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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.

#  Coast all set for annual trawling ban

It will come into effect from midnight of June 9
As the annual monsoon trawling ban comes into effect from the midnight of June 9, the district administration has joined hands with other enforcement agencies to ensure that there are no violations of the ban.

On June 9 announcements will be made in the sea during morning hours and the same will be repeated on the coast in the afternoon. At midnight trawling boats will be shifted to the eastern part of the Neendakara bridge, where they will stay chained to the beams till the ban ends.

Fuel pumps to be closed

The Fisheries Department and Marine Enforcement will be monitoring various parts of Ashtamudi Lake and stringent action will be taken against illegal trawlers. While all other fuel pumps will be closed during the time.

In order to maintain law and order and keep vigil during the period, the police will be deployed in coastal areas and harbours. While the Fisheries Department and Marine Enforcement will make all arrangements at the Azheekkal harbour to implement the ban, the Harbour Engineering Department will upgrade the amenities at the harbour.

Boats that had ventured into the sea before the ban can unload and sell their catch near the Shaktikulangara diesel bunk. During the ban only non-motorised country boats and fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP) boats will be allowed into the sea. The Kerala Swatantra Matsyathozhilali Federation had earlier made a demand that the fishermen who operated motorised country boats be allowed to go up to 34 nautical miles instead of the current 12 nautical miles.

Another demand of traditional fishermen is extension of trawling ban to 90 days and prohibition of mechanised crafts with ring seine nets in coastal waters during the ban. Fishermen who become jobless during the time will be given financial assistance and free ration. The 52-day ban ends on July 31.

# 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.

#  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.

#  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.

#  Jallikattu champs, born in Karnataka

Drought-hit farmers rescued by the popularity of their bulls in Tamil Nadu
Vishnuvardhan, Sudeep, Darshan Thoogudeepa, Yash and ‘Duniya’ Vijay are not only popular Kannada film stars — all of them are also sturdy bulls from Karnataka that are taking Tamil Nadu’s jallikattu by storm, with some of them selling for as much as Rs. 12 lakh, and earning their breeders a neat profit.

The bulls, reared and trained in the semi-arid Shikaripur taluk of Shivamogga district, have acquired a reputation for agility, speed and sturdiness. They are in great demand in Tamil Nadu following the resumption of jallikattu in the State.

Shikaripur’s racing bulls are fetching almost double the money the farmers invested in purchasing the calves and rearing and training it.

Trained for local sport

The bulls get trained in the local bull-catching sport, ‘Hori Habba.’ In Shikaripur taluk alone, more than 120 ‘Hori Habba’ events are held between Deepavali and Sankranthi. The sport involves making bulls of the ‘Amruth Mahal’ and ‘Hallikar’ breeds run in the ring. Whoever succeeds in catching or taming them wins. Kumaranna, a farmer from Gandhi Nagar village of Shikaripur, said it costs him around Rs. 12,000 a month to keep the bull fighting fit. Four years ago, he bought a six-month-old male Hallikar calf for Rs. 50,000. Recently, he sold it to a jallikattu enthusiast from Tamil Nadu’s Vellore district for Rs. 12 lakh. Another bull reared by Zakir Saab in Narasapura was sold to a buyer from Alanganallur in Madurai district for Rs. 11 lakh.

Nandan Sommananavar, who is doing research on ‘Hori Habba’ at Kuvempu University, said that in the past six months, enthusiasts from Tamil Nadu bought more than 60 bulls from Shikaripur. The bulls are typically named after Kannada films ( Mylari , Raja Huli , Tagaru , Hathavadi , Saarathi ) and film stars.

Mahesh, a breeder from Shikaripur taluk told The Hindu that bulls from Bhadrapur, Jakkanahalli, Indihalli, and Manchikoppa villages have been sold to buyers from Tamil Nadu. The farmers of Shikaripur, who had suffered losses due to three years of drought, have been able to make good money from their bulls, he said.

#  DMO issues alert against dengue outbreak

People advised to keep surroundings free of waterlogging
With the monsoon gaining steam, the District Medical Officer (DMO) has issued an alert against dengue outbreak.

People have been advised to keep houses, offices, and surrounding areas free of waterlogging.

Rainwater getting collected in containers acts as a reservoir for mosquitoes to breed and multiply. Hence, it is important that people hold a weekly ‘dry day’ when they clean up house premises.

Call for caution

Besides, pineapple, rubber and cocoa farmers should see to it that water does not get collected even in small quantities in fields.

People should watch out for water getting collected in unused tyres, folded tarpaulin sheets, garden pots, sunshades, and construction sites. Symptomatic treatments are available for dengue. A second dengue attack could be fatal, said a statement issued by the DMO.

#  EC teams find no bogus voters in M.P.

Based on the reports submitted by two teams constituted to probe the Congress’s allegations that there were at least 60 lakh bogus voters listed in Madhya Pradesh, the Election Commission has not found any substance in the charges.

A delegation of Congress leaders, led by Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia, had recently met the Election Commission to raise the issue. Subsequently, the Election Commission set up two teams for verification, covering the constituencies of Narela and Bhojpur, and Hoshangabad and Seoni-Malwa respectively.

“It seems the complaint referred to the figure of about 68 lakh duplicate entries in the State that were identified by the Commission in 2016. Thereafter, the records have been corrected in most cases. The process is under way and by the State Assembly polls, the remaining discrepancies are expected to be resolved,” said an official. During the visit, one of the EC teams detected very small number of such entries, which are further being verified.

#  J&K to get 2 new border battalions

Describing the border residents of Jammu and Kashmir as “a strategic asset,” Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday announced the raising of two exclusive border battalions of the State police.

He also said five battalions of the Indian Reserve Police and two women’s battalions of the State police would be raised with 60% reservation for border residents.

“Pakistan has been shelling the International Border (IB) heavily [in recent times]. I have assessed the situation and ordered border-specific measures to improve the preparedness. The border residents are our strategic assets. I was happy to see their confidence,” said Mr. Singh.

The Minister also announced an enhanced compensation package for the border residents. He concluded his two-day visit to the State, by visiting Kupwara in the Kashmir Valley in the morning and the border areas in Jammu later in the day.

Mr. Singh was accompanied by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh to Kupwara, officials said.

#  Resignation of YSRCP MPs will have to wait

Byelections for the five LS seats in A.P. vacated by the YSRCP 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 LS 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.

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

#  Jan Lokpal Bill still stuck within Delhi govt.: BJP

The BJP on Friday demanded an apology in the Delhi Assembly from Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who had on Wednesday told the House that the Jan Lokpal Bill was with the Centre. In fact, official records show that the file on the Bill is stuck between two Delhi government departments.

#  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.

Source:- The Hindu

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