CMYK TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 4 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 P10 SENSEX 38,312.52 -332.55 ALAGIRI BRINGS HIS FIGHT TO CHENNAI PAKISTAN TO ELECT A NEW PRESIDENT JOHNSON HAS NO NEW IDEAS ON BREXIT: MAY P9 NIFTY 11,582.35 -98.15 P4 ` vs $ 71.21 -21 PAISE GOLD 29,130.00 +55.00 P11 SILVER 37,200.00 +50.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 78.21 +0.57 Odisha honours jewel Dutee Petrol and diesel WEATHER Generally cloudy sky with spells of rain/thundershowerlikely. Max-min temp likely to be around 32-27 degree celsius, resp. prices hit a high as ` woes persist RAINFALL: Trace RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.97% Min. 66% Max: 33.3°C (+1.1) SUN RISES 05:21 hrs MOON RISES - Min: 26.3°C (+0.1) SUN SETS 17:51 hrs MOON SETS 13:06 hrs TEMPERATURE REPORTS ON TEST CRICKET’S DEATH ARE EXAGGERATED Rupee crashes to historic low of 71.21 against US $ SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 3 SEPTEMBER New moon on 9 September P THUMBNAILS Ace sprinter Dutee Chand who bagged two silver medals in the Asian Games, was felicitated by Governor Prof. Ganeshi Lal, former hockey India captain Dilip Tirky, founder of KIIT Dr A Samanta, MP Prasanna Patsani, City Mayor A N Jena, MLAs, Sport Secretary Vishal Dev, Odia film star Anubhav and others. Dutee's parents were ( REPORT ON P 14) also honoured. In Bhubaneswar on Monday. SNS `50 l each for Odia hockey players PRESS TRUST OF INDIA BHUBANESWAR, 3 SEPT Virat Kohli maintained his top spot in the latest ICC rankings of Test batsmen, while pacer Mohammed Shami climbed up three places to return to the top 20 in the bowlers' table. PM to felicitate teachers: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will felicitate national awardwinning teachers on Tuesday, ahead of Teachers' Day celebrated on September 5. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu will confer National Awards for 2017 on the teachers on Sept 5. HC questions cops’ briefing on activists The Odisha government on Monday announced cash reward of Rs 50 lakh each for the two Odia players in Indian men's hockey team, which clinched bronze at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia, beating Pakistan. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who congratulated the men's hockey team right after they bagged the medal, announced the cash prize in recognition of the achievements of the Odia players, an official said. The prize was being given to the players as per the revised sports policy of the state, he said. The CM had Saturday announced a cash prize of Rs 1 crore each for the four players from the state in Indian women's hockey team, which bagged silver in Jakarta. Both the hockey teams were sponsored by Odisha as part of a fiveyear deal signed by the Patnaik-led government in February. The state is also scheduled to host Mens Hockey World Cup in November. Last week, the chief minister presented a cheque of Rs 3 crore to Odisha-born star athlete Dutee Chand, who clinched two silver medals at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta. Cong edges past BJP in K’taka polls Rio museum in flames MUMBAI, 3 SEPTEMBER BENGALURU, 3 SEPTEMBER Bombay High Court raised questions Monday over Maharashtra police's media briefing on its case against some prominent activists arrested for their alleged links with Maoists. State ADGP(Law and Order) Parambir Singh along with the Pune police had addressed the media on the case on Friday. During the press conference, Singh had read out letters purportedly exchanged between the activists. He claimed that the police had “conclusive proof” to link Left-wing activists arrested in June and last week to Maoists. A High Court division bench of Justices S S Shinde and Mridula Bhatkar questioned how the police could read out such documents which may be used as evidence in the case. “How can the police do this? The matter is sub judice. The Supreme Court is seized of the matter. In such cases, revealing information pertaining to the case is wrong,” Justice Bhatkar PTI said. Establishing a slight edge over BJP in a closely fought race in urban local bodies polls in Karnataka, the Congress is set to gain control of a majority of the ULBs, teaming up with its ruling coalition partner JDS. The Congress has secured 982 seats and the BJP 929 in the elections held Saturday, while JD(S) came a distant third with 375 seats, according to the state election commission results. The others, including 329 independents, bagged the rest of the seats in the threeway race with Congress and JDS fighting against each other, despite being coalition partners. The Congress said on Monday that the people of Karnataka have accepted the development policies of the Congress-JD(S) government in the state and have rejected the jumlas (rhetoric) of the BJP after the party , emerged as the single largest outfit in the local body polls. Results for 2,628 seats out of 2,709 have been PTI declared so far. People watch as a