MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 12 FEBRUARY 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |`3|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P7 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky. Thunderstorm with rain likely to occur in the evening. The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to be around 20 and 11 degrees Celsius respectively P11 71 die in Russian plane crash AGENCIES Max. 94% Min. 30% Max: 25.5°C (+3) SUN RISES 07:01 hrs MOON RISES 05:10 hrs Min: 08.5°C (-2) SUN SETS 18:09 hrs MOON SETS 15:11 hrs MOSCOW, 11 FEBRUARY THUMBNAILS On the last day of the International Kolkata SNS Book Fair on Sunday Cleric quits AIMPLB: The AIMPLB on Sunday approved Maulana Syed Salman Husain Nadvi's “decision to quit” as its executive member, days after he met Sri Sri Ravi Shankar over the Ayodhya dispute and said at the board's meeting that shifting of a mosque is possible according to the Sharia. “Moulana Salman Nadwi is no longer a board member. Sub- committee of the board accepts Nadwi's (sic) decision to quit the organization,”the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) today said in its official Twitter account. However, AIMPLB member Qasim Rasool Ilyas said “action” was taken against Nadvi after he disagreed with the board's views on the matter. OVL, partners buy 10 % stake in Abu Dhabi oilfield: ONGC Videsh Ltd and its partners have acquired a 10 per cent stake in a large offshore oilfield in Abu Dhabi for USD 600 million, the first time any Indian company has set foot in the oil-rich UAE. The contract for the oilfield in Lower Zakum Concession, as part of India's efforts to ensure the country's energy security, was signed in Abu Dhabi yesterday evening in the presence of Prime Minister Modi and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan. While addressing a large gathering of the Indian community in Dubai today, Modi said it was the “beginning of a bright dimension in our partnership”. P11 Rahul attacks PM: Lashing out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday asked him to stop giving speeches on the past and start working, saying he did not have much time before completing his term. “You will have to tell the country during the elections what you did in the last five years. It is going to be five years and you have not even opened your account,” he told Modi, making him the focal point of his attack in a series of roadside and public meetings. On the second day of his ongoing “Janashirvada Yatra” in the poll-bound Karnataka, he said Modi was delving into the past to attack the Congress rather than accountP10 ing for his performance. A Russian passenger plane carrying 71 people crashed outside Moscow on Sunday after taking off from the capital's Domodedovo airport, killing everyone on board. The Antonov An-148 plane operated by the domestic Saratov Airlines was flying to Orsk, a city in the Urals, and crashed in Ramensky district on the outskirts of Moscow. “Sixty-five passengers and six crew members were on board, and all of them died,” Russia's office of transport investigations said in a statement. News agencies said witnesses in the village of Argunovo saw a burning plane falling from the sky. PresidentVladimir Putin offered “his profound condolences to those who lost their relatives in the crash,” his spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. State television aired a video of the crash site, showing parts of the wreckage in the snow. Russia has seen record high snowfall in recent days and visibility was reportedly poor. The Russian-made plane was reportedly seven years old and bought by Saratov Airlines from another Russian airline a year ago. Russian media reported that the emergency services were unable to reach the crash site by road and that rescue workers walked to the scene on foot. Emergency services said in a statement that more than 150 rescue workers were deployed at the site. The transport investigations office said the plane disappeared from radar screens around four minutes after take-off. The Russian transport minister was on his way to the crash site, agencies reported. The transport ministry said several causes for the crash were being considered, including weather conditions and human error. The governor of the Orenburg region, where the plane was flying to, told Russian media that “more than 60 people” on board the plane were from the region.Prosecutors RONALDO HAT-TRICK WARMS UP REAL FOR PSG ENCOUNTER P12 65 passengers and 6 crew were on board, says govt RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY TEMPERATURE MOON WATCHES CONCERT WITH KIM JONG-UN’S SISTER TOOL FOR LIQUIDITY MANAGEMENT WAS BUDGET PROPOSAL NO GST ON LAUGHTER, SAYS RENUKA opened an investigation into Saratov Airlines following the crash. Russia's Investigative Committee will consider all possible causes, RIA Novosti news agency reported. Saratov Airlines was founded in the 1930s and flies to 35 Russian cities. Its hub is Saratov Central Airport in southern Russia. Local media website Ural56.ru in the Orenburg region showed footage of distressed relatives at Orsk airport, where the plane was due to land. Andrei Odintsov, the mayor of the city of Orsk, told Russian state television that six psychologists and four ambulances with medics are working with the relatives in the small airport. Orsk is the second biggest city in the Orenburg region, near Russia's border with Kazakhstan. Russia has suffered numerous plane crashes, with airlines often operating ageing aircraft. Vintage extravaganza in the Capital SYED HASHIM NAJMI NEW DELHI, 11 FEBRUARY Fascinating vignettes of history came to light again as scores of four-wheeler beauties started