TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 28 AUGUST 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16|`5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P9 SENSEX 38,694.11 +442.31 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky with moderate rain/thundershowers likely to occur. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 32 and 26 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY POPE SILENT ON CLAIMS HE IGNORED ‘ABUSE’ STALIN FINALLY TO BECOME DMK SUPREMO POLITICAL GAMES OVER RAFALE DEAL P10 NIFTY 11,691.95 +134.85 SINDHU GOING INTO ASIAN GAMES BATTLE FOR GOLD P13 ` vs $ 70.16 -25 PAISE GOLD 28,815.00 +70.00 RSS hits back at Rahul Gandhi P15 SILVER 37,350.00 +50.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 75.93 +0.11 GOLDEN JAVELIN Rahul, Yechury may be invited to RSS event Max. 95% Min. 70% Max: 32.7°C (-1) SUN RISES 05:58 hrs MOON RISES 20:07 hrs Min: 26.5°C (0) SUN SETS 18:47 hrs MOON SETS 08:13 hrs TEMPERATURE THUMBNAILS Goldman appoints Mishra as chief India economist: Leading global investment bank Goldman Sachs on Monday said it has appointed Ms Prachi Mishra as managing director and chief India economist with immediate effect. Ms Mishra will be based in Mumbai, Goldman Sachs said in a release. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Ms Mishra was the deputy division chief of the Western Hemisphere Department at the IMF. She also headed the strategic research unit at the RBI. Companies Act report submitted to FM: A government-appointed panel tasked with reviewing the existing framework dealing with offences under the Companies Act, 2013, submitted its report to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday. The committee headed by Corporate Affairs Secretary Injeti Srinivas has recommended companies declare commencement of business in order to curb shell companies and has also suggested capping independent directors remuneration. EC on Oppn's EVM concern: With a slew of Opposition parties pressing for reverting to ballot papers instead of the existing electronic voting machines (EVMs) for conducting polls, the Election Commission of India, at the all-party meeting on Monday, said that it would provide “satisfactory solution” to their various concerns including those putting a question mark over the credibility P6 of EVMs. SpiceJet operates India's first biofuel-powered p flight from Dehradun to Delhi: SpiceJet on Monday operated India's first test flight powered by biojet fuel, marking a new chapter in the domestic aviation sector. The 45-minute flight from Dehradun to Delhi was operated with a Bombardier Q400 aircraft, partially powered by biojet fuel made from Jatropha plant, according to an official. The flight landed at around 1150 hours in Delhi. With the test flight, India has become one of the few countries to use P5 biofuel for flying planes. SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 27 AUGUST T he RSS which was recently likened to the Islamist outfit Muslim Brotherhood by Congress president Rahul Gandhi today hit back, saying he knew little about India to be able to understand the Sangh. The Congress president's allegation made at the International Institute of Strategic Studies, London, last week invited the wrath of the entire saffron brigade, including the BJP. The RSS, in its first official reaction to Rahul's charge, alleged that the Congress president was ignorant about the point that the Muslim Brotherhood was a "terror outfit". "The entire world today is facing the threat of Islamic fundamentalism. He (Rahul) is unaware... he does not understand the gravity of the situation. That's why he is making such statements," RSS Prachar Pramukh or publicity in-charge Arun Kumar told media persons here. He said Rahul had no idea about the Muslim Brotherhood. Kumar said Rahul did know anything about India and that was why he spoke about the RSS in such a fashion in London. The RSS publicity head also sought to remind the Congress chief about his purported statement in which he admitted that he was still trying to understand India. "One who does not understand India cannot understand the Sangh," Kumar said, adding Rahul was unaware of India's age-old cultural ethos of 'Vasudeva Kutumbakam' (world is one family). Meanwhile, the RSS may invite the Congress president to attend a threeday lecture series by Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat here next month, RSS sources said. The idea is to invite people from different ideologies for the event, a source said, adding that the list is being prepared and may also include CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury. The Congress however said it has not received any invite for its president to attend an RSS event in Delhi next month and would respond to questions on the matter only after an invitation is received. “I do not answer hypothetical, speculative questions... This is purely imaginary at the moment,” Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi told reporters. He said the Congress will come out with a response when it gets an invitation