SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 28 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 THE HMI EXPEDITION TO MOUNT KANGYATSE IN LADAKH PROVED TO BE A DAUNTING TEST OF METTLE AND ENDURANCE JUXTAPOSED BETWEEN THE MODERN AND TRADITIONAL, QATAR OFFERS ITS VISITORS A BOUQUET OF EXPERIENCES WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Temperature will be in the range of 32-22 degrees Celsius RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.91% Court should not pass orders that cannot be implemented: BJP chief Min. 43% TEMPERATURE Max: 32.1°C (N) SUN SETS 17:02 hrs MOON RISES 20:12 hrs Shah, Vijayan spar over Sabarimala STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Min: 20.0°C (-3) SUN RISES 05:40 hrs MOON SETS 08:55 hrs Moon phase: Third quarter on 31 Oct THUMBNAILS Indian artists paint a wall of a building as part of an ongoing project 'Paint My City' in Allahabad on October 27, 2018. AFP Tariq Anwar rejoins Congress: Tariq Anwar formed the Nationalist Congress Party in the 1990s along with Sharad Pawar and the late P A Sangma, on Saturday joined the Congress. The former MP from Katihar Lok Sabha constituency announced he was quitting the NCP on 28 September after Pawar's “defence” of PM Narendra Modi on the Rafale fighter jet deal. THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, 27 OCTOBER JP national president Amit Shah has on Saturday hit out at the ruling LDF government in Kerala over the arrest of over 2000 Ayyappa devotees who were protesting the entry of women into the Sabarimala shrine. Addressing a public function after inaugurating the party district committee office in politically sensistive Kannur, Amit Shah said that the CPI-M-led government in Kerala is trying to suppress the struggle of the Ayyappa devotees in the name of implementing the Supreme Court verdict on the entry of women in the Sabarimala temple. “Today in Kerala a struggle is going on between religious beliefs and state government's cruelty. More than 2000 activists and workers from BJP RSS and other , organisations have been arrested. BJP will stand like a rock by the devotees of Ayyappa not just in Kerala but across the country,” the BJP president said. “I would like to warn chief B Devotees take part in a rally in Bangalore, urging a reversal of a Supreme Court decision to allow women of "menstruating age" into the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala. AFP minister Vijayan that if his government does not stop suppressing the Ayyappa devotees, BJP workers would not hesitate to pull down his government," the BJP president added. Stating that the situation in Kerala is worse than an emergency, Amit Shah said that the entire country will join the struggle if the state government uses force to suppress the Ayyappa devotees. Referring to the Sabarimala verdict, Shah said that courts should only issue orders that can be implemented. He added that the government was hastily implementing the Supreme Court order on the Sabarimala issue, while there are several verdicts of the apex court that are yet to be implemented. “Impractical” directions should not be given by courts and they should pass orders that can be implemented, the BJP chief. Shah said Hinduism has always given respect to women and worshipped them. Gender equality cannot be ensured just by giving rights to them to offer prayers at temples, he said. “Hinduism has always Sagging power line kills 7 jumbos STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE BHUBANESWAR, 27 OCTOBER Seven wild elephants were electrocuted due to a sagging 11 KV line near Kamalanga village of Dhenkanal district late last night. The tragic incident smacked of sheer negligence as the electric line was barely 5 ft above the ground. A herd of 21 elephants had moved out of the forest towards nearby paddy field when seven of them came in contact with the live wire and died. The dead included a tusker, a mother and its less than one year old calf and four females said top forest officers who were at the spot at 11 am today. It is appalling . There was electric supply even after the mishap and till noon today despite instructions that power supply should be shut down said the forest officials. Three officers of the Central Electricity Supply Utility posted at Dhenkanal have been suspended and another terminated for negligence of duty. The action was taken following an enquiry into the electrocution incident. Villagers including the sarpanch and others said they had repeatedly drawn attention of the electricity department people on the low overhead line. Rectification by way of a bamboo or pole would have averted the tragedy, they said. Forest Minister Bijayshree Routray described it as "most unfortunate". We lost seven elephants due to the sheer negligence of central electricity supply utility . The electricity supply authority was warned repeatedly abut the sagging lines both by the forest department and the people of the area, he said. The Minister informed that cases will be registered against those responsible for such callousness. Official sources said `even last month there was a state level coordination committee meeting where specifics like sagging electricity lines particularly in elephant corridor and movement areas of Dhenkanal and Angul district had been raised with concerned energy department officials. On 12 October, the Regional chief conservator of forest Angul, Mr S Panda had asked power supply authorities to undertake cabling work in the Tiger reserve area. Monthly meetings are held and yet noting had been done resulting in such a tragic accident, lamented officials. Documents exposed the laxity as the Divisional Forest Officer had on 22 November written to the electricity department authorities to rectify the particular stretch of sagging transmission line from Kamalanga to Kaliakila. In fact the additional chief secretary forest Mr Suresh Mahapatra had held a meeting in this regard in March where decisions were taken on electric transmission lines passing through elephant government areas in the state and that they should be insulated or cabled. DFOs across the state were asked to furnish a list of lines in such vulnerable areas. The DFO Dhenkanal had given a proposal concerning a stretch of 136 km of LT lines. More recently - on 24 September a coordination committee meeting between forest and electricity supply utilities was held where it was pointed out that cabling work has not been taken up in Dhenkanal- Angul area and the proposal had been pending since six months. The central electricity supply utility officials said they will not comment pending a detailed report from the spot. A senior general manager is on his way to the spot. We will give our response only after he submits his report , said CESU officials here. Limit outdoor