CMYK MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 08 OCTOBER 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P9 P3 WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Maximum and minimum temperature will be around 35 and 26 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.87% P10 Min: 25.6°C (0) SUN RISES 05:31 hrs MOON SETS 17:00 hrs New moon on 9 October THUMBNAILS SRINAGAR, 7 OCTOBER Dog owners and their pets participate in a proEU, anti-Brexit march towards the Houses of Parliament, calling for a "People's Vote on Brexit", in central London on Sunday. AFP IndiGo snag: IndiGo Airlines on Sunday reported a technical snag in its nationwide system which the budget carrier said was subsequently rectified. Indigo passengers at the Delhi airport reported long queues, delay and inconvenience caused by the system failure. The outage lasted for approximately 90 minutes. Earlier on Sunday, the airline had also issued an advisory on Twitter over its system failure at all airports, asking its passengers to contact the airline through Twitter, Facebook, its website or its contact number for assistance. DEHRADUN, 7 OCTOBER P Bankruptcy Code (IBC) has made doing business easier and strengthened the banking system." Modi said the Goods and Services Tax (GST) had been the “biggest tax reform since independence” that had made the entire country a single market and widened the tax base. He said infrastructure development was taking place at a “record speed” with more than 10,000 km of national highways built in just the last one year. “It means over 27 km road built per day. This rate is double as compared to road development during previous governments.” Modi said the government had initiated modernisation of 400 railway stations, was building 100 new airports and helipads and was working on setting up 100 waterways. He also listed schemes like ‘housing for all’, ‘health for all’, ‘banking for all’ among others. Inviting investors to participate in the world's largest healthcare scheme, Modi said the Ayushman Bharat had opened up huge opportunities in the health sector, mainly in the tier-2 and tier-3 cities, in terms of hospitals, doctors, paramedics and medicines. “The scheme gives coverage to a population more than America, Canada and Mexico combined. This population is more than that of entire Europe. And for this market, the payment is ready. This offers the biggest opportunity in the country.” Turning his focus to Uttarakhand, the PM said the young state was a shining example of what the New India represents and there was great potential to be tapped. “Today, Uttarakhand is moving fast on the economic development path,” he said and expressed his hope that the agreements signed during the two-day event soon comes on the ground so that the people get jobs and other benefits. “Our states have more potential than many countries and each state can work towards it based on its competence,” he said. “Today, fortunately there is a healthy competition among the states and no state would lag behind if they work on their respective strengths.” Amid tight security and heightened tensions ahead of the start of staggered municipal polls in the KashmirValley, suspense mounted on Sunday on voter participation amid militant threats to both candidates and voters. It is the first time the authorities have not publicised the names of contesting candidates in the troubled valley. This has been done to address the security concerns of the candidates who remain under threat from the militants. Authorities have also ensured that all the candidates in the valley are in secure accommodations ahead of the poll process. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, 7 OCTOBER In a setback to the LDF government's move to hold discussions with the Pandalam royal family and temple tantris (priests) and to reach a consensus on the entry of women of all ages to Sabarimala temple, the chief priest of the temple on Sunday said the tantri family will not attend the conciliation meeting called by chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan to discuss the 28 September Supreme Court verdict that threw open the temple to all women “Let us hear the final decision of the state government with regards to the Girls oppose lewd graffiti in Bihar school, thrashed PRESS TRUST OF INDIA SUPAUL, 7 OCTOBER NEW DELHI, 7 OCTOBER Amid fears of US sanctions over the S-400 deal with Russia, Army chief Gen. Bipin Rawat Sunday asserted that India follows an independent policy and was also keen on getting the Kamov helicopters and other weapon systems from Moscow. India and Russia on Friday signed a multi-billion-dollar deal to procure the S-400 Triumf air defence system, which could attract sanctions under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). The act is primarily aimed at countering Russia, Iran and North Korea. India and Russia concluded the deal notwithstanding the US warning that it would be a “focus area” for it to implement punitive sanctions against nations undertaking “significant” business deals with Russia. Gen. Rawat, who returned Saturday night after a sixday visit to Russia, held talks with military officials of that country to enhance bilateral cooperation. Gen. Rawat, speaking at the Gen. K V Krishna Rao