CMYK TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 30 OCTOBER 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P3 SENSEX 34,067.40 +718.09 KHALEDA ZIA GETS SEVEN-YEAR JAIL TERM FOR GRAFT ANGELA MERKEL TO STEP DOWN IN 2021 HC DIRECTS STATUS QUO IN PROCEEDINGS AGAINST ASTHANA P10 NIFTY 10,250.85 +220.85 HAMILTON TAKES HIS PLACE IN F1 HISTORY P9 ` vs $ 73.45 +2 PAISE GOLD 30,685.00 - P11 SILVER 38,600.00 - BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 77.22 -0.40 All feared dead in Indonesia jet crash WEATHER Generally cloudy sky. Some spells of rain likely. Temperature will be in the range of 27-22 degrees Celsius The Boeing-737 MAX, which went into service just months ago, vanished from radar 13 minutes after taking off with 189 on board RAINFALL: 1.2 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY JAKARTA, 29 OCTOBER Max.85% Min. 69% Max: 26.9°C(-4) SUN SETS 17:01 hrs MOON RISES 22.09 hrs Min: 23.4°C (+1) SUN RISES 05:41 hrs MOON SETS 10:54 hrs TEMPERATURE Moon phase: Third quarter on 31 Oct 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 Carribeans by 224 runs to regain (P12) 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 P10 change after years of turmoil. AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 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. “My prediction is that nobody survived because the victims that we found, their bodies were no longer A Delhi pilot dead in plane crash STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 29 OCTOBER The pilot of the Indonesian Lion Air Boeing plane, which crashed today with altogether 189 passengers and crew members on board, was 31-year-old 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 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 carrier's domestic flight JT610 was headed for Pangkal Pinang. The Indian Embassy in Jakarta confirmed that Suneja died in the crash. Currently based in Jakarta, Suneja was from Delhi where he had been a student in Ahlcon Public School at Mayur Vihar 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 India recorded the highest number of air pollution-linked deaths of children below five years in 2016, according to a new World Health Organization (WHO) report that analysed the impact of air pollution on the health of children in 194 countries. As many as 1,01,788 children below the age of five died in the country due to health complications associated with exposure to toxic air, both indoors and outdoors, according to the report, Air Pollution and Child Health, released today in Geneva, ahead of WHO's first ever Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health. ait said the plane had an unspecified technical issue fixed in Bali before it was flown back to Jakarta. Boeing, just days out from its first commercial delivery of the 737 MAX in May last year, reportedly suspended its release due to an engine issue, according to airline safety and product review site airlineratings.com. It said the engines were a product of a joint venture between US-based General Electric and France's Safran Aircraft Engines. Indonesia’s air travel industry is booming, with the number of domestic passengers growing significantly over the past decade, but it has acquired a reputation for poor regulation. 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 New Delhi on Monday. SNS India tops chart of pollution-linked kid deaths SNS & AGENCIES KOLKATA, 29 OCTOBER Air’s logo. The carrier acknowledged that the jet had previously been grounded for unspecified repairs. “It’s a really mystery what could have happened,” said Greg Waldron, Asia managing editor of industry publication Flightglobal. “Hopefully they will be Putri (C), is consoled for the loss of her husband and child who were passengers on board the Lion Air flight JT 610, in Pangkal Pinang airport on Monday. AFP India, Japan institute ‘2+2’ strategic dialogue HONOUR AND REMEMBER SC check on pollution in NCR: The Supreme Court on Monday prohibited the plying of 15year-old petrol and 10-year-old diesel vehicles in the national capital region and directed the transport departments to announce that such vehicles would be impounded if found plying. It termed as “very critical” and “horriP5 ble” the pollution situation in Delhi-NCR. 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. till 2005. Suneja had received his pilot’s licence from the US-based Bel Air International in 2009. Captain Suneja and his wife, Garima Sethi, stayed in Jakarta, but his parents live in Delhi. According to reports, the couple were to have come to Delhi next week for Diwali. At the Mayur Vihar Phase-1 residence of Suneja's parents, his family members were in a state of shock. His parents this afternoon boarded a flight for Jakarta. able to locate the (cockpit) voice data recorders.” The plane had been en route to Pangkal Pinang city, a jumping off point for beach-and-sun seeking tourists on nearby Belitung island, when it dropped out of contact around 6.30 a.m. (2330 GMT). One Italian national was aboard the plane which was flown by an Indian pilot, the transportation ministry said. Images filmed at Pangkal Pinang's main airport showed families of passengers crying and hugging each other, with some calling out to God. “This morning he called asking about our youngest son,” said a sobbing Ermayati, referring to her 45-year-old husband Muhammed Syafii, who was on board. Lion Air said the plane had only gone into service in August. The pilot and copilot had more than 11,000 hours of flying time between them and had recent medical checkups and drug testing, it added. Lion Air chief Edward Sir- Nigeria, with 98,001 deaths of children below the age of five, linked to their exposure to toxic air, was in second place, followed by Pakistan with 38,252, Democratic Republic of Congo (32,647) and Ethiopia (20,330). An additional 7,234 children in the age bracket of five to 15 years died in India due to health problems related to air pollution. Overall, some 600,000 children died worldwide from acute lower respiratory infections caused by polluted air in the year under study, according to the report. Data from the UN health body shows that every day, 93 percent of children under the age of 15 - a full 1.8 billion youngsters, including 630 million under the age of five - breath dangerously polluted air. “Polluted air is poisoning millions of children and ruining their lives,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement. “This is inexcusable. Every child should be able to breathe clean air so they can grow and fulfil their full potential.” According to WHO data, more than nine out of 10 people on the planet breath dangerously toxic air, causing some seven million premature deaths each year. Air pollution is especially dangerous for children, and accounts for nearly one in 10 deaths among children under five around the globe, the report found. WHO's study, which examined the health toll on children breathing health-hazardous levels of both outdoor and household air pollution, focused on dangerous particulate matter with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometres (PM2.5). These include toxins like sulfate and black carbon, which pose the greatest health risks since they can penetrate deep into the lungs or cardiovascular system. The report found that children in poorer countries are far more at risk, with a full 98 per cent of all children under five in low- and middle-income countries exposed to PM2.5 levels above WHO air quality guidelines. That compares to 52 per cent in highincome countries, WHO said. 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 the 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 joint news conference in Tokyo on Monday. AFP 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 Wickremesinghe’s government. PTI Details on Page 9 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 the 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 the Ram temple at Ayodhya ahead of the 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 Chief Justice 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 judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77 acre land be partitioned equally among three parties, the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lala. Amid the clamour for an ordinance or alternatively Mahant Dharam Dass of Nirwani Akhara addresses the media at the Supreme Court in New Delhi on Monday. SNS bringing in a legislation in the Winter session of Parliament, the Congress called for restraint and awaiting the Supreme Court verdict with- out linking the issue to “votebank politics”. The winter session is likely to begin in the first half of December. The Centre said it had full CMYK 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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