CMYK THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 04 OCTOBER 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 20 |` 5.00|LC* KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P3 SENSEX 35,975.63 -550.51 WEATHER Clear sky. Maximum and minimum temperature will be 36 and 27 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Min. 37% Max: 36.5°C (+4) SUN SETS 17:22 hrs MOON RISES 00.15 hrs Min: 28.2°C (+3) SUN RISES 05:30 hrs MOON SETS 13:53 hrs Moon phase: Third quarter on 5 Oct THUMBNAILS PM honoured with UN award: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was presented the UN's Champions of the Earth Award by United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres at a ceremony in New Delhi on Wednesday. PM Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron were jointly awarded the UN's highest environmental honour for their pioneering work in championing the International Solar Alliance and promoting new areas of cooperation on environmental action. Chemistry Nobel: US scientists Frances Arnold and George Smith and British researcher Gregory Winter won the Nobel Chemistry Prize on Wednesday for applying the principles of evolution to develop enzymes used to make everything from biofuels to medicine. Arnold, just the fifth woman to clinch chemistry's most prestigious honour, won one half of the nine million Swedish kronor (about $1.01 million or 870,000 euros) award, while Smith and Winter shared the other half. NIFTY 10,858.25 -150.05 NEW DELHI, 3 OCTOBER For the first time, India will deport seven Rohingya immigrants, who have been staying in Assam illegally, to their home country Myanmar on Thursday, officials said. The immigrants were under detention in Cachar Central Jail in Assam's Silchar district since 2012, when they were detained by police. They will be handed over to Myanmar authorities at Moreh border post in Manipur Thursday, a Home Ministry official said. Consular access had been given to Myanmar diplomats, who confirmed the identity of the immigrants, the official P10 ` vs $ 73.34 -43 PAISE GOLD 29,945.00 +525.00 INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE Creases can be ironed out says Cong NEW DELHI, 3 OCTOBER n a blow to the Congress, BSP chief Mayawati on Wednesday ruled out any alliance with the party in the coming Assembly polls in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, a decision that could also impact the opposition's plan for a grand alliance against the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. “The Congress is two steps ahead of the BJP in attempts to finish the BSP politically. In the interest of the BSP movement, it has been decided that the party would not ally with the Congress in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan at any cost," she told a press conference.The BSP chief's announcement comes nearly a fortnight after her statement ruling out an alliance with the Congress in Chhattisgarh where she tied up with former chief minister Ajit Jogi's party Janata Congress for the Assembly elections due next month. Significantly, at the swearing in of Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy in May, Mayawati was present along with national leaders including UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi, which lent credence to the theory that a grand alliance was possible against the BJP in the next Lok Sabha elections. Asked whether the BSP would align with the Congress in the 2019 Lok Sabha I said. Another official said the confirmation of the Myanmarese citizenship of the illegal immigrants came after the government of the neighbouring country verified their addresses in Rakhine State. This is for the first time Rohingya immigrants would be sent back to Myanmar from India. The seven immigrants were apprehended on July 29, 2012, for violating the Foreigners Act. Those to be deported are Md Jamal, Mohbul Khan, Jamal Hussain, Md Yonus, Sabir Ahmed, Rahim Uddin and Md Salam and are in the age bracket of 26-32 years, a Cachar district official said. NEW DELHI, 3 OCTOBER polls, Mayawati said, "I have said everything about this." Reading from a prepared statement, Mayawati said that the Congress attitude was not to defeat the BJP but to weaken opposition parties which is unfortunate. "The Congress had adopted similar tactics in the past and was continuing it now. Even now it was not trying to change itself." Interestingly, she praised Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi but attacked Digvijaya Singh, senior Congress leader from Madhya Pradesh saying he was an "RSS agent" and was "sabotaging" the BSP-Congress alliance. “I feel that Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi's intentions for Congress-BSP alliance are honest. However some Congress leaders are sabotaging this,” she said. Mayawati said Digvijaya Singh, whom she called an agent of the BJP has been , giving statements that she has a lot of pressure from the Centre and so she did not want an alliance with the Congress. "This is baseless," she said. "Congress leaders like Digvijaya Singh do not wish for a CongressBSP alliance. They are afraid of agencies like ED, CBI." Referring to seat-sharing negotiations with the Congress, Mayawati said in Madhya Pradesh the Congress offered only 15 to 20 of the 