SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 30 SEPTEMBER FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone 2018 twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 20 | `5.00 |LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR AMONG HIS NOVELS AND NON-FICTIONAL NARRATIVES, THREE ARE REFERRED TO TIME AND AGAIN AS VS NAIPAUL’S REPRESENTATION OF INDIA THE FIVE-DAY NAROPA FESTIVAL INCLUDED A WIDE RANGE OF EVENTS FROM TRADITIONAL DANCE PERFORMANCES TO POP CONCERTS WEATHER Sultry weather. Max and min temp to be around 35/28 degrees Celsius, resp. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.94% TEMPERATURE Quake, tsunami kill 384 in Indonesia ‘Tsunami, not collapsed buldings, killed most quake victims in Palu’ Min. 54% Max: 35.8°C (+3) Min: 27.5°C (+2) SUN SETS SUN RISES 17:26 hrs 05:28 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 21:24 hrs 10:01 hrs Third quarter of moon on 5 October THUMBNAILS Mayank Agarwal (in photo) and Siraj got their maiden call in the Indian squad for the 2-match Test series against West Indies while Shikhar Dhawan was dropped. Bhuvneshwar Kumar P11 and Jasprit Bumrah have been rested. 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. P5 JAKARTA POST/ANN JAKARTA, 29 SEPTEMBER 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 people died, 29 are miss- T (Above): Residents salvage belongings after an earthquake and tsunami hit Palu. Medical team members with patients outside a hospital. On Saturday. AFP ing 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 dies after jump- ing 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 will help only power firms close to PM’ Witnesses in Pehlu lynching case shot at PRESS TRUST OF INDIA PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 29 SEPTEMBER JAIPUR, 29 SEPTEMBER Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal lashed out at the BJP-led central government on Saturday, saying the amendments proposed by it to the Electricity Act, 2003 were “very dangerous” and aimed at benefitting “a few power companies” at the cost of the poor people and farmers of the country. The proposed amendment bill would put an end to crosssubsidy, injecting a steep twoto-five times hike in the power tariff across the board, so that even the middle class, let alone the farmers and poor, would find it difficult to afford electricity, he charged at a press Witnesses in the Pehlu Khan lynching case, including the victim's two sons, were allegedly fired upon 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 Neemrana police station, a case was registered and investigation initiated. “The witnesses (in the lynching case) have submitted a complaint to police after which a case was registered. We have started an investigation,” Alwar Superintendent of Police Rajendra Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal addresses a press conference on the new Electricity Bill, in the Capital on Saturday. RITIK JAIN conference at his residence here. “I will write to all the chief ministers and personally meet those from the non-BJP-ruled states against the amendments that are very dangerous and draconian. This move is aimed at benefitting the big power companies that are known to be close to the PM,” the AAP chief said.He alleged it would “snatch away” the power of state governments by bringing all the decisionmaking rights into the Centre's domain. Singh said. According to the First Information Report (FIR), six people, including Pehlu Khan's sons Irshad and Arif, and their lawyer were on way to court in Behror when some unidentified people arrived in an SUV and fired on them. The car did not have a registration number plate, police 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. The mob suspected that Pehlu Khan was smuggling cows. He died two days after being attacked. Trump’s SC pick faces FBI probe 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 on Friday. 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 inci- dent happened in the early 1980s. Kavanaugh, making his 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 com- pleted 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. Apple India executive shot dead by UP cop Sushma slams Pak at UNGA for glorifying terror LUCKNOW/NEW DELHI, 29 SEPTEMBER A tech company executive was shot dead early on Saturday morning by a policeman in Lucknow when he allegedly refused to stop his car for checking in Lucknow's posh Gomti Nagar neighbourhood, police said. Two constables were arrested on the basis of an FIR lodged by Apple executive Vivek Tiwari's colleague Sana Khan, who was travelling with him. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh asked Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to take effective action based on law in the case. Hours after the 1.30 a.m. shooting, Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police O P Singh called it a criminal act and said the two constables will be dismissed from service. The police have set up a special investigation team (SIT ). In Gorakhpur, Adityanath said if needed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will be asked to probe. Senior Superintendent of Police Kalanidhi Naithani said the two policemen on patrol duty had asked Tiwari to stop the SUV, which had hit their motorcycle and injured them. Constable Prashant Chaudhary noticed “suspicious activity” and opened fire when the man allegedly tried to speed away. A bullet pierced the windscreen as the car rammed into a pilPTI lar, police said. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj addresses the 73rd United Nations General Assembly on Saturday. AFP PRESS TRUST OF INDIA UNHQ, 29 SEPTEMBER Pakistan's commitment to terrorism as an instrument of state policy has not abated one bit, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told world leaders at the UN on Saturday and asked them how India can pursue talks with a nation that “glorifies killers” and allows the Mumbai attack mastermind to “roam free” with impunity. 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,” she said in her address to the General Debate of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly here. “Talks with Pakistan have begun many times. If they stopped, it was only because of Pakistan's behaviour,” she said. The minister said 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 noted that various governments in India have tried the peace option with Pakistan. Prime Minister Modi, by inviting the Heads of the SAARC nations to his swearing in ceremony in 2014, had begun his attempt for dialogue on his very first day in office. Swaraj said she too had in December 2016 gone to Islamabad and offered a comprehensive bilateral dialogue.
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