Memorial lecture, recalled a ques- PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Thirty minor girls of a school in Bihar's Supaul district were beaten up by a mob after they protested against lewd comments on a wall allegedly written by boys of a neighbouring school, police said. Three persons, including a woman, have been arrested in this connection following the registration of an FIR that named nine persons as accused, police superintendent Mrityunjay Kumar Choudhary told PTI. All the injured girls are students of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya in Darpakha village in Supaul district. The incident happened on Saturday evening. “Both the schools are in the same cam- pus with separate buildings and a common playground. The boys allegedly wrote some lewd comments on the wall of the girls school, which the girls objected to and beat up the boys before chasing them away,” district magistrate Baidyanath Yadav said. The boys, all minors, narrated the incident to their parents, following which their mothers teamed up with other villagers and entered the school premises and attacked the girls, Yadav said. He said 74 girl students were at the playground at the time of the incident and 30 of them received injuries. All the injured students were admitted to Triveniganj referral hospital, the DM said, adding, 20 girls were discharged after first-aid. Opinion polls predict Cong win in Rajasthan PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 7 OCTOBER The Congress is likely to unseat the BJP from power in Rajasthan, two opinion polls have predicted in what could be a continuation of the state's tradition of over two decades of voting out the ruling party. Surveys carried out by ABP News-CVoter and C fore have given the Congress almost 50 per cent of the vote share and 142 and 124-138 seats respectively in the 200-member Rajasthan Assembly, with its state president Sachin Pilot (photo) leading chief ministerVasundhara Raje as the most preferred candidate for the top post. While the C fore survey is restricted to Rajasthan, the ABP News-CVoter opinion poll has also predicted the outcome of the Assembly elections in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, giving an edge to the Congress in both the states. The BJP has been in power in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh for 15 years. The pre-poll survey has, however, added that a minor swing in both the states can turn the tide in the favour of either of the two main parties due to a very small difference between their projected vote shares. The CVoter poll predicted 122 seats for the Congress in the 230-member Madhya Pradesh Assembly and 47 seats for the opposition party in the 90-member Chhattisgarh Assembly. The BJP is projected to bag 108 and 40 seats in these two states respectively. In Rajasthan, Pilot leads Raje as the popular choice for the chief minister's post with 36 per cent voters preferring him, while the latter is the first choice for 27 per cent, according to the ABP News-CVoter poll, which says former chief minister and Congress leader Ashok Gehlot enjoys the backing of 24 per cent voters. The C fore poll says Pilot, Gehlot and Raje are the first choice of 32, 27 and 23 per cent voters respectively. However, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his Chhattisgarh counterpart Raman Singh are the first choice of the voters for the hot seat, despite antiincumbency sentiments against their governments, the ABP News-CVoter poll says. The Congress and the BJP have been predicted to bag 42.2 and 41.5 per cent votes in Madhya Pradesh and 38.9 and 38.2 per cent votes in Chhattisgarh respectively. There is, however, a huge gap in the projected vote share of the Congress and the BJP in Rajasthan, with the opposition party being backed by 49.9 per cent voters against the 34.3 per cent share for the ruling dispensation. The vote share predicted by C fore is 50 and 43 per cent for the Congress and the BJP respectively in Rajasthan. The BJP had secured power in all the three states in 2013 by winning 165, 142 and 49 seats in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh respectively as against the 58, 21 and 39 seats of the Congress. The C fore survey interviewed 5,788 voters in Rajasthan, while the ABP NewsCVoter opinion polls had a sample size of 26,196 voters in the three states. The Election Commission (EC) Saturday announced that the Assembly polls in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Telangana will be held between November 12 and December 7. While Chhattisgarh will go to the polls in two phases on November 12 and 20, the elections in Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram will be held on November 28. Polling in Rajasthan and Telangana will be held on December 7. Counting of votes will be taken up in all the five states on December 11. CMYK The Valley's two major parties, the National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party, are boycotting the elections. So have the CPI-M, the Peoples Democratic Front headed by Hakim Yaseen and the Democratic Party Nationalist headed by Ghulam Hassan Mir. The BJP Congress and , independent candidates are the only contestants. While 244 candidates have been elected unopposed, there are no candidates in