www.thestatesman.com MONDAY FIND US ONLINE 01 OCTOBER 2018 Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P4 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky with a few spells of light to moderate rain/thundershowers. One and two spells may be intense. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 35 and 23 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: 0.2mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 91% TEMPERATURE Max: 34.1°C (0) SUN RISES 06:14 hrs MOON RISES 22:51 hrs TRUMP SAYS HE AND KIM JONG UN 'IN LOVE' RAOMILA THAPAR ASKS GOVT TO DEFINE ‘URBAN NAXAL’ WILL RESERVATION BRING WELFARE, ASKS SPEAKER P5 P12 India tears into Pakistan at UN ‘New Pakistan cast in the mold of the old’ STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Min. 33% NEW DELHI, 30 SEPTEMBER Min: 24.4°C (+1) SUN SETS 18:07 hrs MOON SETS 12:58 hrs THUMBNAILS Former President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev (R) poses for a picture with his wife Ziroatkhon Hoshimova during their visit to the AFP Taj Mahal in Agra on Sunday. LPG price hike: Subsidised cooking gas (LPG) price Sunday hiked by Rs 2.89 per cylinder to Rs 502.4 per cylinder. The price of non-subsidised LPG at Delhi will increase by Rs 59.00 per cylinder in October 2018 mainly due to change in international price and foreign exchange fluctuations, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) said in a statement. The actual impact on subsidised domestic LPG customers is only Rs 2.89 per cylinder, which is mainly due to GST on the above, IOC added. O bserving that Imran Khan’s ‘New Pakistan’ was cast in the mold of the old, India has expressed outrage over Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s charge that terrorists supported by India had carried out the horrific attack on a Peshawar school in which more than 150 children were killed four years ago. The ‘despicable’ insinuation made by the Pakistan foreign minister dishonoured the memory of innocent lives lost to terrorists on that day, Indian diplomat Eenam Gambhir (file photograph) said as India exercised its ‘Right of Reply’ to Qureshi’s speech at the UN General Assembly. She recollected the outpouring of sorrow and pain in India that followed the massacre of innocent children in the 2014 gruesome attack. Both Houses of India's Parliament had expressed solidarity while paying respect to the memory of those killed. Schools all over India had observed two minutes of silence in memory of those killed. Gambhir said Pakistan had made a ‘desperate attempt’ to link India with the terror attack so as to divert attention from the monster of terror that it has itself created in its quest to destabilise its neighbours and covet their territory. This was in response to Qureshi's remarks that Pakistan continued to face terrorism that was financed, facilitated and orchestrated by its eastern neighbour. Referring to Qureshi’s remarks on the Kashmir issue, the Indian diplomat asserted that the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir was and would remain an integral part of India. She chided Pakistan for its claim that it has turned the tide against terrorism. ‘’Let us fact check this: Can Pakistan deny the fact that it is the host and patron of 132 of the UN-designated terrorists and 22 terrorist entities under the 1267 and the 1988 UN Security Council sanctions regime as of today?’’ she asked. Gambhir wondered if Pakistan could deny that UN-designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed enjoyed a free run inside Pakistan, spewing venom and setting up candidates for electoral office. She also took notice of an effort of the ‘New Pakistan’ to champion human rights. ‘’This is vintage verbal duplicity. It is evident from the recent example of the Princeton economist, Professor Atif Mian’s appointment and removal from the Economic Advisory Council on grounds that he belongs to a ‘minority’. Before preaching to the world, championing of human rights should begin at home,’’ she added. She also slammed Qureshi for his charge that India cancelled the meeting between the foreign minister of the two countries on‘flimsy’ grounds, like the killing of security personnel. ‘’While it may not be the case for Pakistan, for India, every loss of life counts. Hence our belief that talks and terror cannot go together,’’ she added. Modi iterates robust response to ‘proxy war’ JAMMU, 30 SEPTEMBER. