SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 28 JANUARY 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16+4 | `5 |LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR WOMEN POWERLIFTERS OF PAKISTAN ARE SUCCESSFULLY PULLING THEIR OWN WEIGHT WEATHER Clear sky. Shallow fog in the morning. The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to be around 21 and 8 degrees Celsius respectively RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY NOW, COW/BUFFALO OWNERS AIM AT UP TO 15 LITRES OF MILK A DAY WHICH IS FAR FROM NATURAL P1 P 13 Ambulance bomb kills 95 in Kabul Max.100% Min. 51% Civilians among victims, 158 hurt in attack by Taliban’s Haqqani Network Max: 20.7°C (-2) SUN RISES 07:11 hrs MOON RISES 14:42 hrs Min: 8.2°C (-1) SUN SETS 17:57 hrs MOON SETS 04:44 hrs AGENCIES TEMPERATURE A THUMBNAILS Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki with the Australian Open winner's trophy. MEA condemns attack, offers assistance KABUL, 27 JANUARY (P15) 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 P16 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. n explosivespacked ambulance blew up in a crowded area of Kabul on Saturday, 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 spokesman 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 AFP explosives blew up in a crowded area of Kabul. Waheed 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. India on Saturday 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 Kasganj violence rages; shops, vehicles torched SNS & PTI KASGANJ / LUCKNOW, 27 JANUARY Even as the police claimed to have arrested about fifty persons, the situation in the riot-hit town of Kasganj in Uttar Pradesh remained tense with several vehicles, including two buses, and about half a dozen shops and kiosks torched by miscreants on Saturday. Internet services have been suspended till 10 p.m. on 28 January in trouble-torn areas where a curfew was imposed after clashes on Friday, to prevent spread of rumours on social media. Communal violence erupted in the central UP town on the Republic Day on Friday when a "tiranga yatra", led by VHP and ABVP volunteers riding motorcycles, was reportedly pelted with stones when it passed through a Muslimdominated locality. Though the cause of provocation is officially not known, reports said that an altercation had ensued between the two groups which led to clashes. TURN TO PAGE 6 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 on Saturday. However, West Indian swashbuckler Chris Gayle surprisingly went unsold despite his well-established T20 batting credentials. EnglandTest 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. MORE ON PAGE 16
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