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Next up, a ‘World Dance League’ 1 dead in clashes in Valley after Eid prayers, attack on CRPF checkpost Police say youth died as grenade he was carrying exploded in hand THE CITY ● CM VISITS VIRGIN HYPERLOOP ONE SITE, PAGE 4 ● WORLD CUP EXCITEMENT GRIPS FOOTBALL FAN CLUBS, PAGE 4 BASHAARAT MASOOD In Battle Delhi, four Oppn CMs open a new front, back AAP NITI meet today, TMC finds common cause with CPM; JD(S), TDP join in SRINAGAR, JUNE 16 A CIVILIAN was killed and more than 20 people were injured, including security personnel, as protests broke out following Eid prayers at several places in Kashmir on Saturday. In a separate incident, a CRPF personnel was injured when militants opened fire on a checkpoint on the outskirts of Srinagar city. Whilepolicesaid18-year-old Sheeraz Ahmad was killed in Anantnag town when a grenade he was carrying exploded in his hand, doctors at the hospital where he was brought said he had been hit by pellets in the neck. Hundreds of youths hit the streets after Eid prayers at AshajiporainAnantnag,clashing with police and paramilitary forces and throwing stones at them. Ahmad was a resident of Brakpora in Anantnag. In a statement, police said, “Preliminary investigation reveals that a hand grenade exploded resulting in the death of Sheeraz Ahmad due to splinter injuries. His right hand got fully CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 KEJRIWAL PROTEST Eid prayers in Srinagar on Saturday. Reuters Wary of stone-pelters, Home Ministry seeks ‘full-body protectors’ for troops RAHUL TRIPATHI NEW DELHI, JUNE 16 THE UNION Home Ministry has come out with new specificationsfor‘full-bodyprotectors’for its paramilitary troops, seeking suits that are “resistant to chemicals such as kerosene, petrol, diesel and Molotov cocktail liquid”andableto“withstandtemperatures of minus 20 degrees Celsiusto55degreesCelsius”for up to five hours. Officials said while the suits would come in handy in all riotlikesituations,theneedforitwas primarily felt due to the stonepelting faced by CRPF men in Kashmir.TheCRPFistheleadsecurity force deployed to undertake law and order and counterinsurgency operations in J&K, along with the police and Army. While the CRPF already has a few full body protectors in J&K, these are far from enough. Over 3,000 CRPF personnel have been injured in stone-pelting incidents and attacks by mobs in the Valley. This year, more than 600 incidents of stone-peltinghadbeenrecorded before the May 16 suspension of operations for Ramzan. There were2,808recordedincidentsof stone-pelting against security forces in 2016, and 1,198 till November 2017. The body protectors that the HomeMinistryislookingforwill have chest protectors, shoulder pads, upper arm guards, elbow and forearm guards, groin and shin guards. There would be threesizes,small,medium,large, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ANIRUDDHA GHOSAL & ARANYA SHANKAR NEW DELHI, JUNE 16 FOUR NON-CONGRESS Opposition chief ministers on Saturday rallied behind Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in New Delhi, whose sit-in protest against Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal entered the sixth day. The chief ministers of Andhra Pradesh,WestBengal,Keralaand Karnataka urged the Centre to “rise above politics”, solve the “constitutional crisis” and not “restrict the federal system”. A day before the NITI Aayog meeting Sunday, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair,WestBengalChief Minister Mamata Banerjee joined hands with Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, Vijayan, Naidu, Banerjee and Kumaraswamy at Kejriwal’s residence in New Delhi on Saturday evening. Prem Nath Pandey Andhra CM N Chandrababu Naidu and Karnataka Chief Minister M Kumaraswamy to address a press conference at Kejriwal’s residence in New Delhi. They also said they would speak to Modi during tea at the NITI Aayog meeting and ask for the issue to be solved. The open support of four CMs for Kejriwal is also a significant signal for the Congress, which hopes to anchor the antiBJP opposition at the national level. So far, the Congress has been critical of the AAP and Kejriwal’s sit-in protest in New India seeks answers Concert, dinner, gift hampers on way to DDCA polls as Seychelles backs out of military base NIHAL KOSHIE NEW DELHI, JUNE 16 SHUBHAJIT ROY & SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, JUNE 16 TEN DAYS before he arrives in India, New Delhi has sought a clarification from Seychelles President Danny Faure on his June 4 statement that the development of a military base on Assumption Island by India “will not move