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 30 SEPTEMBER A Pakistani helicopter with the Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) Prime Minister, Raja Farooq Haider, on board on Sunday violated Indian airspace and crossed the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch sector of Jammu. The white coloured Pakistani helicopter crossed 700 metres into Indian air space along the Line of Control. Pakistani media said that the PoK PM was flying to village Tarori near the LoC to participate in a condolence meeting when Indian troops opened fire. The helicopter reportedly flew over Gulpur and Digwar villages along the LoC for 2 minutes and returned to PoK. Army spokesman, Lt. Colonel Devender Anand, said that the violation took place at about 12.10 pm. Army troops reportedly fired warning shots as the helicopter crossed the LoC. Reports said that the helicopter intruded into the Indian airspace near the Nole post in the Gulpur sub-sector. Meanwhile, an Army Havaldar Rao Sangra was injured in a mine blast in the Salotri area on the line of control. The injured soldier has been flown to the Udhampur military hospital for treatment. SNS The death toll in Indonesia's quake-tsunami disaster nearly doubled to more than 800 Sunday, as ill-equipped rescuers struggled to reach scores of trapped victims, health officials resorted to mass burials and desperate residentslootedshopsforfood and water. “The casualties will keep increasing,” said national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, whose agency announced 832 deaths. “Today we will start the massburialofvictims,toavoid the spread of disease.” Indonesian Vice-President Jusuf Kalla said the final death toll in the north of Sulawesi island could be in the“thousands” since many regions have still not been Rescue personnel evacuate earthquake survivor Ida, a food vendor, from the rubble of a AFP collapsed restaurant in Palu, in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi, on Sunday. reached. Indonesia's Metro TV on Sunday broadcast footage from a coastal community in Donggala, close to the epi- centre of the quake. Some waterfront homes appeared crushed but a resident said most people fled to higher ground after the quake struck. “When it shook really hard, we all ran up into the hills,” a man identified as Iswan told the channel. Indonesian President Elon Musk out as Tesla chair, to stay CEO in $40m settlement with securities panel ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN FRANCISCO, 30 SEPTEMBER Tesla and its CEO Elon Musk have agreed to pay a total of $40 million and make a series of concessions to settle a government lawsuit alleging Musk duped investors with misleading statements about a proposed buyout of the company. The settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission allows Musk to remain CEO of the electric car company but requires him to relinquish his role as chairman for at least three years. Tesla must hire an independent chairman to oversee the company, something that should please a number of shareholders who have criticised Tesla’s board for being too beholden to Musk. The deal was announced As the opposition parties continued their tirade against the government over the surgical strikes two years ago on terror launch pads across the Line of Control, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asserted that Indian forces would continue to give a befitting reply to Pakistan's ‘proxy war’ against India ‘in the garb of terrorism’. The comment came against the backdrop of home minister Rajnath Singh’s claim recently that something big had happened in the wake of the killing killing of a BSF jawan at the International Border earlier this month.The government is however yet to elaborate on Singh’s claims. “It has now been decided that our soldiers will give a befitting reply to whosoever makes an attempt to destroy the atmosphere of peace and progress in our nation," Prime Minister Modi said during his monthly Mann Ki Baat broadcast to the nation over All India Radio. Modi said India as a peace loving country that sends the largest number of peace keeping troops to the United Nations is committed to peace 'but not at the cost of compromising our self-esteem and sovereignty...India has always been resolutely committed to peace.' “For decades, our brave soldiers wearing blue helmets have played a stellar role in ensuring peace across the globe," the Prime Minister stressed. In an implicit reference to attempts by India's neighbour to make territorial claims, Modi said the fact that India had never eyed others’ territories is in itself a pointer to its ‘commitment and dedication to peace’. Modi's remarks about India's commitment to peace and its territorial in the wake of Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj's speech in the UN highlighting Pakistan-backed terrorist attacks against India and India's refusal to resume the peace dialogue for that reason and for glorifying terrorists like Burhan Wani by issuing postal stamps on them. Modi also defended the government decision to celebrate the second anniversary of the surgical strikes as 'Parakram Parva' on