massive fire engulfs the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro, one of Brazil’s (REPORT ON PAGE 10 ) oldest, on Monday. The cause of the fire was not yet known. AFP Chouhan, Scindia targets of attacks, nine arrested in MP CM case SNS & PTI BHOPAL, 3 SEPTEMBER Nine suspected Congress workers were arrested on Monday for allegedly pelting stones on chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s vehicle in Madhya Pradesh's Sidhi district. No one was hurt in the incident on Sunday night near Churhat town, around 540 etrol and diesel prices in the country touched their highest levels Monday mainly due to dramatic fall in rupee and a sharp rise in crude oil rates. Petrol price in Delhi rose to a record Rs 79.15 a litre and diesel climbed to a fresh high of Rs 71.15, according to price notification of state-owned fuel retailers. Todays petrol price in Kolkata reached Rs 82.15 and diesel reached Rs. 74.08. Rates have breached the previous high of Rs 78.43 a litre hit on May 28. On that day, the rate in Mumbai was Rs 86.24 per litre. A litre of petrol in Mumbai costs Rs 86.56 on Monday. Prices in Delhi are the cheapest in all metros and most state capitals due to lower sales tax or VAT. Diesel rates on Monday were hiked by 39 paise a litre, the steepest increase since the daily revision in prices was introduced in mid-june 2017. Diesel now costs Rs 75.54 per litre in Mumbai. Since August 16, petrol prices have risen by over Rs 2 per litre. Diesel prices on the other hand have risen by Rs 2.42 a litre during this period. Diesel rates had hit Rs 69.31 a litre on May 28, but this record was breached on August 27 and on Monday they hit a fresh high. Fuel prices vary from state to state due to local levies. Officials said the spike in rates is on account of exchange rate falling to a km from Bhopal, but a windowpane of the vehicle was damaged, police had said. Meanwhile, the same day, MP Congress election campaign committee chief Jyotiraditya Scindia allegedly received a threat to his life on Facebook allegedly from the son of a sitting BJP MLA. Churhat is the Assembly constituency of Congress leader Ajay Singh, who is also the leader of Opposition in the assembly. The party has denied any role in the incident. “Nine office-bearers of the Congress were arrested for hurling stones at Chouhan’s vehicle,” state home minister Bhupendra Singh said. It has been made on the basis of eyewitness accounts and more arrests cannot be ruled out, the Bharatiya Janata Party leader said, adding that Chouhan’s security had been ramped up. Hitting out at the Opposition party, the home minister alleged: “The Congress has started a new politics of violence. The Congress knows it cannot come to power in the state due to Chouhan. That is why, Congress leaders are hatching conspiracies to kill Chouhan.” State Congress spokesper- son Bhupendra Gupta on Monday accused the BJP of running a smear campaign against the party. “The home minister is accusing Congress leaders of hatching conspiracies to kill Chouhan. Why is he not asking the police to arrest such Congress leaders? Please give us details of the accused with their positions in the Congress,” Gupta said. CMYK record Rs 71 to a dollar, depreciating by Rs 2.5 in a month. Also, crude oil has gained USD 7 a barrel in a fortnight, driven by fears that the US sanctions on Iran will likely contract supplies. The appreciation of dollar against rupee has also pushed up rates for compressed natural gas (CNG) as well as piped natural gas (PNG) since the price of gas procured by city distributors is mostly dollar-denominated. Indraprastha Gas Ltd, which retails gas in the national capital, on Sunday raised the prices of CNG by 63 paise per kg and by Rs 1.11 per standard cubic meter for piped natural gas supplied to households for cooking purposes. CNG now costs Rs. 42.60 per kg in Delhi and Rs 49.30 per kg in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad. The consumer price of PNG to the households in Delhi has been increased to Rs 28.25 per scm, while same in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad would be Rs 30.10 per scm, which has been increased by Rs 1.26 per scm. The Indian rupee Monday crashed to yet another historic low of 71.21, losing 21 paise at the close against the US dollar as nagging concerns over rising crude oil prices and trade war tensions continued to hurt forex market sentiment. (See also page 8) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu Monday said price of petrol would soon touch Rs 100 a litre as also the rupee against the US dollar. “Whatever (economic) growth that's happening now is because of India's strength. It's not because of the NDA government's greatness. It would have grown even better if there is any other government,” Chandrababu remarked. Responding to questions at the press conference here, the Chief Minister said demonetisation was a 'big failure' because of which people were still suffering.
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