activity, shut windows, Delhiites told PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 27 OCTOBER Keep windows shut, wear masks, prefer short walks, minimise use of private vehicles are among the recommendations of government bodies for Delhites who are battling dangerous pollution levels in the city. Delhi's air quality continues to remain 'very poor' for the fourth consecutive day Saturday, prompting the Central Pollution Control Board and the Centre-run System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research to issue separate advisories for people. In the NCR region, Ghaziabad recorded severe pollution level, while Gurgaon, Faridabad, Noida and Greater Noida all recorded 'very poor' air quality, according to a data by the Central Pollution Control Board data Saturday. The eight areas in Delhi that recorded severe air quality Saturday are Anand Vihar, Dwarka Sector 8, Narela, Punjabi Bagh, Bawana, Mundaka, Vivek Vihar and Rohini. The CPCB-led task force recommended public to avoid strenuous outdoor activities and minimise the use of private vehicles to reduce exposure to toxic air. The task force also gave recommendations to the Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority to deal with the deteriorating air quality. The task force also recommended closure of all construction activities involving excavation, civil construction, stone crushers, hot mix plants that generate dust pollution during November 1 to 10. Other measures included shutdown of coal and biomass based industries (excluding thermal and waste-to-energy plants) from November 4 to 10, intensification of efforts by transport department to check polluting vehicles and controlling traffic congestion in Delhi-NCR between November 1 and 10, according to the minutes of the meeting. The task force also recommended efforts to provide uninterrupted power supply in NCR areas to avoid requirement of operating diesel generator (DG) sets. The task force said that at the beginning of November, the situation may get deteriorate further on account of localised emissions during festival and regional contribution due to stubble burning. Stubble burning from Punjab and Haryana Saturday caused 32 per cent of pollution in Delhi, according to a report by the SAFAR. The report, which analysed the impact of pollutant PM2.5 (presence of particles in the air with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometres), showed that highest contribution since October 11 by stubble burning was seen Friday at 36 per cent. PM2.5 is the presence of particles in the air with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometres, while PM10 is the presence of particles in the air with diameter less than 10 micrometres, and both are considered major atmospheric pollutants. stood for social reformation and against social evils like child marriage. But in the name of ending social evils, if the government here tries to interfere in the customs and traditions of Lord Ayyappa, BJP workers across the country would stand like a rock behind the devotees,” he said. The BJP was planning to launch agitations from 30 October to 12 November to protect the rituals and traditions of the hill shrine, he said, adding that the party would go to any length to preserve the temple's customs and traditions. Hitting back, chief minister PinarayiVijayan said that the BJP chief had made statements attacking the Supreme Court and the Constitution while trying to target the state government. The chief minister said Amit Shah should not forget that the LDF government did not come to power because of the mercy of the BJP but with the mandate , of the people. “Amit Shah wants to uproot this mandate by the people. All believers of democracy should raise their voice against this," Vijayan said. At least 8 killed in armed attack on US synagogue PRESS TRUST OF INDIA WASHINGTON, 27 OCTOBER A gunman opened fire at a Jewish synagogue in the US city of Pittsburgh on Saturday, with up to eight people feared killed, local media reports said. Among the injured are three police officers. The shooter, said to be a bearded white male, has been taken into custody. He was taken to a hospital as he was injured during the exchange of fire with the police. FBI agents have reached the 'Tree of Life' Congregation Synagogue at Squirrel Hill area in Pittsburgh, where a large number of people had gathered for a morning service when the shooting took place. Initial reports indicated that this was a hate crime. According to the local KDKA channel, the gunman walked into the building and yelled, “all Jews must die”. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said President Donald Trump is monitoring the situation. “Watching the events unfolding in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Law enforcement on the scene. People in Squirrel Hill area Initial reports indicated that this was a hate crime. According to the local KDKA channel, the gunman walked into the building and yelled, “all Jews must die”. should remain sheltered. Looks like multiple fatalities. Beware of active shooter. God Bless All!” Trump said in a tweet. According to Michael Eisenberg, past president of Tree of Life Synagogue the shooting happened during weekly Shabbat services at the Jewish synagogue. At the time, three simultaneous congregation services were taking place. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf described it as a tragedy. “The shooting in Pittsburgh this morning is an absolute tragedy...These senseless acts of violence are not who we are as Americans. My thoughts right now are focused on the victims, their families and making sure law enforcement has every resource they need,” he said. Four CRPF men killed in Chhattisgarh mine attack RAIPUR, 27 OCTOBER Four personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed and two injured after Naxals blew up a mine-protectedvehicle in poll-bound Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district Saturday, police said. The incident occurred around 4 pm near Murdanda camp of the CRPF, when its 168th battalion was out on “area domination” operation, Bijapur Superintendent of Police Mohit Garg told PTI. When the MPV carrying six personnel was around one km away from the camp, ultras triggered a powerful land mine blast, he said. Four paramilitary personnel were killed and two others were injured in the blast. Reinforcement was rushed to the spot and the injured personnel were being evacuated, the official said. The attack took place on a day when chief minister Raman Singh launched the ruling BJP's campaign for the first phase of polls on November 12 in neighbouring Sukma district. The first phase of election in the state will cover 18 constituencies in eight Naxal-affected disPTI tricts.
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