SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 30 SEPTEMBER 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16+4 | `5 |LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR THE FIVE-DAY NAROPA FESTIVAL INCLUDED A WIDE RANGE OF EVENTS FROM TRADITIONAL DANCE PERFORMANCES TO POP CONCERTS WEATHER Clear sky. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 35 and 24 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 91% Min. 38% Max: 35.2°C (+1) SUN RISES 06:14 hrs MOON RISES 22:00 hrs Min: 23.4°C (+1) SUN SETS 18:09 hrs MOON SETS 11:58 hrs TEMPERATURE P1 Quake, tsunami kill 384 in Indonesia Witnesses in Pehlu lynching case shot at ‘Tsunami, not collapsed buildings, killed most quake victims in Palu’ PRESS TRUST OF INDIA JAKARTA POST/ANN Witnesses in the Pehlu Khan lynching case, including the victim's two sons, were allegedl y f i re d u p o n by unidentified men on Saturday while they were on their way to depose before a court in Behror town of Alwar district, police said. Following a complaint lodged by Pehlu Khan's son Irshad at the Neemrana police station, a case was registered and investigation initiated, they said. “The witnesses (in the lynching case) have submitted a complaint to police after which a case was registered. We have started an investigation,” Alwar SP Rajendra Singh said. According to the FIR, six people, including Pehlu's sons Irshad and Ar if and their lawyer were on their way to court in Behror when some unidentified people arrived in an SUV and fired on them. Immediately after the alleged attack, the victims informed police about it and they were offered police escort. But they went to the SP office to lodge the complaint, Jaipur range IG V K Singh said. In April last year, Pehlu Khan, a dairy farmer, was allegedly lynched by cow vigilantes in Alwar district when he was transporting cattle to his village in Haryana. JAKARTA, 29 SEPTEMBER T THUMBNAILS Cristiano Ronaldo believes the overhead bicycle kick he scored for Real Madrid against his current club Juventus last season was better than Mohamed Salah's which won the FIFA goal of the year award. Import duty on 35 capital goods waived to boost mobile phone manufacturing: The government has exempted 35 machine parts used for manufacturing mobile phone components from the basic customs duty to promote handset production in the country, according to an official notification. Circuit board (known as motherboard) coating machine, PCB assembly loader, unloader have been exempted from customs duty. India gets loan from Japan for bullet train: The Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project seems to be on track. Japan has signed on the first of several yen loans to India to help finance the construction of the country's new high-speed rail network. Officials from the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the Indian government attended a ceremony in New Delhi on Friday to sign documents. P 5 he National Disaster and Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has said most of the victims in Palu, Central Sulawesi, were killed by the tsunami that slammed into the city after a 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit the province on Friday. About 384 people were killed and 540 injured in the disaster. “Most of them died because of the tsunami,” BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told reporters on Saturday. The agency was still trying to count the number of fatalities following the earthquakes and tsunami that affected three regions in the province: Palu, Donggala and Mamuju. As of Saturday afternoon, most of the residents in Palu and Donggala had to spend the night without electricity because state-owned electricity company PLN was able to fix only two of the seven damaged power stations in Palu and Donggala. A string of earthquakes hit the Central Sulawesi regency of Donggala on Friday afternoon, one of which reached 7.4-magnitude on Friday at 6:02 p.m. local time. The largest earthquake was followed by waves, which were 0.5 to 3 meters high, on parts of Donggala’s coast and Talise Beach in Palu. Hundreds dead in Palu, Donggala out of reach “Updated numbers of the victims show that 384 (Above): Residents salvage belongings after an earthquake and tsunami hit Palu. (Left) Medical team members with patients outside a hospital. On SatAFP urday. people died, 29 are missing and 540 are injured. Donggala is still unreachable because communications are still cut off ,” said BNPB spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho at a press briefing on Saturday. Sutopo said the earthquake had knocked out seven power stations owned by state electricity company PLN in Palu and Donggala. On Saturday morning, the company managed to power up two of them. The blackout affected cellular network. The earthquake also destroyed the biggest shopping mall in Palu along with the iconic Ponulele bridge that connected West and East Donggala. Palu air traffic controller Apple executive shot dead by UP cops STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE LUCKNOW, 29 SEPTEMBER Vivek Tiwari, an executive with Apple, was allegedly shot dead by the police in the posh Gomtinagar locality of the Uttar Pradesh capital early on Saturday. The two policemen accused of the crime, constables Prashant Chaudhary and Sandeep Kumar, have been dismissed from service and sent to jail after they were booked under Section 302 of IPC. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has denied that the incident was a encounter. Talking to newsmen in Gorakhpur on Saturday, the chief minister said prima facie those found AMONG HIS NOVELS AND NON-FICTIONAL NARRATIVES, THREE ARE REFERRED TO TIME AND AGAIN AS VS NAIPAUL’S P 10 REPRESENTATION OF INDIA Family members mourn as body of Vivek Tiwari arrives at his IANS residence in Lucknow on Saturday guilty of the crime have been arrested. Adityanath said if needed a CBI inquiry would be recommended into the incident. A CBI probe has also been demanded by the relatives of the deceased. The deceased who was working as an area sales manager in Apple in Lucknow was with his lady colleague, Sana, when the incident occurred near the CMS School in Gomtinagar extension at about 1.30 a.m. Tiwari who was returning after a company event at Sri Ram Towers in Hazratganj and was in a black SUV with his colleague was intercepted by the two motorcycle-borne