CMYK WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 05 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 P9 SENSEX 38,157.92 -154.60 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky with 1/2 spells of rain/thundershower. Max-min temp likely to be around 32-25 degree cels, resp RAINFALL: 72.1 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.94% Min. 66% Max: 33.8°C (+2) SUN RISES 05:21 hrs MOON RISES 00.23 hrs Min: 25.3°C (-1) SUN SETS 17:50 hrs MOON SETS 14:07 hrs TEMPERATURE New moon on 9 September INDIA SHINING BUT... CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGE MUST DICTATE AID POLICY ALVI ELECTED PAKISTAN PRESIDENT HOW ABOUT LEAVING COOK OUT OF HIS FAREWELL TEST? P7 NIFTY 11,520.30 -62.05 P6 ` vs $ 71.58 -37 PAISE GOLD 29,150.00 +20.00 P11 SILVER 37,250.00 +50.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 78.83 +0.68 Busy bridge caves in during rush hour Injured admitted to SSKM and CMRI hospitals; state govt orders probe THUMBNAILS QUESTIONS ARE BEING RAISED OVER THE PWD’S SINCERITY IN UPKEEP Haqqani network leader ‘dead’: The Taliban announced on Tuesday the death of Jalaluddin Haqqani, a former CIA asset whose eponymous militant group is now considered one of the most dangerous factions fighting Afghan and US-led NATO forces in Afghanistan. The Haqqani network was founded by Jalaluddin, an Afghan mujahideen commander fighting the Soviet occupation in the 1980s. SC rejects Lt Col Purohit’s plea for SIT probe: The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a plea by Lt Col Prasad Shrikant Purohit seeking a court-monitored probe into his alleged kidnapping, illegal detention and brutal torture in the 2008 Malegaon blast case. A bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Naveen Sinha and KM Joseph said hearing the petition at this stage might impact the ongoing trial in the case. Two held guilty for Hyd blasts, two let off: A metropolitan court in Hyderabad on Tuesday convicted two 'Indian Mujahideen' operatives of murder and terrorism for the 2007 Hyderabad blasts where two powerful explosions ripped through a popular eatery and an open air theatre, killing 44 people and wounding 68, prosecutors said. Prosecution hasdecided to seek capital punishment for the convicts. India v WI: India will begin its seven-week home series against the West Indies with a Test match at Rajkot on October 4, less than a week after the completion of the Asia Cup. India will play 2 Tests, 5 ODIs & 3 T20Is, BCCI secretary said in a press release. The ODI will be followed by the three T20 Internationals to be held in Kolkata (November 4), Lucknow (November 6) and Chennai (November 11). Mike Tyson to visit Mumbai: Former controversial American heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson is to make his firstever visit to India. Tyson is slated to attend the first fight night of the Kumite 1 League, to be held here on September 29, it was announced Tuesday. The League organisers said this will be the first time the once fearsome heavyweight champion will be visiting the country. INJURED Majerhat bridge which collapsed on Tuesday. DILIP DUTTA STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 4 SEPTEMBER portion of the arterial Majerhat bridge in south Kolkata collapsed this evening causing death to one, while over a score people were injured. Dozens of people were believed to have been trapped under the debris and many vehicles moving along the affected portion were crushed. The collapse was a chilling reminder of the 2016 Vivekanada Bridge collapse in the Posta area of central Kolkata in which 28 people were killed. The 40-year-old bridge in the crowded Alipore area suddenly caved in around 4-45 p.m., the peak evening hour when commuters were returning home in buses and cars. It runs over the Majerhat Railway Station and connects the city centre to Behala and other southern suburbs. The police confirmed the death of one person, identified as Soumen Bag, while fire brigade personnel engaged in the rescue work said 25 injured had been pulled out of the rubble. A The injured have been admitted to SSKM and CMRI hospitals, the police said. “We were sitting and talking among ourselves when we heard a thud. We ran to the spot immediately and were shocked to find a Howrah-bound mini bus from Behala Sakherbazar had fallen down and got caught in the debris. Scores of bus passengers were screaming for help. We immediately started extricating the trapped plassengers and managed to pull out seven of them. The police and other rescue teams were yet to reach the spot then,” said Gulam Mustafa, one of the locals and an eye-witness to the collapse. “Some workers of the Metro construction staying at a temporary shade on the side of the nallh where the portion had caved-in are feared to have been trapped”, he said. Thousands of people travelling in the peak evening hours were inconvenienced. There was chaos all around the area. With onlookers and passersby making a beeline to the spot, the police had a trying time in keeping them at bay. City police commissioner, along with the mayor and other officials monitored the situation. Traffic from various parts of South 24 Parganas and Behala were diverted from Diamond Park area, the officer said. Movement of traffic towards south-west Kolkata and South 24 Parganas were being diverted from Kidderpore and through Port area and Circular Garden Reach Road, he said. Train services in Circular Railway and Sealdah-Budge Budge line were suspended as precautionary measure following the collapse, Eastern Railway spokesman R N Mahapatra said. Train movement through Majherhat had been suspended temporarily as a precautionary measure, he said. Train services in the Sealdah-Budge Budge section, which were suspended after a portion of the Majerhat bridge collapsed in south Kolkata on Tuesday, has resumed, an Eastern