lining up, one after another, at Statesman House, Barakhamba Road, here on Sunday morning. They mesmerised car enthusiasts and charmed passersby as they began moving gracefully to participate in the 52nd edition of The Statesman Vintage and Classic Car Rally 2018. Car aficionados who had assembled in large numbers at Statesman House could not have asked for more. A number of them were seen taking selfies with these vintage beauties providing a peep into their enchanting times from a long-bygone era. The rally was flagged off by New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) Chairman Naresh Kumar, who was recieved by the Editor of The Statesman, Ravindra Kumar. The annual event lived up to its billing yet again. As the vintage and classic marvels revved up their engines and started motoring, many onlookers at the venue clapped and waved enthusiastically. As the audience cheered for the old beauties, a BSF band continued to play melodious tunes. Deepak Nagar, a resident of Delhi, who had come to watch the vintage cars taking part in the rally, said, "I have been coming to see this rally for NDMC Chairman Naresh Kumar flags off the participants of the 52nd The Statesman VinAMARJEET SINGH tage and Classic Car Rally at Statesman House in the Capital on Sunday the last four-five years. These vehicles simply mesmerise you and make you speechless." As part of their journey cutting across Delhi and through a belt of Noida, the gleaming automobiles traversed down K G Marg, India Gate, Mathura Road, Bhairon Road, Ring Road, Nizamuddin Bridge, Akshardham Setu, Mayur Vihar, Noida Entrance, Film City, Mahamaya Setu, and Jaypee Hospital, to then return and reach their final destination at National Stadium near India Gate in the heart of New Delhi around noon. At least 68 vehicles participated in the rally, which included cars from the Vintage category, the Classic section, the Special J&K military camp attack toll 9 PTI Lt Col Anand said so far six fatal casualties have occurred. They include two JCOs, three jawans, one civilian, all residents of J&K SUNJUWAN (JAMMU), 11 FEBRUARY A day after the pre-dawn audacious terror strike at the military camp here, the Army on Sunday said it has found the bodies of three of its personnel and a civilian, taking the toll to six, and gunned down three suspected Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists. Five Army men, including two junior commissioned officers (JCOs), and the father of a soldier have been killed in the attack by the terrorists who struck at the sprawling camp of the 36 Brigade of the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JKLI) yesterday, an Army spokesperson said. In a statement, Jammubased Army PRO Lt Col Devender Anand said three heavily armed terrorists have been killed in the ongoing operation. While two were gunned down on Saturday, the body of a third terrorist was found on Sunday, he said, adding they were in combat gear. He said that AK-56 rifles, an under barrel grenade Launcher, ammunition and grenades were from them.The spokesperson also said, “There has been no firing since last night.” Earlier in the day, Jammu and Kashmir Director Gen- eral of Police (DGP) S PVaid had said that four terrorists had been killed. In Delhi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh exuded confidence that the ongoing operation against terrorists would be successfully concluded soon. “I think it is not proper for me to comment when the operation is still on. I'm sure that our jawans, who are in the operation, will suc- cessfully conclude it,” he told reporters. Congress president Rahul Gandhi condemned the attack and said all Indians across political lines stand united with the Army men and women. Giving details, Lt Col Anand said, “So far, six fatal casualities have occurred. They include two JCOs, three jawans and one civilian, all residents of Jammu and Kashmir.” Ten people, including Major Avijit Singh, have been injured of which six are women and children, he said. One of the injured women was pregnant and she later delivered a baby girl through a caesarean operation, he said, adding both the mother and child were stable. A 14-year-old boy had suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was in a critical condition, the spokesperson said. Those killed were identified as Subedar Madan Lal Choudhary, Subdebar Mohmmad Ashraf Mir, Havaldar Habib-Ullah Qurashi, Naik Manzoor Ahmed, Lance Naik Mohmmad Iqbal -- all from the JAKLI, besides the father of Lance Naik Mohmmad Iqbal, he said. The officer said that a search operation of the family quarters in the Army complex for evacuation of people and to ascertain the situation was underway. A number of families were still in the camp and the Army's aim was to ensure their safety, he said. SEE ALSO PAGE 5 Human rights icon Asma Jahangir passes away DAWN/ANN AND AGENCIES LAHORE, 11 FEBRUARY Asma Jahangir, Pakistan's renowned human rights icon, social activist and an outspoken critic of the country's powerful military establishment, died here on Sunday of cardiac arrest at the age of 66, her daughter said. Known for her outspoken nature and unrelenting pursuit for human rights, Asma was the first woman to serve as the President of Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan. “I am devastated at the loss of my mother Asma Jahangir. We shall be announcing date of funeral soon. We are waiting for our relatives to return to L a h o re,” h e r d a u g h t e r Munizae Jahangir said in a tweet. “Asma suffered heart attack today morning and she was rushed to Hameed Latif Hospital Lahore where she breathed her last. Doctors tried to save her life but couldn't,” said senior lawyer Adeel Raja. Quoting family sources, Geo News reported that Asma's funeral will be held on February 13. Bar associations across Pakistan said they will observe three days of mourning and not partake in court proceedings. As the news of her death broke, condolences started pouring in from lawyers, rights activists and politicians. In a condolence message, President Mamnoon Hussain expressed grief over Asma's death, saying she rendered “unprecedented” services for the rule of law. “Today the country has been deprived of a courageous and disciplined per- Known for her outspoken nature and unrelenting pursuit for human rights, Asma was the first woman to serve as the President of Supreme Court Bar Association of Pak son, who was the voice of the voiceless,” local media quoted Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's statement. Ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif spoke about Asma's work for women and stance against dictators, saying it would be difficult to fill the void left by her death. “Shocked & deeply saddened to hear of Asma Jehangir's sudden death. It is an irreparable loss. May she rest in eternal peace. Ameen,” Maryam Nawaz, daughter of Sharif said. “Democracy, human rights and resistance P15 against oppression lost a great soldier- Asma Jehangir. It's everyone's loss. What a sad day!” she said. Pakistan Peoples Party Co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari expressed shock over the her demise, saying she was not just a person but was an effective voice for human rights. “Deeply saddened by the news of sudden demise of renowned lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jahangir sahiba. Pakistan has lost a passionate cham- pion of human rights and a staunch supporter of democracy. May her soul rest in peace!,” Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said in a tweet. “Asma Jehangir's death is a loss of a strong voice for the marginalised and oppressed. Despite our differences I always respected her for her fight for human rights and for standing up for her convictions,” said Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party Imran Khan. “My hero, the woman I always looked up to, the woman who inspired me- heart brokencant imagine how we will ever recover from this #AsmaJhangir #pakistan” said Oscarwinning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid. Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said Pakistan had become poorer with her demise. category and the PostWar section. Some of the most remarkable participating vehicles included Packard (1938), Rolls Royce (1933), Minerva (1933), Ford (1934), Mercedes Benz (1938), Fiat (1936), Morris (1936). The 1914 John Morris fire engine, owned by the Rail Museum, remained the centre of attraction. It was the first vehicle to be flagged off as usual. The vehicles rolled out in order of age, with the oldest cars flagged off first to be followed by their younger counterparts. About 16 first-time entries took part in the rally with 9 being in the Vintage section, three in the Classic section, two in the Special category and two in the Post-War section. The prize distribution ceremony was held in the evening at National Stadium with Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal gracing the occasion as the chief guest. The L-G presented the trophies to the winners under various categories. Nearly 54 trophies were awarded and among the prestigious trophies presented were The Statesman Challenge Trophy and the JMAI Trophy. The pre-judging of the participating vehicles to check their road-worthiness and originality among other parameters had taken place at Modern School, Barakhamba Road during 9-10 February. SEE ALSO PAGE 2 PM: Use technology as means to development AGENCIES DUBAI, 11 FEBRUARY Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday cautioned the world againstthemisuseofcyberspace to ensure they do not become a source of radicalisation, asserting that technology should be harnessed as a tool for development, not destruction. The comments by Modi at the World Government Summit in his plenary address comes at a time when the world community is engaged in efforts to address the misuse and abuse of cyberspace by terrorists and hackers. During the course of his address, Modi highlighted the importance of assimilating technology with governance to ensure equitable growth and prosperity for all. He emphasised the role technology was playing in India's development. Modi told the audience that India is aspiring to assume leadership position in Artificial Intelligence, Nano, cybsersecurity and cloud computing. He received loud cheers when he referred to what he called the 5Es and the 6Rs while talking about gover- nance and technology. Modi said that even after all the development, poverty and malnutrition have still not been eliminated.“On the other side we are investing large portion of money, time and resources on missiles and bombs. We must use technology as a means to development, not destruction,” he told the gathering that included Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and the ruler of Dubai. He expressed concern over attemptsbysomepeopletoradicalise the cyber space with the use of technology, referring to its use by jihadists to recruit cadres online. India is the 'Guest Country' at the sixth edition of the World Government Summit, whichisbeingattendedbymore than 4,000 participants from 140 countries. “It is a matter of pride for not only me but also the 125 crore people of India that I have been called as the Chief Guest at theWorld Government Summit,” Modi said. He hailed the use of technology by the Dubai government, saying a desert has been transformed.
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