forward”, sources told The Indian Express. Indian diplomats in Seychelles are trying to find out the intent and meaning of Faure’s statement, made at a live press conference in Victoria. The Seychelles News Agency had quoted him as saying, “In next year’s budget, we will put funds for us to build a coast guard facility on Assumption ourselves. It is important for us to ensure that we have a military post in this area.” Sources said that while Seychelles funding its own coast guard facility was not an issue, India is hoping it would not be kept out of a project, envisaged as a 20-year agreement, that it sees as crucial to its strategic in- terests — particularly given China’s growing influence in the area. The Assumption Island is situated southwest of the Seychelles main island of Mahe, and falls in the Indian Ocean maritime routes. Faureisscheduledtocometo India around June 25 on a State visit to India. According to the Seychelles News Agency, the President also said that the military base issue would not be up for discussion in the meeting he holds with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his trip. Faure has met Modi twice in the last three months, on the sidelines of the International Solar Alliance Summit in Delhi in early March and at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in midApril. Sources said that at the time he had assured that he was tryingtotideoverthechallenges to the project, which has been facing domestic opposition. As first reported by The Indian Express, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhalehadalsomadeanunannounced visit to Seychelles on May14-15,reportedlytoironout CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEARLY 1,800 Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) members will be at the Siri Fort Auditorium Monday evening in New Delhi for an Adnan Sami concert. But before the singer and composer, credited with multiple Bollywood hits, takes stage Vikas Singh, Supreme Court lawyer and a presidential candidate for the upcoming DDCA elections, will feature in a slideshowshowcasinghisvision about cricket development. The slideshow comes a week after supporters of India TV owner Rajat Sharma, another presidential candidate and Singh’s rival, hosted a “drinks and dinner” evening for the samemembersattheRoshanara Club. That party had ended with a promise of a bigger bash at a five-star hotel. In between, there was a tea party, called chai pe charcha, hosted by former India all-rounder Madan Lal, also in the DDCA poll fray. Withcandidatesdesperateto outdo each other, no cost has been spared to win the all-important honorary posts at the Contender Vikas Singh is hosting an Adnan Sami show DDCA, that come with special match-day perks and instant elevation in the social circuit. The election will be held June 30. In the first BCCI unit election after the Supreme Court asked cricket bodies to implement Justice RM Lodha’s reforms, poll spendinghashitanewhigh.The end of proxy systems has made every member important and the campaign expensive. Singh, also president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, says “world class singer Sami” will ensure the undivided attention of the members and a captive audience for himself. “It is costing me a little bit of money, but it is a better option than having dinner and drinks because there is no control over when people will come and leave. My priorities are transparency in se- lection and facilities for members. There are all kinds of wrongdoings going on in the DDCA,” he says. Singh also leads the ‘DDCA’s Members’ Front’. Former DDCA treasurer Ravinder Manchanda, whose brother Rajan is a joint secretary candidate in Rajat Sharma’s panel, says the drinks and dinner evening was a way to create an impression. “It is a show of strength. If we get a good crowd, it shows there is a wave in our favour,” he says. Anothercontestingmember, who owns a sweet shop in Old CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Delhi, where it hopes to make a political comeback. Before arriving at Kejriwal’s residence Saturday evening, the fourCMswerenotgivenpermission to meet either the Delhi CM or Lt Governor and sources said that they were discussing the NITIAayogmeeting,theongoing situation at Delhi and the upcoming elections for the deputy chairperson for the Rajya Sabha, a post that will be vacated on June 30. “The TMC is likely to float a candidate and will look for CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INSIDE ● ‘DOES LOVING HINDUS MEAN HATING MUSLIMS’, P6 Jalgaon Dalit teens recount horror: We ran to a safe spot but were stripped, beaten with belt SUSHANT KULKARNI WAKDI (JALGAON), JUNE 16 One of the victims (in pink shirt) with his father in Jalgaon. Sushant Kulkarni LIFE HAS changed for the two Dalit teenagers from Wakdi village, In Maharashtra’s Jalgaon district, since June 10. That was the day the duo — 16 and 17 years old — was allegedly stripped naked and beaten up forswimminginawellonafarm in the village. They were traumatised furtherwhenthevideoof thecrime was circulated on WhatsApp and on social media. “Ontwonightssincethen,he has woken up suddenly, terrified,” the grandmother of one of the youths told The Sunday Express at the family’s home. “I was so ashamed I did not tell anyone about it for more than two days. But someone from my sister's in-laws’ side brought it to my parents’ notice. Weapproachedthepolicelater,” the 16-year-old victim said, standing outside their small house on the village boundary, avoiding eye contact. On June 13, the two main accusedwerearrested—identified as Ishwar Balwant Joshi (30) and Palhad Lohar (22), both belonging to Nomadic Tribe communities. On Saturday, two more people, reportedly not directly involvedinstrippingtheteensand beating them, were arrested for their role in the case. Thetwovictimswereamong a group of about 15 boys from the village who had gone for a swim in the well on Joshi’s farm on the afternoon of June 10. The17-year-oldsaidtheyhad swum in the well on at least two occasions recently before June 10 but were possibly saved by the fact that there was no one on the farm at the time. “That day, Ishwar Joshi and Palhad Lohar appeared when we were swimming,” he said. “By the time they came near the well, we had emerged out of the water and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Spain, Portugal play a draw for the ages, starring a player for all time RORY SMITH SOCHI, JUNE 16 ALL SPAIN’s fans could do, after it was over, was applaud. There was no sense wallowing in disappointment, worrying about what it all might mean. Spain had victory snatched away at the last moment, denied a cathartic moment by its nearest neighbour, and yet there was no bitterness, no sorrow: only admiration, and awe. Sometimes, it is not the winning, but the taking part. There surely must have been a better World Cup group game in the past than the compelling draw between Spain and Portugal on Friday. There has to havebeenoneplayedatahigher standard, one richer in drama and more absorbing. And wherever, and whenever, that game was played, it must have been truly remarkable. Because topping what occurred on Friday is no simple task. Twice, Portugal led. Twice, Spain recovered, before Nacho Fernándezscoredthesortof goal that is supposed to be beyond the skill of a stand-in right back. The goal gave Spain the lead for the first time in the match and put Fernando Hierro, the Spanish coach, on course for an immensevictoryonlyonegame, and two days, into his job. And then Cristiano Ronaldo, yet again, intervened. If Spain’s preparations for this game have been troubled — firing its previous coach, Julen Lopetegui,ontheeveof thetournament for failing to disclose that he was about to take charge at Real Madrid — then Portugal’s have scarcely been better. Several members of the team, which won the European championship in 2016, are on thevergeof rescindingtheirclub contracts, at Lisbon’s Sporting C.P., because of intimidation by 18 Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after his third goal, making it 3-3 vs Spain, in Sochi, Russia, Friday. AP WORLD CUP Messi misses, it’s a draw for Argentina, Iceland fansandabreakdownintheirrelationship with the club’s president. On Friday morning, meanwhile, only a few hours before the game, it emerged in Spanish news media reports that Ronaldo himself had agreed to paytheSpanishauthorities$21.8 million in unpaid taxes. He has also been given a two-year suspended jail sentence, the papers said. It would be hard to believe thatthesedevelopmentsdidnot faze him as the game approached. Still,itwasRonaldowhogave Portugal the lead, winning and converting a penalty after just four minutes of play. And it was Ronaldo who restored the lead, his shot squirming under David De Gea, the Spanish goalkeeper, as the first half drew to a close. And it was Ronaldo who, with just a few minutes remaining in the second half, lined up a free kick a little outside the Spanish penalty area with Portugal now trailing, 3-2. He had taken 44 free kicks in previous World Cups. He had scoredonnoneof them.Still,you know what they say: the 45th time’s a charm. ItistruethatRonaldo,at33,is not the player he was. He is still CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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