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 THE 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% 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 (NCP) in the 1990s along with Sharad Pawar and the late P A Sangma, on Saturday joined the Congress after meeting its chief Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi, sources said. The former MP from Katihar Lok Sabha constituency announced he was quitting the NCP and was also giving up his Lok Sabha membership on 28 September after Pawar's “defence” of Prime Minister 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 more than 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 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 minister Vijayan that if his government does not stop suppressing the Ayyappa 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 devotees, BJP workers would not hesitate to pull down his government," Shah added Stating that the situation in Kerala is worse than an emergency, 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, Amit 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. Listing court verdicts which have not been implemented, including on 'Jallikattu' (traditional bull taming sport of Tamil Nadu) and prohibiting loudspeakers in mosques, Shah said “impractical” directions should not be given by courts and they should pass orders that can be implemented. 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 stood for social reformation and against social evils like child marriage. But in the name of ending social evils, if the government here 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 negligence as the electric line was barely 5 ft above the ground. A herd of 21 elephants had moved out of the forest towards the nearby paddy fields 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 forest officers who were at the spot at 11 a.m. 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 forest officials. Three officers of the Central Electricity Supply Utility (CESU) posted at Dhenkanal have been suspended and Three Central Electricity Supply Utility officers posted at Dhenkanal have been suspended and another terminated for negligence of duty. 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-hanging overhead line. Rectification by way of a bamboo or pole would have averted the tragedy, they said. Forest minister Bijayshree Routray described the incident as "most unfortunate".We lost seven elephants due to the sheer negligence of CESU. The electricity supply authority was warned repeatedly about the sagging lines both by the forest department and the people of the area, he said. Routray said 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 movement areas of Dhenkanal and Angul district had been raised with energy department officials. On 12 October, the regional chief conservator of forests, Angul, Mr S Panda, had asked power supply authorities to undertake cabling work in the Tiger reserve area. Documents exposed the laxity as the divisional forest officer had on 22 October 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, forests, Mr Suresh Mahapatra, had held a meet- ing in this regard in March where decisions were taken on electric transmission lines passing through elephant movement areas in the state to the effect 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 for six months. CESU 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. 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. “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 PinarayiVijayan 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 man, date 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. Ashram of verdict backer attacked THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, 27 OCTOBER The ashram of Swami Sandeepananda Giri, who has been supporting the entry of women of all ages to Sabarimala temple, was attacked here on Saturday. The assailants set ablaze two cars and a twowheeler parked in front of the ashram at Kundamankadavu here at around 2.30 a.m. No one was injured in the incident. Swami Sandeepananda was in the ashram when the attack occurred. The attackers placed a wreath addressing ‘P K Shibu’ in front of the ashram before they left. Giri blamed the BJPSangh Parivar forces, Pandalam royal family, Thazhamon tantri and Ayyappa Dharmasena for the attack. Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the inheritors of the same divisive forces which assassinated Mahatma Gandhi had targeted Giri for his secular views. SNS PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 27 OCTOBER jabi Bagh, Bawana, Mundaka, Vivek Vihar and Rohini. The CPCB-led task force recommended to the 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 1 to 10 November. Other measures included shutdown of coal and biomass based industries (excluding thermal and waste-to-energy plants) from 4 to 10 November, intensification of efforts by transport department to check polluting vehicles and controlling traffic congestion in Delhi-NCR between 1 and 10 November, 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 gen- erator (DG) sets. The task force said that at the beginning of November, the situation may 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 11 October 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 a diameter of 10 micrometres or less, and both are considered major atmospheric pollutants. PM2.5, in Law enforcement officers secure the scene where multiple people were shot on Saturday in Pittsburgh. AGENCIES AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE PITTSBURGH, 27 OCTOBER A gunman opened fire on Jewish worshippers at a synagogue in the US city of Pittsburgh on Saturday, leaving 11 people dead according to US media, in what appeared to be one of the worst anti-Semitic attacks in American history. The shooter ~ identified by media as a 46-year-old white man ~ reportedly yelled anti-Jewish slurs as he launched the attack at the Tree of Life synagogue during a baby naming ceremony. The suspect was taken into police custody and transferred to hospital after he was wounded in an exchange of fire with police, according to local media. Dozens of people were gathered during Sabbath services at the time of the attack, which federal investigators were treating as a hate crime. The Washington Post and the local CBS affiliate said 11 people were dead. At least six other people were wounded in the incident, including four police officers who dashed to the scene, authorities said. Before opening fire, the alleged perpetrator reportedly yelled, “All Jews must die!” The incident comes amid a rash of high-profile attacks in an increasingly divided country, including a series of pipe bombs mailed over the past week to prominent Democrats and former officials. President Donald Trump called the shooting “far more devastating than anyone thought,” saying “it’s a terrible thing what’s going on with hate in our country.” TURNING BACK THE CLOCK Mahendra Singh Dhoni dives to take a successful catch to dismiss West Indies cricketer Chandrapaul Hemraj during the third one day international in Pune on Saturday. The West Indies won the match by 43 runs to level the series. AFP (MATCH REPORT ON PAGE 12) Limit outdoor activity, Delhiites told Keep windows shut, wear masks, prefer short walks, minimise use of private vehicles ~ these 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 Central Pollution Control Board data Saturday. The eight areas in Delhi that recorded severe air quality Saturday are Anand Vihar, Dwarka Sector 8, Narela, Pun- 11 dead in attack on US synagogue 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 crackdown 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 the 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 over the last eight years. The residential bio-fuel emission declined significantly in Delhi by 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 INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE 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, Dawn online 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", according In 2017, Lahore High Court, noting that “the world has become a global village”, lifted the PEMRAimposed ban, declaring it null and void to the report. In 2016, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) had imposed a complete ban on airing Indian content on local television and FM radio channels. The decision was seen as retaliation to a similar action by the Indian entertainment industry against Pakistani content and artistes. In 2017, the Lahore High Court, noting that “the world has become a global village”, lifted the PEMRA-imposed ban, declaring it null and void as the federal government had no objections, the report added.
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