CMYK www.thestatesman.com MONDAY FIND US ONLINE 29 OCTOBER 2018 Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P2 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky. Rain/thundershower likely in some areas. Temperature will be in the range of 30-23 degree Celsius. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY FAR-RIGHT CANDIDATE TIPPED AS BRAZIL VOTES ‘MODI FAVOURITE PM CANDIDATE FOR MUSLIMS’ THAROOR WADES INTO ANOTHER CONTROVERSY P3 P10 Defence on agenda at Modi-Abe talks Max.87% Min. 50% Special strategic partnership with Japan, says Prime Minister Max: 31.5°C (-1) SUN SETS 17:01 hrs MOON RISES 21:09 hrs Min: 22 (0) SUN RISES 05:40 hrs MOON SETS 09:56 hrs PRESS TRUST OF INDIA TEMPERATURE Moon phase: Third quarter on 31 Oct THUMBNAILS BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani pays tribute to former Delhi chief minister Madan Lal Khurana, who passed away on Saturday night, at the Delhi BJP office on Sunday. RITIK JAIN Activist held: Activist Rahul Easwar, also president of the 'Ayyappa Dharma Sena', was arrested Sunday for his alleged provocative statement related to the entry of women into the Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala, but released on bail by a court. A police team from Kochi took Easwar into custody from his P4 Thiruvananthapuram residence. India, Pakistan declared joint winners: The final of the Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament, scheduled to be held Sunday night in Muscat, Oman, was called off due to heavy rains and India and Pakistan declared joint winners. Earlier in the day, Malaysia beat Japan 3-2 in a penalty shoot-out to finish third in the tournament. Jumbo deaths: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Sunday ordered an inquiry by the crime branch into the electrocution of seven elephants in Dhenkanal district even as one official was dismissed and six others were suspended by their departments in connection with the incident. The elephants died after coming in contact with a sagging live wire Saturday. A woman kneels to place a candle outside the Tree of Life Synagogue following a shooting that left 11 people dead in the Squirrel Hill neighbourhood of Pittsburgh on Saturday. AFP YAMANASHI (JAPAN), 28 OCTOBER rime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe held informal talks at a picturesque resort near Mount Fuji and visited a factory of an industrial robot manufacturer today as they spent about eight hours together on the first day of a two-day summit. Modi, who arrived in Japan last evening to attend the 13th India-Japan annual summit, said that the partnership between the two countries has been fundamentally transformed and it has been strengthened as a ‘special strategic and global partnership’. The two-day summit beginning today will seek to review the progress in ties and deepen the strategic dimension of the bilateral relationship. After luncheon at the scenic resort by Mount Fuji, both the leaders visited the FANUC industri- P Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits FANUC Central Technical Centre with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Oshino, Yamanashi prefecture, on Sunday. AFP al facility which specialises in automation. “Taking our cooperation to modern and advanced technologies. PM @narendramodi and PM @AbeShinzo visited the FANUC Corporation, one of the largest makers of industrial robots in the world in #Yamanashi, and toured the robotics and automation facilities,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. Prime Minister Modi was briefed on the various robotic and automation capabilities of FANUC. At the motor assembly facility, the leaders witnessed the assembling of a motor by a robot in 40 seconds, officials added. FANUC contributes to the manufacturing industry in Japan and other countries, including India, by promoting automation and efficiency in manufacturing. Later in the evening, Abe hosted Modi at his pe- Cops guard posters of Modi, Sardar Patel near statue site STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE AHMEDABAD, 28 OCTOBER Just three days before the inauguration of the statue of first Deputy Prime Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the world’s tallest structure, posters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Patel are being guarded by policemen in Gujarat to prevent them from being torn by the tribal people whose land had been taken away to build the massive memorial. Despite Narmada district being turned into a police cantonment ahead of the 31 October inauguration of the ‘Statue of Unity’, posters depicting the 182-metre memorial along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief minister Vijay Rupani have been blackened or torn by the local tribal people, who have vowed to observe a bandh on that day. Modi is scheduled to unveil the statue, which is twice the height of the Statue of Liberty in the USA, on Patel’s 143rd birth anniversary. Patel, the ‘Iron Man of India’ had unified 562 princely states into the newly independent Indian nation. Nearly 75,000 tribal people whose land have been taken away for the Rs 2,979 crore statue project have called a bandh in nearly 72 villages on 31 October, when there would be no cooking. As per tribal tradition in this region, no cooking is a mark of mourning. Nearly 90 per cent of the posters showing the ‘Statue of Unity’, Modi and Rupani have been torn down or blackened by the tribal people. The district authorities have replaced the torn posters with new ones but posted two policemen on guard till Wednesday. Patna turns to wall gardens to curb pollution MANOJ CHAURASIA PATNA, 28 OCTOBER With air pollution becoming an issue of serious concern for Patna, authorities have begun adopting innovative measures to improve air quality and save residents from lungrelated diseases. A recent report of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared Patna, home to some two million people, as the sixth most polluted city in the world. To begin with, the authorities are developing vertical gardens on the pillars of flyovers that crisscross the state capital. Flyovers were chosen for vertical gardens as hundreds of vehicles pass over them every day, emitting poisonous gases. Thousands of the vehicles in use are said to be over 15 years old and have not been taken off the road despite orders issued by the state government. The initiative