230 seats to the BSP and five of the 90 seats in Chhattisgarh. She said had the Congress not adopted an "adamant" attitude it could have got the benefit of an alliance with the BSP only , whose votes are entirely transferable. In such alliances, the BSP suffers the most, rather than benefiting, she added. "The BSP is a party of all communities including dalits, adivasis, backward, downtrodden, farmers, labourers and Muslims and other minorities. We are not going to bow at any cost before either BJP or Congress. It will not be the puppet in the hands of anyone. We still have the capacity to bounce back," she said. In the face of BSP chief Mayawati ruling out an alliance with Congress for Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan assembly polls, the Congress on Wednesday appeared hopeful of an understanding with her party saying "creases can be ironed out". Refusing to read much into Mayawati's allegations against the Congress, party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said the BSP supremo has expressed her confidence in Congress President Rahul Gandhi and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, which was most important. “Mayawati has expressed respect and confidence vis-a-vis Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi and that is the most important issue rather than looking for multiple meanings in her statements. "At times, out of emotions, sweet and bitter things are said. Once the two leaders have an amicable, respectable and fruitful relationship with each other, all other creases can be ironed out. I don't think that alliances are discussed or announced in press conferences,” Surjewala told IANS the media. Rafale: IAF chief backs govt PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 3 OCTOBER Defending the Rafale fighter jet amid a raging political row, Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa Wednesday termed the deal a “good package” and said the aircraft will be a “game-changer” for the subcontinent. Addressing a press conference here, Dhanoa described the decision to buy the Rafale fighter jets as a “bold move” by the government and said it was an“emergency purchase” keeping in view of the depleting squadrons of the Air Force. In response to a question on Rafale maker Dassault Aviation choosing Reliance Defence over state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Dhanoa said it was the “prerogative” of the original equip- ment manufacturer to choose the offset partner and neither the government nor the Air Force had any role in it. The Congress and other opposition parties have claimed massive irregularities in the Rafale fighter jet deal and the issue has been gathering steam ahead of three crucial state polls and Lok Sabha polls next year. Dhanoa said the Rafale is a “very good aircraft”. “When it comes to the subcontinent, it will be a game-changer because it has significant capabilities, better than what our regional adversaries have got,” he said. Dhanoa said the medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) deal to buy 126 aircraft, where Rafale was the lowest bidder, had reached an “impasse” due to “irresolvable differences” between HAL and Dassault Aviation over HAL's additional man hours in production of the aircraft and the resultant cost increase. The MMRCA deal was discussed during the UPA regime and scrapped by the NDA. “The available options were analysed.We had choices -- one, to continue indefinitely to resolve the difference between Dassault Aviation and HAL; cancel RFP (Request for Proposal) and restart the process,” Dhanoa said, adding that it would have taken a few more years. New CJI Gogoi speaks his mind PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 3 OCTOBER Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who took over as the Chief Justice of India on Wednesday, came out with a new roster allocating cases to various benches, and decided that Public Interest Litigation matters will be heard by him and a bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur, who is next in seniority. After the swearing-in at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Justice Gogoi came back to the Supreme Court and presided over the bench along with Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph in Court no. 1, the CJI's court. The new CJI began the day by telling lawyers that fresh parameters would be worked out for mentioning the matters for hearing of cases which require hearing on priority and urgent mentioning. Justice Gogoi, who took POGBA BANNED FROM SPEAKING TO SCRIBES P11 SILVER 38,700.00 +550.