CMYK SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 28 JANUARY 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 20 | `5.00 |LC* KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR A CLOSER LOOK AT THE LIFE OF JANAKI NATH BOSE ~ FORGOTTEN PATRIARCH AND PATRIOT COCO'S DIRECTOR ON WHY THE FILM IS HAVING A PROFOUND EFFECT ON FANS OF ALL AGES WEATHER Morning mist/fog. Later, clear sky. Max and min temp around 26/14 deg celsius. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.87% TEMPERATURE Min. 29% Max: 25.3°C (-1) Min: 14.7°C (0) SUN SETS SUN RISES 17:22 hrs 06:17 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 14:07 hrs 02:43 hrs Full moon on 31 January THUMBNAILS Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki with the Australian Open winner's trophy. (REPORT PAGE 11) India beat South Africa: India won the third cricket Test against South Africa by 63 runs after bundling out the hosts for 177 in their second innings on the fourth day, in Johannesburg on Saturday. South Africa lost their P12 last eight wickets for 53 runs. 3 civilians killed in J&K firing: Three civilians were on Saturday killed when security personnel fired at a stone-pelting mob in Shopian district of J&K, prompting CM Mehbooba Mufti to order an inquiry into the incident. The crowd hurled stones on a security force convoy passP5 ing through Ganovpora village. Ambulance bomb kills 95 in Kabul Civilians among victims, 158 hurt in attack by Taliban’s Haqqani Network AGENCIES MEA condemns attack, offers assistance KABUL, 27 JANUARY n explosivespacked ambulance blew up in a crowded area of Kabul today, killing at least 95 people and wounding 158 others, officials said, in one of the biggest blasts to rock the war-torn city in recent years. The Taliban-claimed assault -- the second carried out by the militant group in the Afghan capital in a week -- triggered chaotic scenes as terrified survivors fled the area scattered with body parts, blood and debris, and hospitals were overwhelmed by the large number of wounded. It came as both the insurgents and the Islamic State group have escalated their attacks on Kabul, one of the deadliest places in Afghanistan for civilians. An AFP reporter saw “lots of dead and wounded” civilians in the Jamuriate hospital, which is metres away from the blast and where medical staff struggled to treat the bloodied men, women and children lying on the floor in corridors. Health ministry A NEW DELHI, 27 JANUARY Afghan volunteers carry a body at the scene of a car bomb explosion in front of the old Ministry of Interior building in Kabul on Saturday. An ambulance packed with explosives blew up in a crowded area of Kabul. AFP spokesmanWaheed Majroh told AFP that the toll “now stands at 95 dead, 158 wounded”, shortly after the interior ministry warned that an earlier death toll of 63 could rise. The blast happened in an area where several highprofile organisations, including the European Union, have offices. Members of the EU delegation in Kabul were in their “safe room” and there were no casualties, an official said. The force of the explosion shook windows of buildings at least two kilometres away and caused some low-rise structures in the immediate vicinity to collapse. The suicide bomber passed through at least one checkpoint in the ambulance, saying he was taking a patient to Jamuriate hospital, an interior ministry spokesman told AFP “At the second check. point he was recognised and blew his explosive-laden car,” Nasrat Rahimi said. Rahimi told a news conference that most of the victims were civilians. He said the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network was responsible and four suspects had been arrested. CMYK India today strongly condemned the “barbaric and dastardly” terrorist attack in Kabul targeting innocent civilians, and extended all possible assistance, including for treatment of the injured. “There can be no justification for such reprehensible attacks. The perpetrators of these attacks and their supporters should be brought to justice,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement. It also noted that today's blast followed the cowardly terror attack on children and civilians in Jalalabad on January 24. India stands in solidarity with the government and the people of Afghanistan at this difficult times of mindless violence and terror imposed on them. PTI Vintage back on city streets today with pomp and grandeur SNS KOLKATA, 27 JANUARY A day ahead of The StatesmanVintage and Classic Car Rally, vintage car owners were seen busy giving last minute touches to their vehicles which would once again rule the city roads tomorrow with much pomp and grandeur as they once did in their heyday. The Statesman Vintage and Classic Car Rally held every year witnesses the presence of vintage cars manufactured by some of the prestigious brands in the automobile industry. Talking to The Statesman, Lt Colonel Nitin Shrestha, who would ride a 1956 Lambretta LD Mk2 scooter to the rally, said : “It is almost ready to roll for Vintage cars being checked on the eve of The Statesman Vintage and Classic Car Rally. At Eastern Command Sports Stadium in Kolkata on Saturday. SAILENDRA MAL tomorrow’s rally. However, last minute touches are crucial and hence it is undergoing some works mostly the embellishment. Apart from it, some oiling of the engine is being done and then it will be taken for a ride.” The present owner of a 1906 Renault Freres, Mr Shrivardhan Kanoria said “I would be driving one of the oldest cars which is a 1906 Renault Freres and it is the first entry in the list of the vehicles participating in the event. SEE ALSO PAGE 3 Stokes steals show, Gayle unsold PRESS TRUST OF INDIA BENGALURU, 27 JANUARY Indian opener K L Rahul hit pay dirt with a Rs 11 crore deal with Kings XI Punjab, while controversial England all-rounder Ben Stokes also triggered a bidding war before going to Rajasthan Royals for Rs 12.50 crore at the IPL auctions, here today. However, West Indian swashbuckler Chris Gayle surprisingly went unsold despite his well-established T20 batting credentials. England Test captain Joe Root also went unsold. Indian batsman Karun Nair, who had a base price of Rs 50 lakh, fetched a bid of Rs 5.60 crore from Kings XI Punjab. Australia pacer Mitchell Starc was bought for Rs 9.40 crore by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) while Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) got lucky getting Ravichandran Ashwin for Rs 7.60 crore. Glenn Maxwell was back in the Delhi Daredevils fold after five years for a record Rs 9.40 crore after intense bidding. SEE ALSO PAGE 12
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