TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 30 OCTOBER 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P12 P4 SENSEX 34,067.40 +718.09 NIFTY 10,250.85 +220.85 HAMILTON TAKES HIS PLACE IN F1 HISTORY P13 ` vs $ 73.45 +2 PAISE GOLD 30,685.00 - P15 SILVER 38,600.00 - BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 77.22 -0.40 All feared dead in Indonesia jet crash WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Mist in the morning. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 31 and 15 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 89% Min. 36% Max: 31.1°C (0) SUN RISES 06:32 hrs MOON RISES 22:43 hrs Min: 15.5°C (0) SUN SETS 17:33 hrs MOON SETS 12:47 hrs TEMPERATURE KHALEDA ZIA GETS SEVEN-YEAR JAIL TERM FOR GRAFT ANGELA MERKEL TO STEP DOWN IN 2021 KOVIND: NEED FOR GOOD DOCTORS, MEDICAL COLLEGES THUMBNAILS Virat Kohli celebrates with Ambati Rayudu after the run out wicket of West Indies batsman Kieran Powell during the fourth one day international in Mumbai on Monday. India thrashed the Caribbeans by 224 runs to regain (P16) the lead in the five-match series. AFP Brazil elects Bolsonaro to presidency: Jair Bolsonaro, a brash far-right congressman who has waxed nostalgic for Brazil's old military dictatorship, won the presidency of Latin America's largest nation Sunday as voters looked past warnings that he would erode democracy and embraced a chance for radical P12 change after years of turmoil. The Boeing-737 MAX, which went into service just months ago, vanished from radar 13 minutes after taking off with 189 on board AFP 31-year-old pilot hailed from Delhi JAKARTA, 29 OCTOBER A ll 189 passengers and crew aboard a crashed Indonesian Lion Air jet were likely killed in the accident, rescue officials said Monday, as they announced they had found human remains and would continue the grim search through the night. The Boeing-737 MAX, which went into service just months ago, vanished from radar 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta, plunging into the Java Sea moments after it had asked to return to the Indonesian capital. Websites that display flight data showed the plane speeding up as it suddenly lost altitude in the minutes before it disappeared, with authorities saying witnesses saw the jet plunge into the water. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 29 OCTOBER Putri (C), is consoled for the loss of her husband and child who were passengers AFP on board the Lion Air flight JT 610, in Pangkal Pinang airport on Monday. “My prediction is that nobody survived because the victims that we found, their bodies were no longer intact and it's been hours so it is likely 189 people have died,” search and rescue agency operational director Bambang Suryo Aji told reporters. Some 40 divers are part of about 150 personnel at the scene, authorities said, with the plane wreckage some 30 to 40 metres deep in the water. Earlier, video footage apparently filmed at the scene of the crash showed a slick of fuel on the surface of the water and pictures showed what appeared to be an emergency slide and bits of wreckage bearing Lion Air’s logo. The carrier acknowledged that the jet had previously been grounded for unspecified repairs. NEW DELHI, 29 OCTOBER Over one lakh children under five years of age died in India in 2016 due to exposure to toxic air, according to a new WHO study which noted that about 98 per cent of children in the same age group in low- and middle-income countries were exposed to air pollution. In the report, titled "Air Pollution and Child Health: Prescribing Clean Air", deaths of about 600,000 children under 15 years of age in 2016 were attributed to the joint effects of ambient and household air pollution. “Globally, 93 per cent of the TURN TO PAGE 7 Ranatunga arrested over Lanka shooting STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 29 OCTOBER Minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju at ‘An Ode to Martyrs’ function organised by ITBP, at the National Police Memorial, Chanakyapuri, in the Capital on Monday. SNS 1 lakh kids died due to toxic air in India: WHO PTI Diwali. A functionary of an Indian carrier also indicated that Suneja was considering returning to the country to work for an Indian airline. Soon after the news about the air disaster broke, a slew of media persons started gathering outside the Mayur Vihar Phase-1 house of Suneja's parents who live in a DDA flat there. TURN TO PAGE 7 India, Japan institute ‘2+2’ strategic dialogue HONOUR AND REMEMBER y y SC bans15-yr petrol,10-yr diesel vehicles in NCR: The Supreme Court Monday banned the plying of 15-year-old petrol and 10-year-old diesel vehicles in the National Capital Region (NCR), directing the transport departments concerned to announce that such vehicles would be impounded if found plying in the Delhi-NCR. The top court described the current pollution situation P3 in Delhi-NCR as “horrible” and “very critical”. Indian Army targets Pak military admin HQs: The Indian Army has targeted Pakistani military administrative headquarters across the Line of Control in retaliation to the recent shelling in Poonch and Jhallas, officials said. The Army retaliated in the Khuiratta and Samani areas of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The pilot of the Indonesian Lion Air Boeing plane, which crashed today with altogether 189 passengers and crew members on board, was a 31-year-old Indian