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#  Naxals were plotting to kill PM, say police

Hinting at a threat to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a letter allegedly retrieved from the house of activist Rona Wilson, arrested for having Maoist links, talks of “another Rajiv Gandhi-type incident,” the Pune police submitted before the sessions court here.

The police on Wednesday arrested Dalit activist-publisher Sudhir Dhawale from Mumbai, human rights lawyer Surendra Gadling, tribal activist Mahesh Raut, Nagpur University English Professor Shoma Sen and Rona Wilson in New Delhi. They were arrested for their alleged links with top Naxals, their role in organising the ‘Elgaar Parishad’ and the Bhima-Koregaon violence in January.

In their submission on Thursday, the police claimed to have seized a letter from Mr. Wilson’s New Delhi house in which the Maoists, among other things, talk about “the requirement of Rs. 8 crore for an annual supply of M-4 carbines and four lakh rounds [of ammunition].” The letter also allegedly speaks about organising another Rajiv Gandhi-type “incident” by “targeting his [Mr. Modi’s] road shows,” special public prosecutor Ujjwala Pawar told the court.

“We are thinking along the lines of another Rajiv Gandhi incident. It sounds suicidal and there is a chance that we might fail but we feel that the party PB/CC [Polit Bureau/Central Committee] must deliberate on our proposal,” the letter, quoted by Ms. Pawar, said.

While seeking the remand of the accused, Ms. Pawar quoted from another letter, allegedly seized from Mr. Wilson’s residence, to show that funds for the ‘Elgaar Parishad’ and other activities were “provided by the Maoists to a member, Sudhir, for the Koregaon-Bhima task, while other members, Shoma and Surendra, were authorised to fund future programmes.”

Letters ‘fabricated’

The defence counsel argued that the documents submitted by the prosecution were fabricated by the authorities. “These letters are a vague submission. The veracity of their contents and authorship are yet to be proven,” said advocate Tosif Shaikh.

#  Rain brings down huge tree branch in city

With heavy rain and gusty winds lashing coastal areas since Thursday evening, a huge branch of a peepul tree in front of the historic Mangaladevi temple in Mangaluru fell on Friday evening resulting in injury to a 49-year-old man.

According to eye-witness accounts, the huge branch of the tree at the Nagarakatte fell at around 7 p.m. just after a spell of heavy rain of 30 minutes. There were brief spells of heavy rain throughout the day.

The branch fell on the portion of a metal roofing in the courtyard of the temple. The portion of the metal roofing came down along with the falling branch.

“The sound resembled the fall of coconuts. My son alerted me in time and three vendors and I ran to a corner just as the metal roofing came down,” said flower vendor Malati. She was among the vendors selling flowers under the portion of metal roofing that came down. “We were all saved because of the metal roof,” she said.

The police said that Praveen Suvarna (49), who was selling a few articles outside the temple, suffered an injury on his right leg. He was moved to a private hospital in Kankanady for treatment.

The police came to the spot along with Fire and Emergency Services personnel who arrived with a fire tender. The Mangaluru City Corporation officials, who were overseeing the road work at Mahakalipadpu, rushed to the spot with a crane and other rescue material. It took more than two hours to clear the debris.

Residents said that following the fall of a small branch of the peepul tree a week ago, they had asked temple authorities to prune it. The temple authorities failed to act, the residents said.

Meanwhile, heavy rain continued to pour on the coast even as the India Meteorological Department has warned heavy to very heavy rain in the region for the next five days.

#  Students stage dharna for free bus passes

Scores of students from different schools and colleges took out a protest march in Dharwad on Friday seeking issue of free bus passes to all students as announced by the previous Congress government.

Taking out the protest march under the aegis of All India Democratic Youth Organisation(AIDYO) and All India Democratic Students Organisation (AIDSO), the protesting students staged a dharna in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Dharwad.

