WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 05 SEPTEMBER 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |`5|LC KOLKATA|NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR US WARNS SYRIA, ALLIES AGAINST IDLIB ATTACK CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGE MUST DICTATE AID POLICY P9 SENSEX 38,157.92 -154.60 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky with possibility of light rain/thundershowers. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 31 and 25 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: 11.6 MM RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 100% Min. 84% Max: 29.8°C (-5) SUN RISES 06:02 hrs MOON RISES 01:53 hrs Min: 25.1°C (-1) SUN SETS 18:38 hrs MOON SETS 15:05 hrs TEMPERATURE NIFTY P12 11,520.30 -62.05 ` vs $ 71.58 -37 PAISE 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 P13 commander fighting the Soviet occupation. 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 P5 the ongoing trial in the case. 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. A teenager, who had entered a house to allegedly steal valuables, was lynched by locals in northwest Delhi's Mukundpur in the early hours of Tuesday, following which three people were arrested, police said. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northwest) Aslam Khan said the 16-year-old boy had entered the house to steal valuables, but was caught by the owner and beaten to death by some locals. A case has been registered at Bhalaswa Dairy police station for the lynching of the youth. Three people accused of lynching the youth have been arrested while three others are on the run, the police official said. The accused have been identified as Nand Kishore, Raj Kishore,Triveni, Deshraj, Sant Lal and Sohan Lal. Police have GOLD 30,130 -96.00 SILVER 36,667 Kolkata bridge caves in during rush hour STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 4 SEPTEMBER A 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. 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 A case has been registered at Bhalaswa Dairy police station for the lynching of the youth. Three people accused of lynching the youth have been arrested while three others are on the run, the police official said also registered a case of theft against the deceased. Police were told that the boy was accompanied by two others when he came to the Mukundpur house for allegedly committing a theft. A woman resident of the house was awakened by some noise and she saw three boys on the second floor of the house. Two others fled from there but the teenager was caught and beaten to death by -429.00 BRENT OIL (IN $) 79.30 HYDERABAD, 4 SEPTEMBER 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 sec- locals, the police said. The boy's family claimed that he was not a thief and that there was some other reasons behind his lynching. During inquiry, it emerged the incident happened at 3.30 am but the police were informed about it around 6.30 am.“Around 6.30 am, a PCR call was received about an incident of theft. It is being inquired why was the call made after three hours,” another officer said. The teenaged boy belonged to Khagaria district in Bihar and had come here around a fortnight ago, the police said, adding his mother is a homemaker and stays in Bihar, while his father works as a labourer in Noida. His elder brother works as an electrician and the victim was also getting trained in repairing electronic items. In July, a 31-year-old suspected thief was beaten to death in north Delhi's Burari. tion, 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 technical 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 PortTrust (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. 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 completed 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.” +1.15 Two held guilty for Hyderabad blasts that killed 44, two let off PTI 16-year-old boy lynched in Delhi on suspicion of theft NEW DELHI, 4 SEPTEMBER P15 P13 1 dead, 23 injured; state govt orders probe, questions raised over PWD’s work THUMBNAILS PRESS TRUST OF INDIA FEDERER CRASHES OUT OF US OPEN ALVI ELECTED PAKISTAN PRESIDENT A metropolitan court here 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. Second Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge (incharge) T Srinivas Rao pronounced Aneeq Shafique Sayeed and Mohammed Akbar Ismail Chowdhari guilty in the 11-year-old case, but acquitted two other accused Farooq Sharfuddin Tarkash and Mohammed Sadiq Israr Ahmed Shaik for want of evidence. The prosecution has now decided to seek capital punishment for the convicts. All the four are natives of Maharashtra. The quantum of punishment as also the judgement on the fifth accused Tarik Anjum, accused of harbouring the perpetrators in New Delhi and other places, will be pronounced on Monday. "The prosecution proved the case against Aneeq Shafique Sayeed and Mohammed Akbar Ismail Chowdhari and they were convicted. The quantum of sentence against them will be pronounced next Monday," Special Public Prosecutor C Seshu Reddy told reporters after the verdict was pronounced inside a special courtroom at Cherlapalli Central Prison. The courtroom was out of bounds for media. The detailed judgement is likely to be available in 2-3 days, Reddy, who represented the counter-intelligence wing of the Telangana Police that probed the case, said. Two synchronised blasts had rocket Gokul Chaat, a popular eatery, killing 32 people and leaving 47 injured, and an open air theatre in Lumbini Park close to the