constables, Prashant Chaudhary and Sandeep Kumar, who were on night patrol duty. The cops tried to stop Tiwari's vehicle but when he refused to comply, Chaudhary allegedly fired at him from his service revolver. The bullet pierced Vivek Tiwari's chin but he continued to drive for some distance before the SUV crashed into a roadside electricity pillar. TURN TO PAGE 6 dies after jumping off collapsing tower Anthonius Gunawan Agung, 21, who was on duty as an air traffic controller (ATC) at Palu airport in Central Sulawesi, died on Saturday due to injuries he suffered after jumping off an ATC tower when the 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit the area. Didiet KS Radityo, the corporate secretary of the Indonesian Flight Navigation Service Institution (AirNav Indonesia), told The Jakarta Post that Agung, who worked for AirNav Indonesia, died in hospital on Saturday morning. Electricity Act changes very dangerous: Kejri AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 29 SEPTEMBER Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today slammed the BJP-led central government, saying the amendments proposed by it to the Electricity Act 2003 were “very dangerous” and aimed at benefiting "some big power companies close to PM Modi” at the cost of the country's poor people, farmers and middle class. The proposed amendment Bill would put an end to cross-subsidy, injecting a steep 2-to-5 times hike in the power tariff across the board, so that even the middle class would find it difficult to afford electricity, Kejri(SEE P2) wal charged. FBI probe into Kavanaugh ordered AGENCIES WASHINGTON, 29 SEPTEMBER Agreeing to the demands by Democrats, US President Donald Trump has ordered a limited FBI investigation into the allegations of sexual assault against his embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, throwing his Senate confirmation in doubt. The FBI has been asked to complete its investigation in a week, meaning the confirmation of Kavanaugh, 53, as Supreme Court judge would be delayed by at least a week. “I've ordered the FBI to conduct a supplemental investigation to update Judge Kavanaugh's file. As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week,” Trump announced Fri- day. In an accompanying statement issued by the White House, Kavanaugh promised full co-operation in the investigation. “Throughout this process, I've been interviewed by the FBI, I've done a number of 'background' calls directly with the Senate, and yesterday, I answered questions under oath about every topic the senators and their counsel asked me. I've done everything they have requested and will continue to cooperate,” Kavanaugh said. At least three women have now accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct while drunk. On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford, 51, during a televised public hearing before the committee recounted the alleged sexual assault by the conservative judge, which “drastically altered her life”. The two were in high schools when the alleged incident happened in the early 1980s. Kavanaugh, making appearance before the same Senate committee after Ford, denied the allegations. Trump's decision on a limited FBI investigation against Kavanaugh came after the Republicans agreed to it. The Republicans hold a 51-49 majority in the Senate, ”The Senate Judiciary Committee will request that the administration instruct the FBI to conduct a supplemental FBI background investigation with respect to the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court,” the committee said in a statement. “The supplemental FBI background investigation would be limited to current credible allegations against the nominee and must be completed no later than one week from today,” it said after Republican Senator Jeff Flake demanded the same. Flake called for a delay in the Senate vote to allow for an FBI probe into the claims levelled against Kavanaugh. While Trump continued to back Kavanaugh and said he would not change his Supreme Court nominee, he also praised Ford. “I thought her testimony was very compelling, and she looks like a very fine woman to me. A very fine woman. And I thought that Brett's testimony, likewise, was really something that I haven't seen before. It was incredible. It was an incredible moment, I think, in the history of our country,” he told reporters during a media appearance with the visiting Chilean President. Sushma slams Pak at UNGA for glorifying terror JAIPUR, 29 SEPTEMBER India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj addresses the 73rd United Nations General Assembly at the United AFP Nations in New York on Saturday. PRESS TRUST OF INDIA UNHQ, 29 SEPTEMBER Calling out Pakistan's “lie” that India is sabotaging the dialogue process, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Saturday asked world leaders how can talks can be pursued in the midst of “terrorist bloodshed” with a nation that “glorifies killers.” In a hard-hitting retort to Pakistan, Swaraj said India has made many efforts to have talks with Islamabad and the only reason they have stopped is because of Pakistan's behaviour. “We are accused of sabotaging the process of talks. This is a complete lie. We believe that talks are the only rational means to resolve the most complex of disputes. Talks with Pakistan have begun many times. If they stopped, it was only because of Pakistan's behaviour,” she said in her address to the General Debate of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly here. The Indian leader told the world body that after assuming power, Pakistan's new Prime Minister Imran Khan wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggesting a meeting between the countries' foreign ministers on the margins of the General Assembly. India accepted the proposal but, within hours of its acceptance, news came that terrorists had killed three Indian jawans, she said. “Does this indicate a desire for dialogue,” Swaraj asked. She informed the General Assembly that various governments in India over the years have tried the peace option. Prime Minister Modi, by inviting the Heads of the SAARC nations to his swearing in ceremony, had begun his attempt for dialogue on his very first day in office. Swaraj said she too had in December 2016, personally gone to Islamabad and offered a comprehensive bilateral dialogue.
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