CMYK TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 09 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 P5 SENSEX 34,474.38 +97.39 WEATHER NO GOING BACK ON FUEL PRICE DEREGULATION SUU KYI PROMISES TRANSPARENCY OVER ROHINGYAS LEFT’S MAIN FOCUS IS TO DEFEAT BJP IN 2019 POLLS P10 NIFTY 10,348.05 +31.60 P8 ` vs $ 74.06 -30 PAISE GOLD 30,040.00 -205.00 GOALS CASCADE AS MBAPPE HITS HIS STRIDE P11 SILVER 38,350.00 -450.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 83.28 -0.88 Gujarat appeals migrants to return Partly cloudy sky. Maximum and Minimum temperatures likely to be around 34 and 26 degree Celsius, respectively. CM Vijay Rupani assures security to migrants, says 431 people were arrested and 56 FIRs registered in connection with attacks RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY AHMEDABAD/PATNA, 8 OCTOBER Max. 88% Min. 38% Max: 35.5°C (+3) SUN RISES 05:31 hrs MOON RISES 05.26 hrs Min: 24.6°C (0) SUN SETS 17:17 hrs MOON SETS 17:42 hrs SNS & PTI TEMPERATURE New moon on 9 October THUMBNAILS Indian Air Force Chief Birender Singh Dhanoa (R) inspects the Air Force Day parade at the Air Force Station Hindon in Ghaziabad town on the outskirts of New Delhi on Monday. AFP Head of Interpol Meng Hongwei accused of corruption: Meng Hongwei, the Chinese head of Interpol, who vanished mysteriously late last month, is being investigated for alleged corruption, China announced Monday, the latest high-profile target to be ensnared in a sweeping anti-graft campaign led by PG9 President Xi Jinping. Rupee slumps by 30 paise: The rupee slumped by 30 paise to finish at a fresh life-time low of 74.06 against the US dollar on Monday amid strengthening of the greenback and steady PG8 capital outflows. CBDT extends deadline: The government on Monday extended the deadline till 31 October for the filing of Income Tax return and audit report for financial year 2017-18. This is the second extension granted by the CBDT. Apex court to hear Rafale deal PIL on 10 October dditional forces were deployed in the industrial areas in Gujarat for the security of Hindi-speaking migrants after attacks on them sparked their exodus that prompted the state government on Monday to make an appeal for their return. Assuring security to the migrants, the Gujarat government said 431 people were arrested and 56 FIRs registered in connection with the attacks, as chief minister Vijay Rupani appealed to people not to engage in violence. Claiming that no unto- A ward incident had taken place during the last 48 hours, Rupani said the situation has been brought under control by police. The Bihar chief minister also spoke to Gujarat chief secretary Dr J N Singh who too assured him of all steps to protect the migrants. “We are committed to maintaining law and order, and people can call police in case of trouble. We will provide them security.” he told reporters in Rajkot. Chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, Yogi Adityanath and Nitish Kumar, and Union minister and BJP ally Ram Vilas Paswan, who hails from Bihar, spoke to Rupani to voice their concern over the BrahMos engineer held for leaking info to Pakistan PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NAGPUR, 8 OCTOBER An engineer with the BrahMos Aerospace unit near here was arrested on Monday for allegedly leaking “technical information” to Pakistan, an official said. Nishant Agrawal was arrested in a joint operation by the Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra AntiTerrorism Squads (ATS) at BrahMos' Wardha Road facility, an ATS official said. The engineer was living in a rented accommodation on Wardha Road since the last year, his landlord Manohar Kale said. The police team arrived at the building at 5.30 a.m. and was there till 5 p.m., he said. Agrawal hails from Roorkee and got married two months ago, he said. “He was staying with his wife here and had given his Aadhar card copy and a certificate from his employer to me while moving in,” he said. BrahMos Aerospace is a joint venture between India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the ‘Military Industrial Consortium’ (NPO Mashinostroyenia) of Russia. The company was set up through an inter-governmental agreement signed on 12 February, 1998, between India and Russia. The name BrahMos represents the fury of Brahmaputra and the grace of Moskva rivers. ing people, police said. Police have arrested Ravindra Sahu, a labourer hailing from Bihar and working in a local ceramic factory, for the crime. Uttar Bharatiya Vikas Parishad president Maheshsingh Kushwah RELIGIOUS FERVOUR People perform ‘Tarpan’ in East Burdwan on