Addressing the protesters, district president of AIDSO Sharanu Gonvar said that although a few days ago Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy had said that the government would soon take a decision on the issue of free bus passes after talks with officials of Transport Department nothing had been done so far.

Now, with the academic year beginning, students were left in a state of confusion as the officials of the Transport Department were asking them to pay full fees for the bus passes. In a way, the government had cheated the students, he said.

Mr. Sharanu pointed out that the Congress, which was now part of a coalition government, had announced free bus passes to all students, when it was in power. And, now, it was its responsibility also to take up the issue and ensure that the coalition government took steps in the interest of the students.

The previous government had made a budgetary allocation of Rs. 836.98 crore for issuing free bus passes to 19.60 lakh students, he said. But hiding this fact, the officials of the Transport Department had wrongly informed the Chief Minister that they needed an additional Rs. 700 crore to implement the scheme. However, the fact was that they might only need a small additional allocation for free bus passes, he said. Later, submitting a memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister to the officials of the district administration, the protesting students demanded that the government allow them to use the bus passes issued last year till the government took a final decision on the issue. They also demanded bus passes for the academic year for those students who studied under the semester system.

#  Resignation of YSRCP MPs will have to wait

Bypolls for 5 Lok Sabha seats ruled out
Byelections for the five Lok Sabha seats in Andhra Pradesh vacated by the YSR Congress Party MPs is now ruled out, with Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan leaving on a 10-day foreign tour without accepting their resignations.

The rules under the Representation of the People Act, 1951 stipulate that no byelections can be held if the Lok Sabha elections are less than a year away.

Ms. Mahajan left on Friday on a 10-day tour leading a Parliamentary delegation to Belarus, Finland and Latvia. She will return on June 18.

“Accepting the resignations is anyway just a symbolic exercise, since the byelections cannot be held. She will accept the resignations once she is back in capital,” a senior official at the Speaker’s office said.

The MPs had first resigned on April 6. The Speaker did not react for more than a month. She then called them on May 29, but only tried to dissuade them from quitting.

She refused to accept their resignations and instead asked them to review their decision and return to her in a few days.

The MPs once again met her this Wednesday and re-submitted their resignations.

The Telugu Desam Party has said that it is a fixed match between the BJP and the YSR Congress Party who orchestrated the delay to ensure that no byelections are held.

#  Modi likely to take the spirit of Wuhan to Qingdao

SCO summit expected to reject pursuit of ‘unilateralism’
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in a two-day summit of the eight- nation Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) at the weekend, riding on the bonhomie generated by the Wuhan informal summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and an extended one-on-one dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi.

“When we were preparing for the summit, we asked the Prime Minister, whether he would like to have another separate meeting with President Xi on the sidelines of the SCO summit, so soon after an intensive late-April dialogue in Wuhan. Mr. Modi’s answer was an emphatic yes,” an official source, who did not wish to be named, told The Hindu .

The official said that Mr. Modi’s talks in Sochi with President Putin were also “highly important.”

Russia, China and India were likely to emerge as the core of the SCO, after New Delhi and Islamabad joined the grouping last year, and would be participating as full SCO members for the first time in Qingdao. But it was also imperative that the importance of the four Central Asian Republics — Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan — were not undermined in the expanded SCO, the official observed.

In an interview with China Central Television (CCTV) ahead of the Qingdao summit, India’s ambassador to China Gautam Bambawale elaborated on the importance of the Wuhan summit. “As a result of their discussions in Wuhan, the two leaders have arrived at … the first and most important consensus [which] is that India and China are partners in progress and economic development.” “The second most important consensus is that there are many more commonalities than differences... Of course, there are some differences but we will also work at the differences to ensure that the two countries will continue to progress together.”

Analysts point out that the “America-first” doctrine of U.S. President Donald Trump, which was getting translated into rising protectionism and threat of trade wars, had provided an important subtext to the Wuhan summit.

