant Commandant Jitender Singh, SI Rajneesh, ASI Ramniwas and Constable Hansraj were killed in the Pakistani firing. Eleven BSF troops have been killed in cross-border firing incidents along the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir till date in 2018, the highest casualty figure for the border force in a year in the past five years, the latest data revealed. Amid anti-Pakistan sloganeering, BSF personnel paid tributes to their four colleagues at a wreath laying ceremony organised at the force's frontier headquarters at Paloura in Jammu. Asked whether the BSF would lodge a protest with Pakistan, the BSF ADG said, “Of course, it would.” He asserted that it was premature to say if Pakistan Army's special operation team BAT was involved in the attack. In a statement, the BSF said, “Around 2140 hours Pak Rangers Post Asraf started unprovoked firing on BOP Chamliyal with flat and high trajectory weapons. Retaliating this unprovoked fire, Jitender Singh, Assistant Commandant, SI Rajneesh, ASI Ramniwas, Constable Hansraj attained martyrdom. Three other bordermen received severe injuries. Injured BSF personnel have been evacuated to hospital.” The firing continued till 4.30 am. In a tweet, Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) S P Vaid expressed condolences. Kejriwal’s sit-in continues, Yashwant joins AAP rally JUNAID KATHJU NEW DELHI, 13 JUNE Amid the raging battle between the Arvind Kejriwal government and the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal over IAS officers' "nearly four-month-old strike" in Delhi, thousands of activists of the ruling AAP marched on Wednesday to the LG's office where Chief Minister Kejriwal and his three senior cabinet colleagues have been on an indefinite sit-in protest since Monday evening. Former Union finance minister Yashwant Sinha, who resigned from the BJP recently, also joined the AAP's rally outside CM Kejriwal's Civil Lines residence here this afternoon before the AAP leaders and workers started their protest march towards the LG's office. Addressingtherally,Sinha reportedly expressed solidarity with Kejriwal and the AAP in their "struggle". If ex-prime minister Atal Former Union minister Yashwant Sinha addresses an AAP rally outside CM Arvind Kejriwal's residence in the AMARJEET SINGH Capital on Wednesday. Behari Vajpayee were PM today, he would have directed the Union home minister to find a solution to the Delhi crisis, but the present dispensation was "sleeping", Sinha charged. He said the entire country was concerned with the crisis gripping Delhi, adding "It would be better for the country if a solution to the crisis in Delhi is found at the earliest." The sit-in by Kejriwal and his Ministers at Raj Niwas' waiting room over their demands entered the third day on Wednesday, with Deputy CM Manish Sisodia joining Health Minister Satyendar Jain in an indefinite hunger strike there from this morning. Kejriwal, Sisodia, Jain, and Gopal Rai had gone to meet LG Baijal at 5.30 pm on Monday to press for their three demands ~ a direction to Delhi's IAS officers to endtheir"nearlyfour-monthold strike", action against officers who have been on such a strike, and approval of doorstep delivery of rations. TURN TO PAGE 7 Spain chop off the head as Hierro replaces Lopetegui 2 lynched in J’khand over ‘cattle theft’ ED MALYON AGENCIES MOSCOW, 13 JUNE They broke the mould by winning the European Championship without a striker and now Spain must go one step further and win theWorld Cup without their manager. Julen Lopetegui had his Spain contract terminated onWednesday morning after being announced as Real Madrid’s new head coach on Tuesday afternoon. Tuesday was a wild day in Madrid, where Florentino Perez rang the Spanish FA (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales just five minutes before announcing Lopetegui’s hire. At that point, Rubiales was in Moscow for the Fifa con- gress but immediately stormed out of his hotel and took a late flight to Spain’s base in the southern city of Krasnodar. “We thank Julen for all he has done,” said Rubiales on Wednesday, by now somewhat calmer, “but we are forced to dismiss him.” In 24 hours, Spain had gone from being one of the favourites for the World Cup - a perfectly-balanced squad, a coach the players knew and trusted, the right mix of youth and experience - to being a headless body flailing around Krasnodar, arms waving, everybody staring. Rubiales’ brief Press conference on Wednesday lunchtime was the end point of that decap- itation process, and he ended his appearance without naming a permanent replacement for the 53-year-old Lopetegui. Whose head they decide to ultimately plonk on the body may be irrelevant, this is as trau- matic a footballing event as you could think of to happen on the eve of the World Cup but particularly so when your first game is on the second day of the tournament against the European Champions. You have to be sure to make this decision and Rubiales certainly seems so, but it doesn’t make him right. “The problem is how things have been done with the total absence of participation of the Spanish Football Federation, that is something we cannot ignore, Lopetegui is an impeccable professional but the process is important.” Albert Celades had always seemed the most likely candidate to replace Lopetegui for the tournament because he is already part of the setup but they have instead gone for a steadier, more experienced hand in Fernando Hierro technical director of theRFEF . THE INDEPENDENT. 2026 WC in US, Mexico, Canada MOSCOW, 13 JUNE The US, Mexico and Canada will host the 2026 World Cup after a clear victory over underdogs Morocco in a vote by FIFA member nations today. The joint North American bid received 134 of the 203 votes, while Morocco polled 65 in the ballot at a FIFA Congress held in Moscow on the eve of the 2018 World Cup. It means global football's showpiece event will return to the North American continent for the first time since 1994 when the US hosted the tournament. Bid leader Carlos Cordeiro said his team was “humbled by the trust our colleagues in the FIFA family have put in our bid”. He said the tournament had an opportunity to put football “on a new and sustainable path for generations to come.” It will be the first World Cup to be expanded to 48 teams, posing an enormous logistical challenge for the hosts. US President Donald Trump tweeted: “The U.S., together with Mexico and Canada, just got the World Cup. Congrats - a great deal of AFP hard work!” GODDA (JHARKHAND), 13 JUNE Two Muslim men were allegedly lynched by a group of enraged villagers on suspicion of cattle theft in Jharkhand's Godda district, the police said. DIG (Santal Paragana) Akhilesh Kumar Jha said 5 people had allegedly stolen buffaloes from the house of Munshi Murmu and others in tribal-dominated Dullu village last night. Villagers chased the accused, who were caught in another village with the cattle early today. The enraged villagers thrashed Sirabuddin Ansari, 35, and Murtaza Ansari, 30, to death, Jha said. They also brought their bodies back to Dullu village on bicycles. Four villagers, including Murmu, have been arrested.
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