CMYK TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 04 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 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky with spells of rain/thundershower likely. Max-min temp likely to be around 32-27 degree celsius, resp. 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 New moon on 9 September THUMBNAILS 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' rankings. Reporters jailed:Two Reuters journalists Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, accused of breaching Myanmar's state secrets law while reporting on a massacre of Rohingya Muslims have been jailed for seven years. The Editors Guild of India demanded their release. P9 ALAGIRI BRINGS HIS FIGHT TO CHENNAI PAKISTAN TO ELECT A NEW PRESIDENT JOHNSON HAS NO NEW IDEAS ON BREXIT, SAYS MAY NIFTY 11,582.35 -98.15 P9 ` vs $ 71.21 -21 PAISE P4 GOLD 29,130.00 +55.00 REPORTS ON TEST CRICKET’S DEATH ARE EXAGGERATED P11 SILVER 37,200.00 +50.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 78.21 +0.57 Cong edges past BJP in K’taka polls Fuel prices hit a high on ` woes HC questions cops’ briefing on activists MUMBAI, 3 SEPTEMBER BENGALURU, 3 SEPTEMBER Rupee crashes to historic low of 71.21 against dollar Bombay High Court raised questions on Monday over Maharashtra police's media briefing in 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 about 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 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 said. Public Prosecutor Thakare said he would speak to the police and seek their response. PTI 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 JD(S). The Congress has secured 982 seats and the BJP 929 in the elections held on 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 three-way race with the Congress and the JD(S) fighting against each other, despite being coalition PTI partners. SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 3 SEPTEMBER etrol and diesel prices in the country touched their highest levels on 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. Today’s petrol price in Kolkata reached Rs 82.15 a litre and diesel Rs 74.08 a litre. Rates have breached the previous high of Rs 78.43 a litre recorded on May 28. On that day, the rate in Mumbai was Rs 86.24 per litre. A litre of petrol in Mumbai cost 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- P 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 the exchange rate falling to a 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 the 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 rupee on 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) CMYK Museum in flames People watch as a massive fire engulfs the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro, one of Brazil's oldest, on Sep(REPORT ON PAGE 10 ) tember 2, 2018. AFP Chouhan, Scindia targets of attacks STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE BHOPAL, 3 SEPTEMBER Top politicians in Madhya Pradesh are facing challenging times, as MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s vehicle became the target of stone pelting while MP Congress election campaign committee chief Jyotiraditya Scindia has allegedly received a life threat on the social media. Stones were pelted on MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s vehicle during his ongoing ‘Jan Ashirwad Yatra’ in the Churhat Assembly constituency of Sidhi district of the state on 2 September night. Though Chouhan, who was travelling, escaped unhurt, the windshield and the outside rearview mirror of his vehicle were damaged in the attack. Meanwhile, the same day, Scindia reportedly received a threat to his life on Facebook allegedly from the son of a sitting BJP MLA.
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