CMYK MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 03 SEPTEMBER 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5.00|LC* KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR GUN & LITTLE RED BOOK KCR INDICATES EARLY ELECTIONS IN TELANGANA DEFENCE MINISTER VISITS L.O.C, REVIEWS SECURITY SITUATION P3 P4 P6 Generally cloudy sky. One or two spells of rain very likely. Temperature will be in the range of 32-26 degrees Celsius RAINFALL: 13.3 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.97% Min. 88% Max: 29.2°C (-3) SUN RISES 05:20 hrs MOON RISES 23.28 hrs Min: 26.0°C (-1) SUN SETS 17:52 hrs MOON SETS 12:06 hrs TEMPERATURE It was medical waste, not foetuses, clarify officials STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 2 SEPTEMBER Moon phase: Third quarter today Fireworks explode over the Gelora Bung Karno main stadium during the closing ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on Sunday. It was a memorable Games for India as it produced the best ever performance. From teenager Saurabh Chaudhary to 60-year-old Pranab Bardhan, an assortment of athletes combined to produce a top show even as the country endured shocking results in kabaddi and hockey. With 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze, India's medals tally stood at 69, a step up from Incheon four years ago when they won 65. India equalled their 15-gold tally of the 1951 inaugural Games but the country had never won 24 silver medals before. India finished eighth again. Track and field yielded seven of India's 15 gold medals. Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat contributed two golds from the wrestling arena, while Amit Panghal boxed his way to a stunning win on the penultimate day of the competition to boost the tally. AFP US to cancel $300m military aid to Pak PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Choksi assets: A designated PMLA authority has held that 41 properties worth about Rs 1,210 crore, attached by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the name of absconding diamond jeweller Mehul Choksi and his associated firms, are money laundering assets and ordered that their attachment should continue. The ED had provisionally attached15 flats and 17 office premises in Mumbai, a mall in Kolkata, a four-acre farm house in Alibaug and 231 acres of land at various locations in January. Manipur University: Days after the agitation at Manipur University was suspended after the intervention of the HRD Ministry and the state government,vice-chancellor AP Pandey, who is at the centre of the row, has issued a statement, declaring that he had assumed charge and banning the teachers and staff employees’ associations at the institute, which were leading the protests against him. WASHINGTON, 2 SEPTEMBER The US will cancel USD 300 million in military aid to Pakistan over its failure to take “decisive actions” to support President Donald Trump's new South Asia policy and act against terror groups like the Haqqani network and Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Pentagon has announced, a fresh blow to the deteriorating ties between the two nations. The announcement comes just days before US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is due to visit Pakistan to meet the country's new prime minister Imran Khan. The US and others have long complained that Pakistan provides safe haven to militant networks, allowing them to carry out cross-border attacks in Afghanistan. The Pentagon's move, which needs to be approved by the US Congress, is part of a broader suspension of aid announced in January. US President Donald Trump since assuming office has been tough on Pakistan over its inaction against terror groups, sayingWashington has got “nothing but lies & deceit” in return for millions of dollars in aid over the years. Trump in August last year unveiled his new South Asia policy and asked Pakistan to do more against such groups. The US in January this year suspended more than $1.15 billion security assistance to Pakistan, accusing it of harbouring terror groups like the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network within its borders and showing unwillingness to take “decisive actions” against them, a move that affected bilateral ties. The Pentagon has now sought Congressional determination to reprogramme USD 300 million of its Coalition Support Fund (CSF) for Pakistan “due to a After floods, rat fever hits Kerala lack of Pakistani decisive actions in support of the South Asia Strategy”, Pentagon Spokesman Kone Faulkner told PTI. He said the US military would aim to spend the money on other “urgent priorities” before the funds expire on September 30, 2018. With the latest move, the Department of Defence (DoD) has reprogrammed USD 800 million CSF destined for Pakistan as US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis did not give the necessary certification to Congress that the country has taken strong steps against terrorist groups like the Haqqani network and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). “This is not a new decision or a new announcement,” Faulkner told PTI in response to a question. “We continue to press Pakistan to indiscriminately target all terrorist groups, including the Haqqani Network and LeT in the region,” Faulkner said. THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, 2 SEPTEMBER After the devastating floods, the threat of leptospirosis (rat fever) is becoming a matter of concern in Kerala In the last three days 26 people have died in the state due to leptospirosis. Five people died of the disease in the state on Sunday ~ three deaths were reported from Kozhikode, one from Malappuram district and one from Perumbavoor in Ernakulam district Though the impact of the flood was relatively low in Kozhikode, the maximum number of leptospirosis death are reported from the district. Four people died on Saturday in Kozhikode district due to leptospirosis. Since 20 August, the number of people who died due to leptospirosis have touched 35. So far, 105 people have died due to leptospirosis in the whole year in the state. The number of confirmed leptospirosis cases has been increasing in the state with the figures now touching 389 since 1 August. On Saturday alone, 92 people were undergone treatment with SNS signs of the disease. Easy to call a disciplinarian autocrat: Modi STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 2 SEPTEMBER Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday made a veiled attack on the Opposition, saying people who call for discipline were being branded as autocrats as he praised Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu for bringing "discipline" to the House. Speaking at the launch of a book on the Vice President, Modi also said the disruptions in the Rajya Sabha enabled Naidu to display his administrative expertise as the Chairman. “Naidu is a disciplinarian, but the situation in the country is such that it has become easy