TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 10 OCTOBER 2017 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 3|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR ‘ANTI-NATIONAL FORCES CAN’T APPRECIATE ECONOMIC TRENDS’ P5 SENSEX 31,846.89 +32.67 WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Mist in the morning. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 36 and 22 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.91% Min.37% TEMPERATURE Max: 36.4°C (+3) SUN RISES 06:19 hrs MOON RISES 21:53 hrs NIFTY 9,988.75 +9.05 US ECONOMIST RICHARD THALER WINS NOBEL JEWELLERS HAIL GOVT MOVE TO REVOKE PAN ORDER P10 ` vs $ 65.36 +2 PAISE P13 GOLD 28,590.00 +65.00 ‘No crackers sale in NCR this Diwali’ SC restores ban on fireworks' sale to check air pollution SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 9 OCTOBER Min: 22.5°C (+2) SUN SETS 17:57 hrs MOON SETS 11:52 hrs THUMBNAILS Mid-field action between India and Colombia during FIFA U-17 World Cup match at the Capital’s JLN Stadium on Monday. SUBRATA DUTTA (PG16) Delhi Assembly passes resolution against Metro fare hike: The Delhi Assembly on Monday passed a resolution against the proposed Metro fare hike set to come in force from Tuesday. Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said that the Metro fares are being increased so that cab aggregators Ola and Uber will be cheaper PG 3 and people would give up using Metro. Video shows 'Nigerian' being thrashed, 1 held: Hours after a disturbing video surfaced - which showed a “Nigerian” man tied to a pole and being thrashed with sticks by a group of men after he was said to have allegedly attempted to burgle a house in south Delhi's Malviya Nagar - Delhi Police filed a case against his attackers PG 5 and arrested one of them. JeM commander killed in Kashmir: The operational chief of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), a Pakistani national, was killed on Monday in a gun battle with security forces in J&K's Baramulla district. Khalid was on the most wanted list of the security forces and his death is seen as a major jolt to militant PG 5 activities in Jammu and Kashmir. F irecrackers will not be sold in DelhiNational Capital Region (NCR) this Diwali as the Supreme Court on Monday restored a ban on their sale in the national capital and its suburbs till this month-end. The apex court said its 12 September 2017 order, temporarily lifting the stay on this ban to permit sale of firecrackers in the NCR, will be made effective only from 1 November ~ 12 days after Diwali which will be celebrated on 19 October. It ordered "forthwith" suspension of temporary licences issued by the police for sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR following its 12 September order. A Bench headed by Justice A K Sikri said the apex court's 11 November 2016 order suspending the licences for sale of firecrackers in the NCR "should be given one chance to test itself" to see if there would be its positive effects during Diwali.The court had then, after Diwali, suspended all licenses which permits sale of fireworks, wholesale and retail, within the NCR territory till further orders. Referring to the air pollution levels in Delhi-NCR during and immediately after Diwali 2016, the Supreme Court Monday observed that due to the adverse effects of burning of fire crackers "the air quality deteriorates abysmally and alarmingly and the city chokes thereby". The Bench said the 11 November 2016 order was passed by the court keeping in view the situation that had then arisen after Diwali. "This order prevailed during the year but the impact and effect of this order remains to be tested on Diwali days," the Bench, also comprising Justices A M Sapre and Ashok Bhushan, said. "Going by these considerations, we are of the opinion that the judgment dated September 12, 2017 passed by this court should be made effective only from November 1, 2017. To put it clearly, though we are not tweaking with the various directions contained in the order dated September 12, 2017, the effect of that order would not be given during this Diwali and, therefore, we are making it effective only from November 1, 2017," the Bench said. It said further orders on this issue could be passed after assessing the situation in the wake of the Diwali season.The apex court observed that the adverse effects of firecrackers during Diwali have been witnessed year after year and that in 2016 INDIA AIM TO WRAP UP ANOTHER T20 SERIES WIN it had led to the closing of schools in Delhi and other urgent measures in the face of a "health emergency" situation. The Bench noted that there was direct evidence of deterioration of air quality at alarming levels during Diwali every year. "As already pointed out above, burning of these fire crackers during Diwali in 2016 had shot up PM (particulate matter) levels by three times, making Delhi the worst city in the world, insofar as air pollution is concerned," it said. The apex court's decision was hailed by a crosssection of people including parents, experts and enviromental activists, who highlighted the national capital's hazardous air quality. Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan also welcomed it and urged people to abide by the court's guidelines and "give green Diwali and our environment a chance". The order however dealt a blow to the traders and businessmen dealing in firecrackers in the NCR, triggering resentment among them. MORE REPORTS ON PAGE 2 Godhra: HC spares the noose for 11 convicts AHMEDABAD, 9 OCTOBER Gujarat High Court on Monday commuted the death sentence of 11 convicts to rigorous life imprisonment, while upholding the life sentence of another 20 in the 2002 Godhra train burning case. The high court observed that the state government and railways had failed to maintain law and order, and directed them to pay compensation to the kin of victims. Coach S-6 of the Sabarmati Express was torched on February 27, 2002 near the Godhra station, resulting in the death of 59 people, most of them 'karsevaks' returning from Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh. The incident triggered communal riots across Gujarat, in which around 1,200 people, mostly Muslims, were killed. SNS /PTI MORE ON PAGE 6 P15 SILVER 39,900.00 +300.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 55.47 -0.15 Cong questions PM silence over Jay row, demands Shah's resignation STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 9 OCTOBER The controversy sparked by a news website's report pointing to a 16,000 times spike in the turnover of a company Temple Enterprise Pvt Ltd owned by Jay Shah, son of BJP president Amit Shah ~ from Rs 50,000 in 2014-15 to Rs 80.5 crore in 2015-16 ~ continued to make waves on Monday, with the principal Opposition Congress demanding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should make a statement and secure Amit Shah's resignation to ensure an impartial inquiry into the matter. Highlighting that the "staggering surge" in the revenues of Jay Shah's company occurred after Modi became PM and Shah became BJP chief, top Congress leaders continued to fire salvos at the ruling camp. All the allegations in the matter have been rejected by the BJP and Jay Shah who has dismissed the Jay Shah news report as "false, derogatory and defamatory" while announcing that he will file a criminal and a Rs 100 crore civil defamation case against the news website, TheWire, in Ahmedabad. The Opposition parties, including the Congress, Left and AAP have demand, ed a proper investigation into the matter. Keeping his guns trained on the ruling dispensation, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Monday tweeted to ask PM Modi to "say something" on the controversy, asking him whether he played the role of "chowkidar (watchman)" or he was an alleged "bhagidar (partner)" in the Jay Shah case. The senior All India Congress Committee (AICC) spokesman Anand Sharma told reporters, "The Prime Minister speaks on every issue...There should be a probe into this case... Amit Shah should give up his post until the probe is over, like L K Advaniji did, Nitin Gadkariji did when charges were levelled against them (in separate cases)." Sharma also criticised the Modi dispensation for a loan of Rs 10.35 crore from a public sector enterprise under the New and Renewable Energy Ministry, Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA), to Jay Shah's another fir m Kusum Finserve ~ which trades in stocks and shares ~ for setting up a 2.1 MW wind energy plant in Ratlam in Madhya Pradesh. Piyush Goyal was then its Minister. TURN TO PAGE 7 Truckers on strike against GST SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 9 OCTOBER Truckers went on a 2-day strike from Monday hitting supplies pan India, with transporters body AIMTC claiming a loss of Rs 2,000 crore to the sector. Truck operators across the country are on a 2-day token strike against the GST, high diesel prices, harassment by authorities on roads and toll policies, said the All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC). “Our two-day 'chakka jam' (strike) which began this morning has hit supplies across the coun- try though we have exempted essential goods. We estimate around Rs 2,000 crore losses to the road transport sector on day one,” said Bal Malkit Singh, chairman of the core committee of AIMTC. Transporters across the country are up in arms against these issue and would chalk out strategies post Diwali to intensify the agitation if the government fails to address the grievances, he said, adding that 12 crore people are associated with the transport sector. Trucks were seen off the roads in many parts of the country including the national capital. In Mumbai, truck-operators would be staging a sit-in at Mankhurd check-post, he said. AIMTC, with over 93 lakh truck operators under its ambit claimed support from several transporter bodies. “The two day token strike called by AIMTC and supported by all its constituent members was successful on day one with about 70 to 80 per cent of business shut across the country.
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