for Gandhi to attend the three-day lecture series by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat. “I have said to you categorically upon checking that we have received no invitation as I speak,” Singhvi reiterated. “As and when we receive an invitation, the Congress party receives an invitation, there will be an appropriate (and) proper response and you all will be shared with that response,” he stressed. (Above) Neeraj Chopra on Monday became the first Indian javelin thrower to win an Asian Games gold medal as he shattered his own national record by clearing a distance of 88.06m. Chopra's gold is India's only second medal in javelin throw in Games history after Gurtej Singh won a bronze in 1982 in Delhi. AFP (Left): In women’s hockey skipper Rani Rampal scored a hat-trick as India outplayed Thailand 5-0 to storm into the semi-finals of the women's hockey competition at the 18th Asian Games. The goals came through Rani (37th, 46th and 56th minutes), Monika (52nd) and Navjot Kaur (SEE PAGE 16) (55th). AFP CoI indicts Gogoi in hotel case PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Army sources said disciplinary action has been recommended against Major Gogoi after a CoI indicted him NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR, 27 AUGUST Maj. Leetul Gogoi, who was at the centre of the 'human shield' controversy, has been indicted by an Army court of inquiry for “fraternising” with a local woman in Srinagar, paving the way for possible court martial, army officers said. Army sources said disciplinary action has been recommended against Maj. Gogoi after an Army court of inquiry (CoI), conducted by a brigadier, indicted him for the Srinagar hotel incident on May 23. The findings of the CoI have been vetted by the General Officer Commanding of the 15 Corps, based in Srinagar. Maj. Gogoi was detained by police follow- ing an altercation at the hotel in Srinagar where he was allegedly trying to enter with an 18-year-old woman. Days later, the Army had ordered the CoI into the incident after Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat said in Pahalgam that exemplary punishment would be given to Maj. Gogoi if he was found guilty of “any offence”. “If any officer of the Indian Army is found guilty of any offence, we will take strictest possible action,” Gen. Rawat had said. Army sources said the CoI has held him accountable for “fraternising” with a local in spite of instructions to the contrary and “being away from the place of duty while in operational area”. The officer, who was at the centre of the human shield row after his decision to tie a civilian to the bonnet of his vehicle in Kashmir last year during stonepelting by a mob, will now face summary of evidence, a process similar to framing of charge sheet. The process is like to take three months. Based on the summary of evidence, to be compiled by “competent authorities”, the Army is likely to decide further action in the case which may include General Court Martial (GCM) or Summary General Court Martial (SGCM). The sources said Maj. Gogoi may face GCM if charges framed against him are serious. The GCM is like a full court, while the proceedings in SGCM are conducted in a much shorter time span and cases are disposed of quickly. Maj. Gogoi had hit the headlines last year after he tied a man to a jeep in Kashmir purportedly as a shield against stone pelters during polling in the Srinagar Lok Sabha by-election on April 9. Criminal defamation case against Rahul Godhra train carnage: 2 more get life term PRESS TRUST OF INDIA AHMEDABAD, 27 AUGUST AHMEDABAD, 27 AUGUST Criminal defamation suits were filed before a local court today against Congresss leaders Rahul Gandhi and Randeep Singh Surjewala by the Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank (ADCB) over their allegation that the bank was involved in a “scam” to convert “Rs 750 crore” within five days of demonetisation in 2016. A plea filed by complainants--the ADCB and its chairman Ajay Patel--contended that the two leaders had levelled “false and defamatory allegations” against the bank. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate S K ‘Crying, stressed’ pilot caused deadly Nepal plane crash: Reveals probe report PRESS TRUST OF INDIA KATHMANDU/DHAKA, 27 AUG The pilot of the US-Bangla plane that crashed in Nepal in March had cried and suffered an emotional breakdown during the flight, according to a report by Nepal's investigators on one of the Himalayan nation's worst aviation accidents. The Dhaka to Kathmandu US-Bangla Airlines flight, with 67 passengers and four crew members on board, caught fire after it careened off the runway and ploughed into a football ground near the Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport on March 12. Fifty-one people were killed in the accident. Captain Abid Sultan was going through tremendous personal mental stress and anxiety, and a series of erro- Gadhvi has ordered a court enquiry into the matter under section 202 of the CrPC(to enquire into the case to decide whether or not there is sufficient ground for proceeding). The