SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 05 AUGUST 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 CAN THE TIGER EVER GET OUT OF THE MYTHS THAT ARE MORE DEEP-ROOTED THAN ITS 'OWN' EXISTENCE? SOME 10,000-YEAR-OLD ROCK PAINTINGS DEPICTING UFOS HAVE BEEN FOUND IN MP CHHATTISGARH , P1 P 10 Partly cloudy sky with possibility of light rain/thundershower. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 34 and 28 degrees Celsius respectively. Intruder shot dead in Farooq’s Jammu house RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY SP SHARMA WEATHER Max. 72% Min. 56% JAMMU, 4 AUGUST Max: 36°C (+2) SUN RISES 05:46 hrs MOON RISES 00:33 hrs Min: 28.2°C (+1) SUN SETS 19:09 hrs MOON SETS 14:10 hrs The police shot dead a man who breached the security at the private residence of Farooq Abdullah, a sitting MP here on Sat, urday and forcibly tried to enter his bedroom on the first floor after hitting a flower pot on the head of a CRPF officer. The intruder, whose father runs a gun shop, gate crashed into the sprawling residence of Abdullah in a black colour SUV at about 10.30 am and then entered the main building. The residence is shared by Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah, both of whom are former chief ministers of J&K, who are “Z+” protectees. However, both of them were not in Jammu at the time of the incident. It is being seen as a major breach of security. Heavy security of CRPF and J&K Police is deployed at their residence in the Bathindi locality near the Sunjwan military station. Talking to this correspondent over telephone from New Delhi, Farooq Abdullah said that an TEMPERATURE THUMBNAILS Sindhu qualifies for final: Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu continued her incredible run of form in the World Championships, earning a second successive final spot after seeing off Japan's Akane Yamaguchi at the women's singles semifinals in Nanjing (China) on Saturday. World number three Sindhu, who had finished runners-up at the Glasgow edition last year after losing to another Japanese Nozomi Okuhara in an epic summit showdown, notched up a superb 21-16 24-22 win over world number two Yamaguchi in a 55-minute P15 hard-fought match. Haryana lynching: A man was allegedly beaten to death on suspicion of cattle theft in Palwal district of Haryana, police said. The unidentified victim was caught by three brothers on the intervening night of August 2 and 3 while he was allegedly trying to steal cattle from the yard belonging to their father, Shradharam in Bahrola village, Palwal Sadar Police Station SHO Devender said. While his two accomplices managed to escape, the victim, in his 20s, was beaten to death by Beer Singh, Prakash and Ram Kishan, he added. India lose: India suffered a 31-run loss to England as skipper Virat Kohli's heroics went in vain amid yet another abject batting capitulation in a riveting opening Test at the Edgbaston on Saturday. It was virtually Kohli versus England and when the Indian captain was trapped lbw off Ben Stokes in the 47th over, the game was only heading the home team's way. Resuming on overnight 110/5, India folded up for 162 in 54.2 overs despite Kohli's 51 off 93 balls and Hardik Pandya's 31. Stokes (440) came to the party on the morning of day four by removing Kohli and Mohammad Shami P16 in the same over. Muzaffarpur horror: Oppn holds protest NRC is party’s baby and it will try to protect citizen’s rights: Surjewala PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 4 AUGUST indepth investigation should be held into the incident as the intruder identified as Maroof Ahmad of Mendhar in Poonch had the layout plan of “my” house as a result of which he reached the bedroom. Farooq Abdullah described it as the first attack of its type at his residence after break out of terrorism in the state. He said that the intruder probably had the knowledge of his proposed visit to Jammu where he was to visit the residence of his secretary whose mother had passed away. Police said that the CRPF guards shot at the intruder when he did not respond to warnings and threw a flower pot on the head of an assistant subinspector of police on the first floor lobby of the house. The man died on the spot and his body has been sent to the Government Medical College for postmortem. The SSP, Jammu, Vivek Gupta, reached Farooq’s residence where forensic experts were also summoned. Top brass of the CRPF and the security wing of police also reached there. Relatives of the killed man reached there and accused the police of having shot him instead of having tried to overpower him. The intruder was unarmed but became violent after he entered the house. In his tweets from Srinagar, Omar Abdullah said; “I am aware of the incident that took place at the residence my father & I share in Bathindi, Jammu. Details are sketchy at the moment. Initial reports suggest an intruder was able to gain entry through the front door. Nirav extradition plea handed over AGENCIES AGENCIES LONDON, 4 AUGUST NEW DELHI, 4 AUGUST In a show of solidarity, top leaders of a number of Opposition parties including Congress president Rahul Gandhi joined the protest ~ organised by RJD leaderTejashwiYadav at Jantar Mantar here this evening ~ against the alleged rapes of young girls at a shelter home in Bihar's Muzaffarpur. The other prominent leaders who joined this protest included AAP's Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, CPI-M general secretary SitaramYechury, Loktantrik Janata Dal leader SharadYadav, CPI's D Raja, TMC's Dinesh Trivedi, and DMK's T K S Elangovan. Addressing the rally, the Opposition leaders attacked the BJP-JDU combine, which rules Bihar under Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, and demanded stringent punishment against the accused of such ghastly (SEE PAGE 2) crimes. Cong to take on Modi govt over corruption The Indian High Commission in London has handed over the