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 P10 NIFTY 10,858.25 -150.05 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. ` 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 PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 3 OCTOBER 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 Congress-BSP 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 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. ernment nor the IAF had any role in it.The Congress and other opposition parties have claimed massive irregularities in the Rafale fighter jet deal. 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. “We have a very good package along with the aircraft,” the Air Force chief added, adding the IAF has got the most modern sensors, state-of-the-art weap- ons, India-specific enhancements, better price terms, better delivery time schedules, better maintenance terms, longer industrial commitment terms and additional warranty. 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 Propos- al) and restart the process,” Dhanoa said, adding that it would have taken a few more years. “It was decided to procure two squadrons of aircraft on G2G basis to meet the critical operational necessity of the IAF ,” he said. Dhanoa noted that there had been a lag in HAL's delivery schedule. “We are three years behind in Sukhoi 30, 25 are yet to be delivered. In Jaguar, we are six years behind, five years behind in LCA. In Mirage 2000 upgrade, we are two years behind, and in HTT (Hindustan Turbo Trainer aircraft) 40 we are five years behind,” he said. The Cost Negotiating Committee for the Rafale deal comprised people with “good and balanced judgment”, he said when asked about reports that some members of the panel had raised concerns over the price. 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. India to deport seven Rohingyas 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. 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 in Manipur Thursday, a home ministry official said. Consular access had been given to Myanmar diplomats, who confirmed the immigrants to be residents of Rakhine state. This is for the first time Rohingya immigrants would be sent back to MyanPTI mar from India. New CJI Gogoi gets down to business STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 3 OCTOBER Justice Ranjan Gogoi was sworn in as the 46th Chief Justice of India on Wednesday. President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath to the 63-year-old Justice Gogoi at a brief ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhavan's Darbar Hall. After taking over as the new CJI, Justice Gogoi temporarily disallowed the practice of mentioning of urgent matters by lawyers as has been prevalent till now, saying the parameters for this are being worked out. Justice Gogoi, who will have a tenure of a little over 13 months, will retire on 17 November 2019. As lawyers approached him to compliment him over his appointment, Chief Justice Gogoi said: "Let's move on, it is not required." “No mentioning forWednes- 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 Cong alliance hopes evacuation of patients ‘Rafale deal a good package, game-changer’ 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 the depleting squadrons of the Air Force. Asked about Rafale maker Dassault Aviation choosing Reliance Defence over state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Dhanoa said it was the“prerogative” of the manufacturer to choose the offset partner and neither the gov- 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 day and Thursday. We are working out the parameters for the mentioning... If someone is being released today, then yes... if someone is being hanged today, then yes... if somebody is being evicted today, then yes... if there is a risk of demolition, yes... beyond that, no,” the CJI said as the court proceeded with its normal course. Justice Gogoi is known for several important judgments. For instance, he has headed the special bench that is monitoring the updation of National Register of Citizens to identify citizens and weed out illegally settled foreigners. In one of his rulings, Justice Gogoi had put curbs on public advertisements for glorifying politicians and laid down new norms. In Justice Karnan's contempt case, Justice Gogoi, along with Justice (since retired) J Chelameswar, had highlighted the necessity of revisiting the existing system of appointing judges and bringing in necessary reforms to keep the public confidence in the judiciary intact. In a significant verdict, he had also implored upon the government to redefine the parameters of determining backwardness so that those really underprivileged and economically poor get the benefits. Meanwhile, the apex court has published a new roster for public interest litigation (PILs) cases to be heard by the Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi-headed Bench and also by a Bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur, the second senior-most judge of the top court. Besides PILs and letter peti- tions, the CJI-headed Bench will also hear matters pertaining to social justice, election, habeas corpus, contempt of court, appointment of Constitutional functionaries, among others. Personal law matters will be heard by benches headed by five different judges ~ Justices Lokur, AK Sikri, Kurian Joseph, NV Ramana and UU Lalit. Departing from practice where any matter could be allocated to any bench, former CJI Dipak Misra in February had introduced the roster system mandating that only the Bench headed by him would hear PILs. The roster system was introduced following the unprecedented press conference in January by four rebel judges ~ Justices Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Lokur and Kurian Joseph ~ alleging arbitrary allocation of work by the CJI and demanding transparency. CMYK STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 3 OCTOBER In a chilling near-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 patient undergoing treatment, while about 250 patients had to be evacuated from the affected wing. This was the latest in the series of mishaps the city had been experiencing over 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 after being evacuated. His death was attributed to trauma suffered during the fire. The evacuated patients were being treated at different departments of the hospital, including cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, haematology and oncology. Around 57 patients were at the Intensive Care Unit on the first floor of the building. The billowing smoke created panic among the patients, many of whom were crying and shouting for help. Patients suffering from asthma and lung ailments said they felt suffocated after inhaling the smoke. 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. At the scene of the fire at the Calcutta Medical College & Hospital in Kolkata on Wednesday. DILIP DUTTA The director general, 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 that treatment was being provided to the affected patients. A large quantity of medicines was destroyed in the fire, but the patients won’t face any problems, she said. Masiruddin Mullick, the son of Sahidul Islam Mullick, a heart patient 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 Chat- terjee, who visited the spot, said the hospital was equipped to handle fires which helped the fire brigade to control the blaze quickly. But 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 a quick response team from Civil Defence Headquarters assisted 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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