Saturday, even as a section of opposition parties questioned the need for such celebrations. "We remembered the 2016 surgical strikes in which Indian soldiers gave a resounding response to proxy war against India in the garb of terrorism,” the PM said, adding that it was an attempt to remind youths about the glorious heritage of the Indian army and to inspire them to protect the unity and integrity of the country. The Prime Minister particularly recalled the contribution made by Indian Air Force in the 1965, 1971, Kargil War and relief and rescue operations ahead of the birth anniversary celebrations of the 'air warriors' on 8 October. Modi also lauded the IAF for ushering in gender equality in its ranks by making women a part of the force. "Now, the Air Force is offering the option of permanent commission to women, besides the Short Service Commission ... India can proudly claim that in the armed forces, only man-power but woman-power too is contributing equally. Women are already empowered and now getting armed too," Modi said. The Prime Minister also spoke about the bravery of Navy Commander Abhilash Tomy who suffered physical injuries and had almost perished in the face of a severe storm at sea when his boat was damaged while participating in the arduous Golden Globe Race. Mass burials as toll in Indonesia quake-tsunami tops 800 PALU, 30 SEPTEMBER Competition law review panel: The government has formed a Competition Law Review Committee to ensure that the legislation is in tune with the changing business environment, according to an official announcement. A Finance Ministry release said that the committee will review the competition regulations in view of changing business environment and suggest the necessary changes. Among the panel's mandate is also to look into international best practices in the competition field with a thrust on anti-trust laws, merger guidelines and handling cross-border competition issues. P15 PoK PM’s chopper violates Indian airspace AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE Army officer booked on rape charge: An Army Major has been booked on the charge of raping his domestic help in the Delhi Cantonment area. Police said the case was registered on Friday under the Indian Penal Code after Major Gaurav's housemaid, a widow hailing from Uttar Pradesh, got recorded her statement with police. She also alleged that the officer and his brother-in-law were involved in the killing of her husband. She accused the Major of threatening to kill her and her son as well. DEEPIKA KUMARI WINS BRONZE IN WORLD CUP FINALS Saturday, just two days after SEC filed its case seeking to oust Musk as CEO. Musk, who has an estimated $20 billion fortune, and Tesla, a company that ended June with $2.2 billion in cash, each are paying $20 million to resolve the case, which stemmed from a tweet Musk sent on Aug. 7 indicating he had the financing in place to take Tesla private at a price of $420 per share. “A reckless tweet cost a lot of money ~ the $20-million tweet,” said Michelle Krebs, executive analyst at Autotrader. The deal could remove one cloud that hangs over Tesla. Investors fretted about the company’s ability to cope without Musk, a charismatic entrepreneur whose penchant for coming up with revolutionary ideas has drawn comparisons to one of Silicon Valley’s most revered visionaries, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Tesla’s stock plummeted 14 per cent Friday after the SEC filed its lawsuit, erasing more than $7 billion in shareholder wealth. Many analysts predicted the shares were bound to fall even further if Musk had been forced to step down. Tesla’s stock has dropped 30 per cent since Aug. 7, closing Friday at $264.77. The steep downturn in Tesla’s market value may have influenced Musk to have an apparent change of heart and negotiate a settlement. Musk had rejected a similar settlement offer before the SEC sued Thursday, maintaining he had done nothing wrong when he posted a tweet declaring that he had secured the financing to lead a buyout of Tesla. The SEC alleged Musk wasn’t close to locking up the estimated $25 billion to $50 billion needed to pull off the buyout. Musk and Tesla reached their settlement without admitting to or denying the SEC’s allegations. The resolution “is in the best interests of our markets and our investors, including the shareholders of Tesla,” SEC Chairman Jay Clayton said in a statement. A Tesla spokeswoman said the company and Musk had no comment Saturday. Besides paying a fine and stripping Musk of his chairman’s title, Tesla also must appoint two more directors who have no ties to the company or its management. Musk will be allowed to remain on the board. The company also must clamp down on Musk’s communications with investors, a requirement that might