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RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 92% TEMPERATURE Max: 30.7°C (-1) SUN RISES 06:31 hrs MOON RISES 20:47 hrs Shah, Vijayan spar over Sabarimala Court should not pass orders that cannot be implemented: BJP chief Min. 42% STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, 27 OCTOBER Min: 15.6°C (-1) SUN SETS 17:40 hrs MOON SETS 10:54 hrs B THUMBNAILS Artists paint a wall of a building as part of an ongoing project 'Paint My City' in Allahabad on AFP Saturday. 11 killed in Pittsburgh synagogue shooting: A gunman on Saturday opened fire at a Jewish synagogue in the US city of Pittsburgh, killing at least 11 people and injuring several others including 3 policemen, in the deadliest “antiSemitic attack” in America in years. Shooter Robert Bowers, 46, surrendered after he was injured during an exchange of fire with the police. He was described as a white, heavy set with beard, and was being questioned. The FBI is investigating this as a “hate crime”. P7 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 Devotees take part in a rally in Bangalore, urging a reveroffice in politically sensitive sal of a Supreme Court decision to allow women of "menKannur, Amit Shah said that struating age" into the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala. AFP the CPI-M-led government in Kerala is trying to suppress devotees, BJP workers would which have not been implethe struggle of the Ayyappa not hesitate to pull down his mented, including on 'Jaldevotees in the name of government," Shah added likattu' (traditional bull tamimplementing the Supreme Stating that the situation ing sport ofTamil Nadu) and Court verdict on the entry in Kerala is worse than an prohibiting loudspeakers of women in the Sabari- emergency, Shah said that the in mosques, Shah said “immala temple. entire country will join the practical” directions should “Today in Kerala a strug- struggle if the state govern- not be given by courts and gle is going on between reli- ment uses force to suppress they should pass orders that gious beliefs and state gov- the Ayyappa devotees. can be implemented. ernment's cruelty. More Referring to the SabariShah said Hinduism has than 2000 activists and mala verdict, Amit Shah always given respect to workers from BJP RSS and said that courts should only women and worshipped , other organisations have issue orders that can be them. Gender equality canbeen arrested. BJP will stand implemented. He added not be ensured just by givlike a rock by the devotees that the government was ing rights to them to offer of Ayyappa not just in Ker- hastily implementing the prayers at temples, he said. ala but across the country,” Supreme Court order on “Hinduism has always the BJP president said. the Sabarimala issue, while stood for social reformation “I would like to warn chief there are several verdicts of and against social evils like minister Vijayan that if his the apex court that are yet child marriage. But in the government does not stop to be implemented. name of ending social evils, suppressing the Ayyappa Listing court verdicts if the government here tries 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 in Odisha 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 central electricity supply utility authorities posted at Dhenkanal have Madan Lal Khurana passes away NEW DELHI, 27 OCTOBER Former Delhi chief minister Madan Lal Khurana passed away here tonight after a prolonged illness, his family said. Khurana, who was 82, is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters. A BJP veteran, Khurana was Delhi CM from 1993 to 1996 and was appointed Rajasthan governor in 2004. Khurana had suffered a brain haemorrhage about five years ago and had been ailing since then. His last rites would be held tomorrow. PTI 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 andelectricitysupplyutilitieswas heldwhereitwaspointedoutthat cablingworkhasnotbeentaken upinDhenkanal-Angulareaand the proposal had been pending since six months. The central electricity supply utility officials said they will notcommentpendingadetailed 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. Ashram of SC Sabarimala verdict supporter attacked PRESS TRUST OF INDIA THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, 27 OCTOBER 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. “There is no restriction on women to offer prayers in any other Ayyappa temple.The uniqueness of the Sabarimala shrine, where the main deity is 'Naishtika Brahmachari' (perennial celibate) has to be protected,” he said. Hitting back, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the BJP chief had made statements attacking the Supreme Court and the Constitution while trying to target the state government. He 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. Days after hailing the Supreme Court verdict on entry of women of all ages into Sabarimala temple, Swami Sandeepananda Giri's Salagramam ashram at nearby Kundamonkadavu was attacked early Saturday, police said. The attack took place around 2 a.m. and two cars and a scooter were burnt, they said, adding the attackers also left a wreath at the ashram. Swami Sandeepananda