to call discipline undemocratic. If someone even tries to be a disciplinarian, he has to face the music. He is called an autocrat and they open the dictionary...” Modi said, after unveiling Moving On... Moving Forward: A Year In Office ~ a book marking the completion of Naidu's one year as the Vice President and the Rajya Sabha Chairman. “Naidu himself follows discipline which he preaches. Discipline is in his nature," said n a swift u-turn after the sensational ‘discovery’ of what was said to be the remains of 14 new born babies at an abandoned compound in Kolkata’s Haridevpur, police this evening clarified that the items discovered contained only “some dry ice and no human tissue”. The disclosure came after a detailed clinical examination of the items by a group of doctors at MR Bangur hospital, where the purported “dead babies” were sent for post mortem. Hospital sources quoted the doctors as saying after a detailed examination that what they found in the plastic bundles was some “biomedical waste” but no human bodies. Scotching any further speculation over the alleged “embryos or new born babies” Mr Praveen Tripathy, Jt CP Crime said, “ Doctors of MR Bangur hospital have examined the items and verbally opined that they did not find any human tissue of foetus inside. It may be some chemical or clinical waste. But the opinion on this is still awaited”. DC SWD Mr Nilanjan Biswas too said “ No human tissue were found in the packets when it was opened by the doctors. Some dry ice are there. Examination is on for the exact nature of the material.” Earlier, it was Mr Biswas, who told mediapersons during a press meet in the afternoon at Haridevpur police station that 14 newborn babies wrapped in plastic were found I THUMBNAILS England’s Moeen Ali makes an unsuccessful appeal for the wicket of India's captain Virat Kohli during the fourth day of the fourth Test cricket match between England and India at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, southwest England on Sunday. England beat India by 60 runs in the fourth Test to take a series-clinching 3-1 lead on Sunday. Chasing 245 for a win, India were all out for 184 in their second innings. Moeen Ali, with figures of 4-71, was the wrecker-in-chief. India had won the third Test in Nottingham after losing the first two matches in Birmingham and London. AFP P11 ‘Dead babies’ turn out to be damp squib STUNNING FINISH WEATHER RONALDO YET TO HIT THE TARGET FOR JUVENTUS the Prime Minister praising the former BJP president's administrative expertise. “If a House functions properly, then nobody pays attention to who is presiding. But when it does not function as per the norms, everybody focuses on the Chairperson; what that person's qualities are and how that person maintains discipline in the House. "This year, people got the opportunity to witness how Naidu presides over the House. Had the House functioned properly this wouldn't have been possible," said Modi, in a reference to the opposition protests over various issues in Parliament. Naidu's tenure as the Rajya Sabha Chairman has witnessed continuous disrup- tions especially by the opposition over a host of issues including Rafale fighter jet deal and lynching incidents. Modi went on to praise Naidu for his “diligence” to carry out the work that has been assigned to him. “Whichever duty he had, he performed with utmost diligence and adapted into that role with ease. He always provides visionary leadership whenever he gets a responsibility. He gets the best experts to ensure justice is done to the work assigned," Modi said. The Prime Minister particularly referred to Naidu’s commitment to the cause of rural India and farming community, being himself a farmer. Highlighting numerous facets of Naidu’s personality, Modi recalled an anecdote that showed his passion for agriculture and rural India. “I was party general secretary then... Atalji (Atal Bihari Vajpayee) wanted to give a major portfolio to Venkaiahji but he went to the then Prime Minister and requested him to allot him the responsibility of Rural Development,” Modi said. The book release function saw former Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and H D Deve Gowda sharing the dais with Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Speaking on the occasion Vice President Venkaiah Naidu expressed concern over the shrinking agriculture sector. He particularly sought to draw Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s attention to this fact. “Finance Minister is here, he may not like what I am saying as he has to take care of everybody, but there has to be bias towards agriculture in coming days, otherwise people will leave agriculture as it's not remunerative,” Naidu pointed out. Naidu further said that he was also not happy with the functioning of Parliament. “I am little unhappy that Parliament is not functioning as it should. On all other counts, things are moving, World Bank, ADB, World Economic Forum, whatever ratings they are giving is heartening. All Indians should be proud of whatever is happening on the economic front,” Naidu said. CMYK at an abndoned construction site by workers who were clearing the land. He said the bodies were mostly scattered. But no foul smell was emanating from the bodies and there is suspicion of using chemicals to kill the smell. A lot of liquor bottles were also found from the spot. The bodies had beeen sent to MR Bangur hospital for post mortem after which it could be clinically determined whether they were embryos or new born babies, Mr Biswas had said. According to police, the “newborn babies” wrapped in plastic were discovered by construction workers who were clearing the land for a new construction that is coming up on the site. They immediately informed the local councillor, who in turn informed the mayor and the Haridevpur police. The discovery was considered so significant that city police commissioner Mr Rajiv Kumar too visited the site along with mayor Sovan Chatterjee. Police had said that the fact that the remains were decomposed indicated they were fairly old. Mayor Chatterjee after visiting the site said, “Some construction workers, who were clearing the debris for a new construction that is coming up on the deserted land first spotted the 14 newborn babies that were wrapped in plastic. They immediatly informed the local councillor, who in turn informed me and the local police. Police commissioner along with the DC SWD joined the inquiry immediately. Police have started an inquiry”. Meanwhile, locals said that due to paucity of lights and the lack of policing, the fenced area where the alleged bodies were found, had been turned into a den of antisocial elements. “People of shady character assemble at night taking advantage of yawning gaps in the fencing, poor policing and lack of security. Women are afraid of passing the area alone,” said a house wife near the site at Raja Rammohan Ray Road at Haridevpur.
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