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 84.66 -0.14 Maya deals blow to Fire at CMCH forces evacuation of patients Cong alliance hopes For first time, India to deport Rohingyas to Myanmar PRESS TRUST OF INDIA P10 BSP chief rules out tie-up in Rajasthan, MP; says Cong out to finish party Max.91% TEMPERATURE MAY DECLARES END TO AUSTERITY UN COURT TELLS USA TO EASE IRAN SANCTIONS INDIA, RUSSIA TO SIGN DEFENCE, ENERGY DEALS oath as the 46th CJI, said “no urgent mentioning of cases will be allowed” till certain parameters are fixed for it. “We will work out the parameters, then we will see as to how mentioning will be done,” he said. “If somebody is going to be hanged tomorrow, then we can understand (urgency)”, the CJI added. The Supreme Court web- site showed the roster of the work for fresh cases notified under the order of the Chief Justice of India with effect from October 3 till further orders. The CJI has decided to keep with himself PILs and the petitions based on the letters received. The bench headed by him will also deal with the matters relating to social justice, elec- tions, company law, Monopoly and Restricted Trade Practices, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, Security Exchange Board of India, Insurance and Reserve Bank of India. Justice Gogoi has also kept with himself matters concerning arbitration, habeas corpus, criminal cases, contempt of court and ordinary civil matters. His bench will also deal with the issues relating to the appointment of Constitutional functionaries, statutory appointments and appointment of other law officers. Besides the matters pertaining to the judicial officers and Commissions of Enquiry, would also be allocated before the bench headed by CJI. Justice Gogoi has also allocated the PIL and letter-based matters to the bench headed by Justice Lokur whose bench will also be seized of matters of land acquisition and requisition and service. Justice Lokur's bench which is already allocated social justice matters will continue with it along with the matters relating to forest, environment, wild life and ecology. Personal law matters, religious charitable endowments and issues of mines, minerals and mining leases would be allocated to the bench headed by Justice Lokur which will also take up the matters of land laws and agriculture tenancies, consumer protection and issues relating to armed forces and paramilitary. Justice Kurian Joseph, who is third in seniority will have matters relating to labour, rent, service, family and criminal cases. The bench headed by Justice Joseph would also share with the bench of CJI the matters relating to contempt of court. CMYK STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 3 OCTOBER In a chilling rerun of the catastrophic fire at a private hospital seven years ago, a fire broke out today in the pharmacy of the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital that took the life of a a patient undergoing treatment, while about 250 others had to be evacuated from the affected wing. This was the latest in the series of mishaps the city had been experiencing for the past couple of months, with bridge collapses and a devastating market fire. No one was injured in the blaze that broke out around 8 a.m, but one of the patients died subsequently after being evacuated. The evacuated patients were being treated at different departments, including cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, haematology and oncology. Around 57 patients were at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on the first floor of the building at the time the fire broke out. The billowing smoke created panic among the patients who were seen crying and frantically shouting for help. Patients suffering from asthma and lung ailments felt suffocated after inhaling the smoke. However, the narrow passage leading to the spot where the fire was, caused difficulties for the firemen in fighting the blaze. A portion of the wall below the ventilation point had to be broken to enable the firemen to get inside. The director general, At the scene of the fire at the Calcutta Medical College & Hospital in Kolkata on Wednesday. DILIP DUTTA fire services Jag Mohan said: "Because of the excessive heat and smoke we faced difficulties in reaching the affected part. A hole had to be drilled to insert water pipes for spraying water." Some firemen had to be given emergency treatment after they fell sick while fighting the blaze, he added. State health minister Chandrima Bhattacharya told the media treatment was being provided to the affected patients. Many medicines were destroyed in the fire, but the patients won’t face any problems, she assured. The son of Sahidul Islam, who had been admitted in the hospital said: “I brought my father downstairs soon after the fire had broken out. After some time, I took him to the emergency department of the hospital where he was given oxygen, but later he died.” City mayor and fire services minister Sovan Chatterjee, who visited the hospital, said the hospital was equipped to handle fires which helped the fire brigade to control the blaze quickly. Senior Congress leader Pradip Bhattacharya demanded a high-level probe into the incident. BJP state president Dilip Ghosh said the collapse of Majerhat Bridge, the fire at Bagree Market, yesterday's explosion at Nagerbazar and the fire at the medical college were not isolated incidents. “It proves that no one has any control over the administration. They are only busy playing politics in everything,” he alleged. Ten fire tenders were pressed into service and quick response team from Civil Defence Headquarters were seen assisting them in fighting the fire . According to Sachin Singh, a member of the quick response team, the pharmacy was stacked with bandages, cotton, leucoplast and other chemicals apart from medicines which made the fire fighting more challenging. (With inputs from SPJS students )
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