Giri, who was at the ashram when the incident took place, had welcomed the apex court order permitting women in the 1050 age group to offer prayers at the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala. Condemning the attack, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who visited the ashram, told reporters that use of violence reveals the 'ideological abjectness' of the attackers. “No one will be allowed to take law into their hands. I have visited him and assured that stringent action will taken against the attackers,” he said. “Swami Sandeepananda Giri champions the values of secularism and has been a strong critic against attempts to politi- Swami Sandeepananda Giri had welcomed the apex court order permitting women in the 10-50 age group to offer prayers at the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala cise religious spaces. Our society must rise against such attacks,” Vijayan said. “Differing opinions and dissenting voices should be met ideologically.When they fail to do so, it results in physical assaults. Nobody will be allowed to take law into their hands,” he added. CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said the attack showed that the Sangh parivar would go to any lengths to 'silence' secular voices. Finance Minister Thomas Isaac and Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran visited the ashram. Sandeepananda Giri alleged that the responsibility for the attack was on BJP state president P S Sreedharan Pillai, Thazhamon Madom, the family of traditional head priests of Sabarimala temple and the Pandalam royal family. 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 Delhi’ites 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 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 RAIPUR, 27 OCTOBER Four personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed and two injured after Naxals blew up a mine-protected-vehicle in pollbound 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 will cover 18 constituencies in eight Naxalaffected districts - Bastar, Kanker, Sukma, Bijapur, Dantewada, Narayanpur, Kondagaon and RajPTI nandgaon. TURNING BACK THE CLOCK Mahendra Singh Dhoni dives to take a successful catch to dismiss West Indies cricketer Chandrapaul Hemraj during the third one (P16) day international at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Saturday. West Indies beat India by 43 runs. AFP Limit outdoor activity, Delhi’ites told PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Four CRPF men killed in Chhattisgarh mine attack 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, and both are considered the major atmos- pheric pollutants. PM2.5, in particular, poses greater harm as its fine particles can easily be inhaled into the respiratory tract. “On Thursday and Friday more stubble was burnt in Punjab and Haryana due to which its contribution to PM2.5 pollution increased,” an official said, adding that the impact of pollution by stubble burning on the national capital could be seen only a day after the stubble is burnt. “Pollution would reduce in the next couple of days if the weather condition remains same. The weather conditions include wind direction, temperature etc,” he said. The report also analysed the trends of different factors causing pollution since 2010 and it said transport emission in the national capital has increased significantly at 41 per cent in the last eight years. The residential bio-fuel emission declined significantly in Delhi at 64 per cent since 2010, the report said. D Saha, former air quality chief at the CPCB, said meteorological factors like wind speed, solar direction and temperature are mostly responsible for increasing pollution levels in the city. “If these factors come under control, the air quality automatically improves,” he said. The measures recommended by the task force are only preventive steps and not to create panic as the air pollution in Delhi is governed by meteorological conditions, he said. “One strong wind is enough for dispersion of entire pollutants load. Clear sky in south, southeast and western part will improve ventilation coefficient and will improve situation in Delhi and NCR,” Saha said. The India Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune, said large number of biomass fire spots were seen in satellite imageries in the neighbouring states of Delhi. Pak SC restores ban on Indian content on TV ISLAMABAD, 27 OCTOBER Pakistan's Supreme Court on Saturday reinstated a ban on the transmission of Indian content on local television channels, setting aside an earlier ruling by the Lahore High Court. Pakistan’s Chief Justice, Mian Saqib Nisar announced the ruling in a case filed by the United Producers Association pertaining to the broadcast of foreign content on local television channels in the Supreme Court Karachi registry, Dawnonline reported. "They are trying to (obstruct the construction) of our dam and we cannot even ban their channels?" Chief Justice Nisar was reported as saying as he ordered the broadcast of Indian shows to be "shut down". The judge said the authorities should "only air appropriate content", accordIANS ing to the report.
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