Railway official said. State urban development and municipal affairs minister Firhad Hakim, who visited the spot, said : “ The bridge is very old. The engineers of the PWD, KMDA and other techni- STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 4 SEPTEMBER IATA is a grouping of more than 280 airlines. Air India, Jet Airways and Vistara are members. "While it is easy to find Indian passengers who want to fly, it's very difficult for airlines to make money in this market," said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA's Director General and CEO at the International Aviation Summit being held here. Juniac said, "India's social and economic development needs airlines to be able to profitably accommodate growing demand. We must address infrastructure constraints that limit growth and government policies that deviate from global standards and drive up the cost of connectivity." Qatar Airways:Qatar Airways will wait for “another 12 months” to decide on setting up an airline in India as it seeks clarity on “ambiguous” foreign ownership norms, its chief Akbar Al Baker said on Tuesday. NARENDRA MODI PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA cal persons will ascertain the cause of the collapse. The rescure operation is on in full swing. We are not thinking of deploying the Army at this stage”. He also added that a team of Disaster Management Group (DMG) had joined in the rescue operation and a team of forensic experts had also come to the spot to take samples for test. Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) spokesperson said that a team of PSO and 50 CISF personnel of KoPT had been deployed to help in the rescue of the hapless people feared to have been trapped under the debris. No cut in excise duty on petrol Rupee crumbles NEW DELHI, 4 SEPTEMBER MUMBAI, 4 SEPTEMBER The government will not cut excise duty on petrol and diesel to cushion spiralling prices, which touched fresh highs today, as it has limited fiscal space available to take any dent in revenue collections, a top official said. Petrol price in Delhi rose to Rs 79.31 a litre and diesel to Rs 71.34/l. PTI The rupee crumbled by a staggering 37 paise to end at a fresh lifetime low of 71.58 against the resurgent dollar Tuesday as persistent trade worries and macro concerns continue to proliferate. The rupee stretched its record fall for the fifthPTI straight session. CMYK DEAD The collapse of a part of a bridge in Kolkata is deeply unfortunate. My thoughts are with the families of the victims. I pray that those injured recover soon. IATA chief flags concerns of Indian aviation sector The largest global airlines association, International Air Transport Association (IATA), said on Tuesday that domestic airlines in India are facing headwinds owing to steep rise in fuel costs and the decline in the value of the Indian rupee. According to IATA, the rise in fuel costs was particularly acute for Indian carriers as it makes up 34 per cent of operating costs well above the global average of 24 per cent. 25 01 SEE ALSO PAGE 8 West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has ordered a probe into the incident and a committee, headed by the chief secretary, has been set up. The collapse of Majerhat bridge has brought its maintenance agency ~ PWD ~ under the scanner with questions being raised on its sincerity in performing the task. The collapse has further brought to light a repair that was carried out on the same bridge last month. Sources said that the PWD engineers repaired the stretch through bitumen coating. It is being alleged that the work was com- pleted very fast and had it been done properly then the tragedy could have been avoided. In April, the PWD's Alipore Division had invited tenders for the “surface repairing” of a 1.2 km stretch between Taratala Flyover, Majerhat Bridge and DH Road. The work included “patch repair or patch maintenance”, “bituminous surfacing work with bituminous thickness less than 40 mm”, “repair & rehabilitation” of any bridge and added that the “defect liability period of the work shall be one year from the actual completion of the work.” It is a big disaster. I heard that maintenance of the Majerhat bridge is entrusted with the PWD and the Railways. The matter requires to be probed. KESHARI NATH TRIPATHI GOVERNOR OF WEST BENGAL The how and why of the Majerhat bridge collapse incident will be looked into later while priority will be given to relief and rescue operations. MAMATA BANERJEE CHIEF MINISTER OF WEST BENGAL Next CJI: CJI picks Justice Gogoi STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 4 SEPTEMBER Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra today sent a letter to the Centre, recommending Justice Ranjan Gogoi as his successor. Sticking to convention and the principle of seniority, CJI Misra reportedly sent his letter to the Union Ministry of Law and Justice, endorsing and recommending the name of Justice Gogoi ~ the seniormost judge of the Supreme Court after him ~ as the next CJI. It was understood on 1 September that CJI Misra had decided to go by convention and recommend Justice Gogoi's name as his successor. In accordance with convention, the outgoing CJI sends his recommendation for his successor a month before he is to demit office so that the CJI-designate is announced well in time. CJI Misra is scheduled to demit his office on 2 October, which is a national holiday on account of Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary. So, 1 October will be his last working day. If CJI Misra's recommendation is cleared by the Central government ~ which is considered to be a formality ~ Justice Gogoi will be administered the oath of office as the next CJI by President Kovind on 3 October. Justice Gogoi's term would continue till 17 November 2019 when he attains the age of 65.
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