man, Bhavye Suneja, who hailed from Delhi. Suneja was flying the Lion Air's Boeing 737 MAX 8 passenger aircraft which crashed into the Java Sea shortly after taking off from the Jakarta airport this morning. The budget carrier's domestic flight JT610 was headed for Pangkal Pinang. The Indian Embassy in Jakarta confirmed that Suneja also died in this crash in which all the passengers and crew members were feared to have been killed. Currently based in Jakarta, Suneja was from Delhi where he had been a student in Ahlcon Public School at Mayur Vihar till 2005. Suneja had received his pilot's licence from the US-based Bel Air International in 2009. According to his Linkedin profile, Suneja had worked as a trainee pilot with Emirates for three months in 2010. He had been working as a pilot with Lion Air since March 2011. He specialised in flying Boeing 737 passenger jets. Captain Suneja and his wife, Garima Sethi, stayed in Jakarta, but his parents have been living in Delhi's Mayur Vihar area. According to reports quoting Suneja and Garima's friends in Delhi, they were expected to come to the national capital next week for world's children under 18 years of age are exposed to ambient fine particulate matter (PM2.5) levels above WHO air quality guidelines, which include the 630 million of children under 5 years of age, and 1.8 billion of children under 15 years,” theWorld Health Organisation ( WHO) study released today said. Another report by Greenpeace presented a grim picture of India's pollution level. The green body's report said three of the world's largest nitrogen oxide air pollution emission hotspots that contribute to formation of PM2.5 and ozone are in India with one in the Delhi-NCR. Delhi-NCR, Sonbhadra in Uttar Pradesh, Singrauli in Madhya Pradesh and Talcher-Angul in Odisha are the hotspots identified. The WHO study said a total of 101,788 deaths under the age of five ~ 54,893 girls and 46,895 boys ~ were reported due to joint effects of exposure of children to ambient and household PM 2.5 and burden of disease by the country in 2016. Out of the over 1 lakh deaths in the country in 2016, 60,987 were due to ambient air pollution (32,889 were girls and 28,097 boys), it said. Industries, households, cars and trucks emit complex mixtures of air pollutants and form ambient air pollution. Due to household air pollution in 2016, about 66,890 deaths of children below five years were reported out of which 36,073 were girls and 30,817 were boys, the WHO report said. Household air pollution from cooking and ambient air pollution caused more than 50 per cent of acute lower respiratory infections in children under five years of age in low- and middleincome countries, it said. “In low- and middle-income countries around the world, 98% of all children under 5 are exposed to PM2.5 levels above WHO air quality guidelines. In comparison, in high-income countries, 52% of children under 5 are exposed to levels above WHO air quality guidelines,” the WHO study says. In an obvious response to the growing Chinese assertiveness in the region, India and Japan on Monday decided to institute a foreign and defence ministerial dialogue (2+2) to deepen security cooperation and signed 32 agreements, including one to intensify cooperation between their navies. Japan also expressed solidarity with India in its fight against terrorism as the two countries asked Pakistan to bring to justice the perpetrators of Mumbai, Pathankot and other terror attacks. Tokyo also said it looked forward to strengthening cooperation with India against threats from terror groups, including the Al-Qaida, ISIS, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Lakshar-e-Tayyiba, and their affiliates. A ‘Vision Statement’ issued by the two countries at the end of the 13th annual India-Japan Summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Tokyo said the two leaders reiterated their unwavering commitment towards a free and open Indo-Pacific region. “The two leaders’ vision for the Indo-Pacific is based COLOMBO, 29 OCTOBER PM Narendra Modi and Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe during a AFP joint news conference in Tokyo on Monday. on a rules-based order that respects sovereignty and territorial integrity of nations, ensures freedom of navigation and overflight as well as unimpeded lawful commerce, and seeks peaceful resolution of disputes with full respect for legal and diplomatic processes in accordance with the universally recognised principles of international law, including those reflected in the UNCLOS, without resorting to threat or use of force,’’ the vision statement said. PM Modi recognised that the India-Japan relationship has been transformed into a partnership with great substance and purpose and was the corner-stone of India’s ‘Act East’ policy. Abe underscored the basic importance of India- Japan relationship for the regional order and for peace, stability and prosperity of Indo-Pacific. The two countries would also continue efforts aimed at inking the US-2 amphibian aircraft deal that is expected to bolster India’s defence preparedness, Modi said. The two countries also exchanged notes concerning the provision of new Japanese Yen loans for seven projects in India, including the construction of the MumbaiAhmedabad High Speed Rail, renovation and modernisation of the Umiam-Umtru Stage-III Hydroelectric Power Station, Delhi Mass Rapid Transport System (Phase 