extradition request documents for fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi, wanted in India as a prime accused in the USD 2 billion loan fraud scam at Punjab National Bank, to the UK Central Authority, according to official sources here. The unit within the UK government's Home Office will now process the request, which falls under mutual legal assistance requests, to assist in criminal investigations or proceedings, before an extradition warrant can be issued against Modi. The whereabouts of the billionaire jeweller remain unknown, but the Indian government had been informed by the UK's Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in June that it can initiate extradition proceedings despite the uncertainty. In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh had said earlier this week that an extradition request for Modi “has been sent by a Special Diplomatic Bag to the High Commission of India (HCI), London, for onward transmission to the UK authorities”. Official sources in London confirmed that the documents had soon after been submitted to UKCA this week, setting the extradition process in motion. India falls under the Category 2 set of countries within the UK's Extradition Act 2003, which require a decision by UK courts as well as the country's home secretary. SEE ALSO PAGE 5 T he Congress today decided to take on the Narendra Modi Government on the issue of corruption by launching a public campaign that will highlight bank scams, Rafale deal and the “bad” state of the economy. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Congress Working Committee chaired by party chief Rahul Gandhi where the leaders also chalked out a strategy on the crucial issue of Assam's National Register of Citizens (NRC). The meeting of the working committee, the party's highest decision making body, was attended by top party leaders including former prime minister Manmohan Singh, A K Antony, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge, Ahmed Patel and Ashok Gehlot. However, former party president Sonia Gandhi was unable to attend the meeting. This is the second meeting of the newly constituted CWC under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi. The Opposition party decided to go all out in highlighting the issue of corruption both inside and outside Parliament. Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said after the meeting that the party will launch a public campaign or 'Jan Andolan, details of which will be chalked out in the coming days in consultation with state units and leaders. “The CWC met today. As a team, we discussed the political situation in the country and the huge opportunity for the Congress to highlight issues of corruption and failure of the government to provide jobs to our youth.Thank you to all those who attended today's meeting,” Gandhi said on Twitter. The party intends to corner the government on media reports which quoted Antiguan authorities as saying that Indian agencies had no adverse information against Mehul Choksi when the Caribbean country conducted a background check on the PNB scam accused before granting him citi- When communities feed their needy TYAGARAJ SHARMA When David, a young urchin, finishes collecting waste paper from the garbage stack near the slum dwellers’ colony in BTM layout in the IT capital, the first thing he does is to visit the Community Fridge installed a kilometre or so away. He is not alone, accompanied as he is by other youngsters. All of them greet the security guard, who is stationed near the fridge. He too, perhaps, has been waiting for them for he quickly opens the fridge and hands out food packets to the children. If some prefer fruit, he checks the fridge to see if he can find some for them. It is all vegetarian stuff. The youngsters, however, are not alone in enjoying the free food. Within minutes, four beggars troop up and open the fridge door to check if there is anything for them. Happy at finding a good meal, their faces light up. Mukesh, a construction labourer, is a frequent visitor here as are his colleagues. The Community or Public Fridge is the talk of the neighbourhood with the concept spreading to other parts of the city as well. If Bala Harish started the initiative in BTM layout, other Samaritans followed suit in commercial centres like Indira Nagar and Koramangla , to name but two. Others, too, plan to take up the initiative. The concept is simple. Huge amounts of food go waste every day, either at home or during weddings. People like Harish, a legal advisor, realised that instead of allowing that to happen, it would be worthwhile if the food could actually be shared, in the process feeding the needy. So that’s how he put up the fridge at a convenient location in BTM Layout, though only after taking approval from the local corporator. A large-sized fridge can cost anywhere up to Rs 1 lakh. In addition, there is the recurring cost of electricity. Sponsorships are thus welcome. Harish told The Statesman that he was fascinated by the concept after he read an article about Dr Issa Fatima, a Chennai-based Orthodontist who runs the “Public Foundation” specially set up for the purpose. Dr Issa used to give the surplus food in her house to a needy woman next door before the lady shifted elsewhere. Not knowing what to do she began driving around to find needy people who would welcome a good meal. It was thus she Congress president Rahul Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh and other SNS party leaders at the Congress Working Committee meeting in Delhi on Saturday. 