the fray in 159 municipal wards of the Kashmir Valley. Statistically, 29 per cent of voters will have no candidates to choose from in their wards in the valley. There has been no election campaign at any place in the valley. Sabarimala: Priests, royals snub Kerala government India follows independent policy: Army chief on S-400 purchase tion posed to him by a Russian naval officer that India seemed to be looking westwards at America, which has imposed sanctions on Russia, and that Washington has also threatened to impose restrictions on New Delhi for dealing with Moscow. To this, Rawat responded saying, “Yes, we do appreciate that therecould be sanctions on us, but we follow an independent policy.” “I told them while we are talking sanctions and you are questioning on sanctions, President Vladimir Putin and Mr. Narendra Modi, at this juncture, are signing the treaty on purchase of S-400 weapon system inspite of the fact that we may face challenges from America in the future, the Army chief said. P11 INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE rime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said India is going through major social and economic changes and the resultant New India will prove to be a catalyst for global growth. “India is witnessing rapid economic and social changes. The country is going through a big transformation. We are marching towards a New India," Modi said at Uttarakhand's maiden Investors Summit here. “Every major institution in the world is predicting that in the coming decades, India is going to be the driving engine of world growth," he said, adding that the country was witnessing the "best conducive environment" for business and investment. Modi said India's economy had stabilized over the last few years, fiscal deficit had come down, inflation was under control and the middle class was rising. “The scale and speed at which reforms are happening are unprecedented. In the last two years, the central and state governments have ushered in more than 10,000 reforms. Thanks to this, India has made a significant jump of 42 points in the global ‘ease of doing business index,” the Prime Minister said. “As part of these reforms, more than 1,400 laws have been repealed. Major tax reforms have been brought in. The Insolvency and MOURINHO REVEALS BOARD BACKING AFTER UNITED’S WIN Tensions peak ahead of J&K polls Modi talks up ‘New India’ Country going through major transformation: PM Min. 39% TEMPERATURE Max: 34.7 (+2) SUN SETS 17:18 hrs MOON RISES 04.25 hrs VATICAN DEFENDS POPE AGAINST COVER-UP CLAIMS POMPEO, KIM AGREE ON 2ND US-NK SUMMIT ‘NAXALISM WILL BE UPROOTED WITHIN THREE YEARS’ filing of a review petition against the apex court's verdict. Once that is known, then we will decide on what needs to be done. To deploy female police personnel in the temple premises is a violation of the temple practices," Sabarimala tantri Kantararu Mohanaru told media persons The Tantri family, which guides the customs and rituals at the Ayyappa temple, and the Pandalam palace that is closely linked to the legend of the Sabarimala deity, have rejected chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan's attempts to reach out to them. The two families decided not to have any dialogue with the chief minister after consultations with the Nair Service Society (NSS) general secretary G Sukumaran Nair at Changanassery on Saturday. Sources said Sukumaran Nair had advised them not to go for the talks unless the government allows the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), which was a party before the Supreme Court, to file a review petition. It is learnt the executive committee of the Pandalam palace is meeting at Pandalam on Sunday evening to discuss the latest developments. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had decided to hold talks with the tantric family and the Pandalam royal family here on Monday. While secrecy surrounds the contestants, a huge question mark remains on who will stick their neck out on Monday to vote. While militants have issued threats to both candidates and voters, separatist leaders have called for a protest shutdown in the Kashmir Valley on Monday. Tension was palpable in the region on Sunday as the authorities beefed up security across Jammu and Kashmir. Four hundred additional companies of paramilitary forces have arrived here to augment the existing strength of security forces. Hi-tech electronic surveillance equipment is being used to strengthen human intelligence in areas where polling is scheduled. More on Page 2 Indian boys win U-19 Asia Cup MIRPUR, 7 OCTOBER India's U-19 team Sunday followed the footsteps of their seniors to win the U19 Asia Cup title with a crushing 144-run win against Sri Lanka in the final with Delhi boys Ayush Badoni and Harsh Tyagi playing prominent roles. India outplayed Sri Lanka in all departments, scoring 303 for six at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, with Badoni’s unbeaten 52 off 28 balls being the highlight, apart from openers Yashasvi Jaiswal’s and Anuj Rawat’s 85 and 57 respectively and skipper Prabh Simran Singh’s 65 off 37 balls. Sri Lanka were bowled out for 160 in 38.4 overs, with Tyagi registering figures of 6 for 38. PTI
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