3) and the North East Road network connectivity Improvement. Sri Lanka’s Petroleum Minister and cricket legend Arjuna Ranatunga was arrested on Monday for the first violent incident that killed one person during the ongoing political crisis in the country, police said. The political crises in Sri Lanka took an ugly turn on Sunday when bodyguards of 54-year-old Ranatunga, a loyalist of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, fired live rounds at the supporters of new premier Mahinda Rajapaksa, leaving one person dead. One person succumbed to his injuries and two others were hospitalised in the incident and a security personnel was arrested at the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation premises on Sunday in Dematagoda. Ranatunga, captain of Sri Lanka's 1996 cricket World Cup winning side, was arrested on Monday. Ranatunga was the petroleum minister in the ousted PM Ranil Wickreme-singhe’s PTI government. SC defers Ayodhya hearing; Sangh calls for ordinance PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 29 OCTOBER Declining an urgent hearing of the Ayodhya land dispute case, the Supreme Court Monday fixed the politically sensitive issue for first week of January before an “appropriate bench” and left a decision on the timeline to it, sparking demands for an ordinance for construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site. The order by a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi triggered a chorus of demands from within the BJP and various Sangh Parivar outfits that the Centre bring an Ordinance or legislation in the Winter session of Parliament for early construction of Ram temple at Ayo- dhya ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls without waiting for the apex court verdict. However, Congress and Muslim groups wanted all stakeholders to wait for the verdict. Observing that the apex court has its “own priorities”, the CJI said the future course of hearing on multiple appeals filed against the Allahabad High Court verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute will be decided by the “appropriate bench” that will be constituted. “We will fix the date of hearing of the Ayodhya dispute case before the appropriate bench in first week of January,” said the bench, which also comprised Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and senior advocate CS Vaidyanathan, appearing for the Uttar Pradesh government and deity Ramlala respectively, sought early listing of appeals in the case after referring to their long pendency. “We have our own priorities. Whether the matter will be heard in January, February or March, the appropriate bench will decide,” the court said after a brief hearing. As many as 14 appeals have been filed against the high court judgement, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77 acre land be partitioned equally among three parties, the SunniWaqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla. Amid the clamour for an ordinance or alternatively bringing in a legislation in the Mahant Dharam Dass of Nirwani Akhara addresses the media at SNS the Supreme Court in New Delhi on Monday. Winter session of Parliament, the Congress called for restraint and awaiting the Supreme Court verdict without linking the issue to “votebank politics”. The winter session is likely begin in the first half of December. The Centre said it had full faith in the judiciary and fully respects it. Outlining the government's stand, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, at the same time, said a lot people in the country want the case to be heard quickly. The RSS said the Supreme Court should take an early decision on the Ram Janmabhoomi issue and that if there are any hurdles in the path of Ram temple construction at the site, the government should bring a law soon. “The Sangh believes that a Ram Temple should be constructed early at the birthplace and should get land for tempe construction at the birthplace. With the construction of the temple, an atmosphere of unity and harmony will be created. “With this in view, the Supreme Court should take an early decision and if there is any difficulty, the Government should make a law to remove hurdles in the construction of the Ram temple to grant land at the Ram Janmabhoomi site,” RSS chief spokesperson Arun Kumar said in a statement. BJP's estranged ally Shiv Sena also stressed that the Ram temple is an issue of faith and demanded that the government come out with an Ordinance soon. Opposing any ordinance, All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Asaddudin Owaisi dared the government to take this route, saying the BJP refers to the Ram Temple again and again. “If they have the courage, they should bring an Ordinance on Ram Temple construction. They are trying to scare us about bringing an Ordinance, why don't they bring it,” he said. Iqbal Ansari of Sunni Waqf Board, a litigant from the Muslim side, welcomed the decision of the court and said it will wait for the verdict. The All India Muslim Personal Law Board said whatever the Supreme Court has ordered should be honoured. Union minister and senior BJP leader Giriraj Singh said Hindus are “running out of patience” on the Ram temple issue while his party colleague Vinay Katiyar alleged that the issue was being delayed “under pressure” from the Congress, which denied the charge.
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