state secretariat where 12 people died and 21 wounded. Three other accused including IM founder Riyaz Bhatkal, his brother Iqbal, and Amir Reza Khan are absconding.The Bhatkal brothers of Karnataka are believed to have taken shelter in Pakistan. "Three others are absconding and we will proceed with the case against them once they are caught," Reddy said. Barring Anjum, all seven were charged with involvement in the two blasts as also the recovery of an unexploded bomb from under a foot overbridge in Dilsukh Nagar area. According to another Public Prosecutor K Surender, Sayeed and Chowdhari were found guilty of carrying out the blasts and convicted under various sections of the IPC including 302 (murder), besides provisions of the Arms Act, and the anti-terror law-Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The survivors and family members of the victims, meanwhile, sought capital punishment for the perpetrators. Chander Nayak, one of the victims who lost an eye in the blast, demanded that the state government appeal against their acquittal in the High Court. CJI picks Justice Gogoi as successor 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. CJI Misra's recommendation is in line with convention that the seniormost apex court judge succeeds the incumbent CJI on his retirement. In accordance with conven- tion, 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 Ram Nath Kovind on 3 October. Justice Gogoi's term would continue till 17 November 2019 when he attains the age of 65. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had recently asked Justice Misra to recommend the name of his successor, thus setting in motion the process of a change of guard in the 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 Ram Nath Kovind on 3 October CJI Dipak Misra Justice Ranjan Gogoi country's top court. Speculation was rife over Justice Gogoi's appointment as the next CJI after the apex court's four seniormost judges ~ including Justice Gogoi along with Justice J Chelameswar (since retired), Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Kurian Joseph ~ in an unpredented move, held a press conference on 12 January this year to criticise CJI Misra on various issues concerning the functioning of the top court and administration of justice, especially the manner of allocation of cases to certain benches. Justice Gogoi is from Assam. Among other cases, he currently heads the special bench hearing the case of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam. Born in 1954, Justice Gogoi reportedly joined the Bar in 1978. He was appointed a permanent judge of the Gauhati High Court in February 2001. He was transferred to the Punjab and Haryana High Court in September 2010 and was elevated as its Chief Justice in February 2011. He was appointed as a Supreme Court judge in April 2012. IATA chief flags concerns of Indian aviation sector No cut in excise duty on fuels STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE PTI NEW DELHI, 4 SEPTEMBER 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. 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." IATA's growth forecast for India indicate a trebling of passenger demand by 2037 when some 500 million people are expected to fly to, from or within India. He also flagged other concerns about the Indian aviation sector, including infrastructure woes and privatisation of airports. Levying GST on overseas air tickets violates international norms and also weakens the competitiveness of carriers, IATA chief said. The GST rate is 5 per cent and 12 per cent on economy and business class tickets, respectively. Juniac also said that India's aviation sector is projected to see 500 million trips "to, from and within" by 2037. However, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said the country will become capa- ble of handling a billion trips. India's civil aviation sector has recorded 50 months of double-digit growth and it can be "very easily maintained for the next 50 months, provided that all nuts and bolts are in place", Civil Aviation Secretary R N Choubey said. In his inaugural address of International Aviation Summit, the Civil Aviation Minister, Suresh Prabhu said India plans to construct 100 airports at an estimated cost of USD 60 billion in the next 10 to 15 years. NEW DELHI, 4 SEPTEMBER The government will not cut excise duty on petrol and diesel to cushion spiralling prices, which touched fresh highs Tuesday, as it has limited fiscal space available to take any dent in revenue collections, a top official said. With imports becoming costlier because of a free-fall in rupee against the US dollar, the government believes the current account deficit will overshoot the target and it cannot "disturb fiscal maths Rupee crumbles MUMBAI, 4 SEPTEMBER 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 fifth-straight session. PTI (SEE ALSO PAGE 11) by cutting excise duty on petrol and diesel," the official, who wished not to be identi- fied, said. Petrol and diesel prices Tuesday touched fresh highs as rupee dipped to a record low of 71.54 against US dollar, making imports costlier. Petrol price in Delhi rose to a record Rs 79.31 a litre and diesel climbed to an all-time high of Rs 71.34, renewing calls for a cut in excise duty to cushion the spike. Almost half of the retail selling price of the two fuel is made up of central and state taxes. According to a price notification of stateowned fuel retailers, petrol price was Tuesday hiked by 16 paise per litre and diesel by 19 paise.
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