In his interview, Mr. Bambawale was emphatic that the SCO summit in Qingdao would reject anti-globalisation and pursuit of “unilateralism.” “I think one of the important points that will come out is that unilateralism is not necessary in today’s world. Multilateralism, learning to live with each other, is the important message, which will come from Qingdao,” he said.

#  Haryana puts on hold tax on sportspersons

The State government notification issued over a month ago has triggered a controversy
Amid a raging controversy over the Haryana Sports Department’s over-a-month-old notification asking sportspersons to deposit a certain part of their income from professional sports and commercial endorsements to the State exchequer, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday put the order on hold.

While assuring just consideration of all issues affecting sportspersons and saying the State was proud of their immense contribution, Mr. Khattar in a tweet said: “I have asked for the relevant file of Sports Department to be shown to me & the notification dated 30th April to be put on hold till further orders.”

According to the order, sportspersons who are accorded “leave without pay” for participation in professionpal sports or commercial endorsements need to deposit one-third of their income from these engagements to the Haryana State Sports Council for development of sports. However, in case a sportsperson is treated on duty with prior approval of the competent authority during the said engagement, he will need to deposit the entire amount.

The controversy flared up after a few prominent sportspersons from the State took to Twitter during the day to slam the government for the controversial order following reports in a section of the media.

‘Irrational orders’

In a scathing attack, Olympic medallist wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, in an obvious reference to Principal Secretary, Sports and Youth Affairs Department, Ashok Khemka, in a tweet said the officer had been issuing “irrational orders” since he was posted in the department and would be cent percent successful in bringing about the downfall of sports in the State.

Mr. Dutt told The Hindu over phone that the government had no role in the making of sportspersons and hence cannot claim their income.

In a tweet, another Commonwealth Games gold medallist and renowned wrestler Babita Phogat said sportspersons were no longer the pride of the State and have become a liability.

#  YSRCP resignation saga continues

Bypolls for 5 Lok Sabha seats ruled out
Byelections for the five Lok Sabha seats in Andhra Pradesh vacated by the YSR Congress Party MPs is now ruled out, with Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan leaving on a 10-day foreign tour without accepting their resignations.

The rules under the Representation of the People Act, 1951 stipulate that no byelections can be held if the Lok Sabha elections are less than a year away.

Ms. Mahajan left on Friday on a 10-day tour leading a Parliamentary delegation to Belarus, Finland and Latvia. She will return on June 18.

“Accepting the resignations is anyway just a symbolic exercise, since the byelections cannot be held. She will accept the resignations once she is back in capital,” a senior official at the Speaker’s office said.

The MPs had first resigned on April 6. The Speaker did not react for more than a month. She then called them on May 29, but only tried to dissuade them from quitting. She refused to accept their resignations and instead asked them to review their decision and return to her in a few days.

The TDP has said that it is a fixed match between the BJP and the YSRCP who orchestrated the delay to ensure that no byelections are held. “They fear a repeat of the Nandyal byelections and Kakinada municipal polls, where we won with a good margin. So it is only obvious that they would want to delay the bypolls,” TDP MP Kesineni Srinivas said.

#  Reduce number of holidays: Hampana

Hampa Nagarajaiah, writer and researcher, said here on Friday that it was essential to reduce the number of holidays as it affected the progress of the country. So too, the use of microphones in religious centres in the country should be stopped, he added.

#  Minimum wages raised by Rs. 6 a day in Rajasthan

The minimum wages have been increased by Rs. 6 a day in Rajasthan following a proposal to revise the surcharge imposed on stamp duty, which is spent on welfare and protection of cows. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje made the announcement during her visit to Sawai Madhopur district over the weekend.

#  Disgruntled Cong. leaders summoned to Delhi

After three days of tough posturing between the Karnataka Congress leadership and disgruntled legislators over the “contentious” Cabinet expansion, action has shifted to the national capital, where top leaders from both the State unit and the AICC will hold talks to iron out the differences.


Source:- The Hindu

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