Monday. SANJOY KARMAKAR Deserted polling booths in Kashmir PRESS TRUST OF INDIA JAMMU, 8 OCTOBER NEW DELHI, 8 OCTOBER Nearly two years after JNU student Najeeb Ahmed went missing from campus and the police as well as the CBI unsuccessfully investigated his disappearance, the Delhi High Court on Monday allowed filing of a closure report in the matter, saying the probe by the premier investigative agency was not “tardy and slow”. A bench of Justices S Muralidhar and Vinod Goel while disposing of the habeas corpus petition moved by the student's mother, Fatima Nafees, said the probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was not “tardy and slow” as was contended by her and rejected her claim that it wanted to file the closure report due to “political compulsions”. “In the present case, this court has in fact monitored the investigation thus far of the CBI and has not been persuaded to agree with the petitioner that the CBI has not acted fairly or that it has been under any influence or political compulsions in its decision to file a closure report,” the bench said. The CBI, which had taken over the probe on 16 May last year, said it had looked into all the aspects of the case and was of the opinion that no offence was committed against the missing student. Ahmed had gone missing from the Mahi-Mandvi hostel of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) here on 15 October, 2016, following a scuffle with some students allegedly affiliated to the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) the previous night. As the Delhi Police remained clueless about Ahmed's whereabouts even after seven months since he went missing, the probe was handed over to the CBI. The bench further said that once CBI files its closure report, the complainant may file a ‘protest petition’ opposing it. The first of the 4-phase election for municipal bodies in Jammu and Kashmir after a gap of 13 years on Monday witnessed virtually deserted polling booths in Kashmir whereas long queues were seen in the Jammu and Ladakh regions where men and women turned up in large numbers to exercise their right to franchise when the polling began at 7 a.m. According to Chief Electoral Officer J&K Shaleen Kabra, the overall polling percentage across the State has been recorded 56.7 per cent. except stray incidents of stone pelting in Bandipura district of North Kashmir, the polling by and large remained peaceful. SEE PG 2 Plea for Sabarimala verdict review PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 8 OCTOBER Two petitions were filed in the Supreme Court on Monday seeking review of its judgment which lifted the ban on entry of women in age group 10 to 50 years into the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala, contending it was “absolutely untenable and irrational”. The separate pleas were filed by National Ayyappa Devotees Association and the Nair Service Society (NSS) in connection with the September 28 judgment which had allowed entry of women of all ages in the hill-top shrine. A five-judge constitution bench headed by then Chief Justice Dipak Misra, had in its 4:1 verdict, said banning the entry of women into the shrine is gender discrimination and Kerala government duty-bound to implement SC order, says Vijayan THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, 8 OCTOBER “You appointed your Gujarat MLA Alpesh Thakor as one of the national secretaries in-charge of Bihar and his outfit Gujarat Kshatriya Thakor Sena is driving out migrant Biharis,” Neeraj Kumar, JD(U) MLC and spokesman, alleged. Without naming opposition Congress, Gujarat Home Minister Pradeepsinh Jadeja said efforts were underway to find out whether “it(attacks) is a conspiracy by those who are out of power in Gujarat since the last 22 years”. Jadeja said it is the responsibility of the state government to provide security to those who come to Gujarat for employment from other states and appealed to those who have fled to come back to the state. He said additional forces have been deployed in industrial areas for the security of migrants. Jadeja told a Press conference in Gandhinagar that the Centre had been apprised of the steps taken by the state government to bring the situation under control. “The attack on migrant workers is highly condemnable. The chief minister has instructed us to take all necessary steps to stop the attacks. “I also appeal to people not to be misled by those who are inciting people for their political gains,” Jadeja said. Jadeja said only a handful of people are involved in the violence. US duo win Nobel Prize in Economics STOCKHOLM, 8 OCTOBER HC allows CBI to file closure report in JNU missing case NEW DELHI, 8 OCTOBER The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear on 10 October a fresh PIL seeking a direction to the Centre to file in “sealed cover” the details of the agreement India has entered into with France for buying 36 Rafale fighter Jets. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, which has already listed for 10 October another PIL seeking a stay on the high-profile defence deal with the French government, said the instant plea would be taken up together the same day. The fresh plea filed before the bench, which also comprised Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph, has referred to the recent “controversy” over the Rs 58,000 crore deal between India and Dassault Aviation and sought judicial intervention to put an end to the raging debate. “Issue an appropriate writ ...or direction directing the respondents (Centre and the Ministry of Defence) to file the details of the agreement entered into between the Union of India and France with regard to the purchase of 36 Rafale Fighter Jets in a sealed envelope,” said the plea, filed by lawyer Vineet Dhanda. The plea said the criticism had reached a “proverbial nadir” and Opposition parties have adopted a very “ignominious and profligate way even to criticise the PM”. “In order to give full stop to denigrating statements, the agreement entered into between the Government of India and the Dassault Aviation is required to be known at least PTI by this court,” it said. attacks. Since the alleged rape of a 14-month-old girl in Sabarkantha district on 28 September, six districts, most of them in north Gujarat, have witnessed sporadic incidents of violence against Hindi-speak- claimed that over 20,000 people belonging to Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar had already fled Gujarat due to the prevailing situation. “Over 20,000 migrants from these states have fled due to fear as Hindi-speaking people are being attacked in different parts of the state. All non-Gujaratis should not be seen as culprits for the misdeeds of one person,” he said. A political dimension to the attacks was also injected with a leader of the JD(U), which is headed by Nitish Kumar, dashing off a two-page open letter to Congress president Rahul Gandhi, blaming his party for the violence against Biharis. Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan onMonday said his government is duty-bound to implement the Supreme Court verdict allowing women of all ages to enter the Sabarimala temple. Reiterating the LDF government’s stand not to file a review petition against SC verdict on the Sabarimala women entry issue, Vijayan said that the government had submitted an affidavit promising to comply with whatever decision the top court took on the subject. Coming out against Congress’ stand on the issue, Vijayan said the party is increasingly turning to communalism, and they want to prove that they are ahead of the RSS and BJP in competition to be SNS more communal. that the practice violates rights of Hindu women. The review petition filed by ShylajaVijayan, president of the Devotees Association, said Lord Ayyap- pa, wanted to keep “himself not being distracted by the presence of ladies of fertile ages” and this is faith. “Faith cannot be judged by scientific or rationale reasons or logic,” the plea said. “The notion that the judgment under review is revolutionary, one which removes the stigma or the concept of dirt or pollution associated with menstruation, is unfounded. It is a judgment welcomed by hypocrites who were aspiring for media headlines. On the merits of the case, as well, the said judgment is absolutely untenable and irrational, if not perverse,” the Devotees Association plea, filed through advocate Mathews J Nedumpara, said. The second petition filed by NSS, an organisation for the upliftment and welfare of the Nair community, said as the deity is a 'Naistika Brahmachari, the females before the age of 10 and after the age of 50 years are eligible to worship him. CMYK US economists William Nordhaus and Paul Romer on Monday shared the 2018 Nobel Economics Prize for constructing “green growth” models that show how innovation and climate policies can be integrated with economic growth. Nordhaus is a professor at Yale University. Romer is a former World Bank chief economist now at New York University's Stern School of Business. The prize announcement came as the UN warned that an “unprecedented” transformation of society and the economy was needed to avoid SEE PG 10 climate chaos.
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