matter will be taken up on September 17. Gandhi and Surjewala had reportedly alleged that the ADCB had received deposits of Rs 745.59 crore of demonetised currencies within five days of Prime Minister Narendra Modi announcing the note ban on November 8, 2016. The allegations were made by the Congress leaders Gandhi and Surjewala, days after NABARD had issued a response to an RTI query filed by a Mumbaibased activist. Genocide: Myanmar army chief ‘guilty’ AGENCIES GENEVA, 27 AUGUST neous decisions on his part led to the crash of the flight, according to the details of the official investigation led by the Nepal government, the Kathmandu Post reported. Throughout the flight, Sultan was engaged in erratic behaviour that marked a departure from his usual charactersigns that should have immediately raised red flags, Nepali investigators concluded in the report. Investigators say Sultan had been smoking cigarettes frequently during the hour-long flight from Dhaka to Kathmandu. The former Bangladeshi Air Force pilot, who had clocked more than 5,500 flying hours, had not disclosed to the airlines that he was a smoker, leading investigators to conclude that Sultan was undergoing severe mental stress inside the cockpit, the report said. “When we analysed the conversation on the Cockpit Voice Recorder, it was clear to us that the captain was harbouring severe mental stress. He also seemed to be fatigued and tired due to lack of sleep,” investigators wrote in the report. “He was crying on several occasions,” the report added. The report also shows that Sultan made multiple abusive statements toward a female colleague (another co-pilot in the company) who had questioned his reputation as an instructor, and their relationship was a major topic of discussion throughout the flight, it said. The voice recorder has captured nearly an hour-long conversation between the captain and his co-pilot in the cockpit, further demonstrating Sultan's tensed mood throughout the flight and a complete lack of situational awareness. “I don't f---ing care about safe flight, you f--- your duty,” Sultan said at one point inside the cockpit, according to the report. It was not clear whom the pilot was directing the statement at, as the co-pilot was the only crew member present inside the cockpit during the flight. At one point during the flight, according to details from the audio recorder, the pilot broke down and said that he was “very upset and hurt by the behaviour of the female colleague” and that “she was the only reason he was leaving the company.” Nepal's only international airport lies in a narrow bowlshaped valley with the Himalayas to the north, making it a challenging place to land. As the flight UBG 211, a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, approached the runway it made a last-minute change of direction, failed to sufficiently reduce its speed and did not carry out the necessary landing checks, investigators said. Nepal has witnessed a number of accidents involving aircraft in recent years. The accident was the deadliest since September 1992 when all 167 people aboard a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane were killed when it crashed near the Kathmandu airport. Two more accused in the 2002 Godhra train carnage incident were awarded life imprisonment by a special SIT court here today, taking the total number of convictions in the case to 33. Fifty-nine 'karsevaks' were killed in the Godhra train burning incident of February 27, 2002, triggering the worst communal riots in the history of Gujarat in which over 1,000 people, mostly belonging to the minority community, were killed. Special judge H C Vora convicted Farooq Bhana and Imran Sheru and awarded them life sentence. PTI UN investigators called today for Myanmar's army chief to resign and for him and five other top military commanders to be prosecuted in an international court for genocide against the country's Rohingya minority. The call prompted Facebook, which has been criticised for allowing hate speech against the Rohingya to flourish, to ban the army chief and remove other pages tied to the country's military. Some 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled northern Rakhine state to Bangladesh after Myanmar launched a brutal crackdown in August last year on insurgents amid accounts of arson, murder and rape at the hands of soldiers and vigilante mobs in the mainly Buddhist coun- Myanmar has vehemently denied allegations of ethnic cleansing, insisting it was responding to Rohingya attacks try. Myanmar has vehemently denied allegations of ethnic cleansing, insisting it was responding to attacks by Rohingya rebels. But today, a UN-backed fact-finding mission into violations in Myanmar said the country's “top military generals, including Commander-in-Chief SeniorGeneral Min Aung Hlaing, must be investigated and prosecuted for genocide in the north of Rakhine State.” They should also be investigated and prosecuted for “crimes against humanity and war crimes” against the Rohingya in SEE PAGE 13 Rakhine.
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