2 more Assam FIRs against Mamata GUWAHATI, 4 AUGUST Two more FIRs have been registered in Assam against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and members of a TMC delegation, which went to Silchar, for allegedly creating disturbances on the basis of religion, a senior police officer said today. A total of five FIRs have been registered against Banerjee in Assam since the publication of the NRC final draft on July 30. Two police complaints were also filed against Assam Chief Minister Sar- zenship in 2017. The Congress has alleged that it had “exposed the complicity and connivance” of the Modi government in the escape of the fugitive billionaire. On the Rafale deal, Surjewala said neither the Prime Minister nor the Defence Minister is disclosing the price of the jets purchased by this government and claimed that the price fixed during UPA was Rs 526 crore against Rs 1,676 crore for the jets purchased under NDA, that has caused a loss of Rs 48,000 crore to the exchequer. Taking a cautious stand on the National Register of Citizens exercise in Assam, Surjewala said after the meeting that the NRC was “Congress' baby” and was initiated as a consequence of the Assam accord signed by late prime minister Rajiv WHO: Public Foundation WHERE: Chennai and Bengaluru WHAT THEY DO: Reach surplus food to the needy through Community Fridges hit on the idea of a Community Fridge. It was, however, easier said than done. Many issues needed to be taken care of including hygiene. She invited people to leave their surplus food in the public fridge even as she realised that stringent norms to maintain hygiene were imperative, especially as the response from other Samaritans picked up. There were some strict conditions: the time and possible expiry date had to be mentioned on packets left by do-gooders. It was equally important to ensure that stale or rotten food was not left. The challenges, as she told bananda Sonowal in West Bengal yesterday. Police said effigies of Banerjee, who is opposing the NRC in Assam, were burnt and protests held against her across Assam during the day. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Ranjan Bhuyan said the two FIRs were registered at Guwahati and Silchar for allegedly creating disturbances on the basis of religion. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal hit out at his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee today, saying there was an “evil design” in her remarks and sending a TMC team to the north-eastern state to destabilise the NRC process. He thanked the people of Barak Valley for the “exemplary composure” they exhibited, without falling prey to the “divisive design of the external forces”, an offiPTI cial release said. Gandhi in 1985 and the party will ensure that no Indian citizen is left out of it. “The NRC is a baby of the Congress party and it will ensure that no Indian citizens is deprived of his legitimate right,” he said. Surjewala also pointed out figures claiming that while the Congress-led UPA government from 2005 to 2013 had deported 82,728 foreigners (Bangladeshis), the NDA government has deported only 1,822 foreign nationals in the past four years. He was citing figures shared by the Modi government in Parliament. “Every Indian citizen should get justice and foreigners should be identified,” he said. The Trinamool Congress today observed a 'black day' in various parts of West Bengal in protest against the alleged “detention and manhandling” of its leaders in Assam's Silchar airport. The protest will continue tomorrow too, party sources said. TMC ministers, leaders and activists hit the streets in the districts and blocks across the state to protest against the alleged assault on the eight-member TMC team at Silchar airport on Thursday when they tried to enter Assam's Cachar district to assess the situation in the wake of the publication of the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC). Carrying placards and sporting black masks and badges, TMC activists shouted slogans against the BJP governments at the Centre and in Assam and the final draft of the NRC, published on July 30. The TMC delegation comprised six MPs, an MLA and Bengal minister Hakim. Sonowal said there was an evil design in Mamata remarks and sending a TMC team to Assam this paper, were immense. It was then that she decided to bring out an 80-page booklet listing the dos and don’ts. Accordingly, those who wished to set up similar fridges under the foundation’s umbrella needed to follow the guidelines, without short cuts. Dr Issa runs three such public fridges in Chennai under her foundation. It was after learning about her work that Harish took the cue in Bengaluru. The next step is to consider putting one up in Whitefield in the IT capital before looking at Bhubaneshwar where some like-minded people have shown interest to follow her example. Harish, incidentally, also encourages people to leave books and clothing for the needy. The Community Fridge concept serves the twin purpose of feeding the needy and preventing waste. No wonder than that several wedding halls also chip in by leaving food packets in the fridges put up in some places. As Dr Issa explained, it was imperative to ensure that utmost care was taken during packing. The concept has become popular now with a large number of Samaritans chipping in with their own efforts. Carrots restaurant, for example, ensures that every day its staff keep packets of healthy food in the community fridge outside the eating place. According to Sushmitha Subbaraju, co-owner, Carrots has even started what they call a Good Karma Meal. Interested customers can buy these subsidised meals, along with bottled water, which can be placed in the community fridge. Byblos, a Lebanese restaurant, too has been stocking its community fridge, happy to see the needy relishing the fresh food. As the movement catches on, more and more people are joining it. It is not uncommon to see 40 to 50 food packets being kept by different people in the fridge. Monitoring though is essential but as Harish explained, the security guard stationed near the fridge logs in the time the food packets come in along with details about when it was prepared and possible expiry date.
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