has been launched by the Bihar State Bridge Construction Corporation Limited (BSBCCL) which has been entrusted with the responsibility to build city flyovers. Authorities said they have started by developing green walls on the pillars of a 2.9 km-long flyover that connects Sheikhpura crossing to Jagdeo Path in Raja Bazar locality. More than 1,000 pots with a variety of airpurifying plants have been fitted on one pillar of the flyover. “These plants have been brought in from Kolkata while the pots have come from Pune,” BSBCCL’s project engineer Sunil Kumar said. “We are doing this with twin objectives ~ cleaning the polluted air and at the same time adding to city’s beauty,” Kumar said, adding various types of indoor air-purifying plants have been planted in the vertical garden. There are a total of 90 pillars in this flyover and each one will have green walls very soon. “This is the first such project in Bihar,” Kumar said, adding the initiative would be extended to other flyovers in the city if it gave encouraging results. The saplings planted in the garden include haze, snake plants, dracaena and jasmine which the authorities say grow vertically and don’t require much space to grow. Authorities say the walls with vertical gardens have shown a drop in temperature by 1-2 degree Celsius and the idea could work wonders if such gardens are developed on a large scale. They said they have plans to develop more such vertical gardens on many other flyovers in the state capital. City residents have hailed the idea of vertical gardens, but at the same time, they have sought for taking proper care of such gardens to ensure they survive for long. “This is a very good initiative but the question is how long it lasts. I have seen many such projects dying premature deaths soon after their launch with much fanfare,” commented a local resident Rajiv Kumar Singh. The Bihar State Pollution Control Board had earlier issued an advisory for checking air pollution in the state capital. The steps suggested included stopping burning of garbage and waste in public, covered transportation of construction material and banning plying of 15-year-old diesel vehicles. The third advisory in particular, experts say, requires to be strictly followed to curb air pollution, but nothing has been done in this regard. As per a report, there are some 2,000-2,200 diesel autos in Patna which are more than 15 years old. Likewise, some 25 per cent of the buses plying on various routes of Patna too are older than 15 years. CMYK rsonal villa near Lake Kawaguchi in Yamanashi for a private dinner ~ said to be the first time Abe has hosted a foreign political leader there ~ after which they left for Tokyo by train. They will hold a formal summit in Tokyo tomorrow, during which strengthening bilateral security and economic cooperation is expected to be high on the agenda. Besides, the two leaders are expected to deliberate on a range of regional and global issues, including the situation in the IndoPacific region. India is also hoping to have some kind of synergy or integration between Modi’s Ayushman Bharat scheme, which is the largest medicare programme of its kind globally, and the Japanese programme which is called Asia Health and Wellbeing Initiative. Modi will also address an Indian community function in Tokyo and will attend a series of business events and address the business forum. ‘PAST LENIENCY LED TO BALL-TAMPERING SCANDAL’ P11 Sri Lankan crisis: Rajapaksa calls for snap parliamentary polls PRESS TRUST OF INDIA India monitoring situation COLOMBO, 28 OCTOBER Sri Lanka’s newly-appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Sunday called for a snap parliamentary election to allow people to vote for a new programme to overcome the island nation’s economic and political crisis. This was the first public statement by the former strongman since President Maithripala Sirisena appointed him as the new premier after sacking Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday night. “The primary objective of the political party leaders and parliamentarians who have joined me is to immediately hold the provincial council elections that had been postponed continuously and also to call a parliamentary election as soon as possible so as to give the people the opportunity to vote for a programme that will bring the country out of the encompassing economic, political and social crisis,” he said. Rajapaksa’s return to power ended a more than three-year-old coalition government that was formed by Sirisena and Wickremesinghe on a promise to combat corruption and financial irregu- STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 28 OCTOBER India is keeping a close eye on the political developments in Sri Lanka where President Maithripala Sirisena appointed his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister after sacking Ranil Wickremesinghe from the post. "India is closely following the recent political developments in Sri Lanka," Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in response to queries larities. The statement came hours after bodyguards of petroleum minister Arjuna Ranatunga, a loyalist of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, opened fire at supporters of Rajapaksa, leaving one person dead. Authorities said one person succumbed to his injuries and two others were hospitalised in the shooting incident at the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) premises in Dematagoda and a security guard was arrested. from the media. "As a democracy and a close friendly neighbour, we hope that democratic values and the constitutional process will be respected," the spokesperson said. India, he said, would continue to extend our developmental assistance to the friendly people of Sri Lanka. Rajapaksa was appointed as the nation's new Prime Minister by Sirisena on Friday night, shocking ousted leader Wickremesinghe and his United National Party. The incident took place when Ranatunga, a former Sri Lankan cricket captain, visited the CPC office. When Ranatunga entered the building the supporters of the new prime minister took exception to him visiting the office and shouted slogans. When they were not allowed to move out, shots were fired which injured three persons. Sirisena on Friday sacked Wickremesinghe and appointed Rajapaksa as the new prime minister. See also Page 9
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