make its colourful CEO’s Twitter posts slightly less interesting. “Considering the drastic punishment the SEC had announced, Musk and Tesla got lucky,” said Krebs, the Autotrader analyst. “Musk at least remains at the helm of the company, and adding a couple of board members is a good thing.” Joko Widodo arrived in the region Sunday afternoon. In Palu on Sunday aid was trickling in, the Indonesian military had been deployed and search-and-rescue workers were doggedly combing the rubble for survivors ~ looking for dozens feared trapped under one hotel alone. “Communication is limited, heavy machinery is limited... it's not enough for the numbers of buildings that collapsed,” Nugroho said. The 7.5-magnitude quake struck Friday, sparking a tsunami that ripped apart the city's coastline. Save The Children program director Tom Howells said access was a “huge issue” hampering relief efforts. “Aid agencies and local authorities are struggling to reach several communities around Donggala, where we are expecting there to be Slain executive cremated LUCKNOW, 30 SEPTEMBER Apple executiveVivekTiwari, shot dead by a policeman on Saturday after he did not stop his vehicle during checking, was cremated on Sunday. The last rites took place at the Bhainsakund crematorium. State medical education ministerAshutoshTandonand law minister Brajesh Pathak, who went to attend the cremation, faced a hostile reception as angry relatives charged them with being a part of a "trigger happy" system. Pathak had a tough time calming the relatives and he assured all help to them. He promised that the guilty policemen will not be spared. KalpanaTiwari, widow of the Apple area sales manager, remained adamant that she be allowed to meet chief minister Yogi Adityanath and that the state government give her a compensation IANS of Rs 1 crore. major damage and potential large-scale loss of life,” he said. Dozens of corpses lay in an open courtyard at the back of a Palu hospital, baking under a fierce tropical sun, with only one building separating it from an open triage site on the opposite side. The disaster agency said it believed about 71 foreigners were in Palu when the quake struck, with most safe. Three French nationals and a South Korean, who may have been staying at a flattened hotel, had not yet been accounted for, it added. Amid the levelled trees, overturnedcars,concertinaed homes and flotsam tossed up to 50 metres inland, survivors and rescuers struggled to come to grips with the scale of the disaster. On Saturday evening residents fashioned makeshift bamboo shelters or slept out on dusty playing fields, fearing powerful aftershocks would topple damaged homes and bring yet more carnage. C-130 military transport aircraft with relief supplies managed to land at the airport in Palu, which reopened to humanitarian flights and limited commercial flights, but only to pilots able to land by sight alone. Satellite imagery provided by regional relief teams showed severe damage at some of the area's major ports, with large ships tossed on land, quays and bridges trashed and shipping containers thrown around. Hospitals were overwhelmed by the influx of injured, with many people being treated in the open air. There were widespread power blackouts. Six parties vow to join hands with Cong in MP PRESS TRUST OF INDIA BHOPAL, 30 SEPTEMBER Six opposition parties, including the Samajwadi Party (SP), on Sunday vowed to form an alliance with the Congress against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in pollbound Madhya Pradesh, but failed to float a united front following the Left parties' “aversion” to the Congress heading the prospective bloc. The CPI(M) claimed that the Congress was pursuing the politics of “soft Hindutva” in the state. The eight parties that met on Sunday, including the CPI and the CPI(M), would meet again on October 7 to take their coalition talks forward, a Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) leader said. Representatives of the LJD, SP Communist Party of India , (CPI), Communist Party of India (Marxist), Bahujan Sangharsh Dal (BSD), Gondwana Gantantra Party (GPP), Rashtriya Samanta Dal (RSD) and Prajatantrik Samadhan Party (PSP) discussed the prospective alliance for the Assembly polls, due later this year. “All the parties agreed to join hands, but the CPI and the CPI(M) disagreed to align with the Congress to take on the BJP in the upcoming polls,” LJD leader Govind Yadav told PTI after the meeting. He said the Congress, by virtue of being the main opposition party, should take the lead in forming the alliance “as the time is running out”. The meeting was called to work out an alliance against the BJP which has been , in power in Madhya Pradesh since 2003. SEE ALSO PAGE 10
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