CMYK www.thestatesman.com MONDAY FIND US ONLINE 05 NOVEMBER 2018 Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5.00|LC* KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR ‘TRS, BJP HAVE MORE THAN TACIT ALLIANCE’ ‘MOSQUE NEXT TO RAM TEMPLE WOULD UPSET HINDUS’ STAKES HIGH FOR TRUMP IN MIDTERMS P10 P2 P4 Partly cloudy sky. Maximum and Minimum temperature likely to be around 33-24 degree Celsius respectively RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.93% Min. 52% Max: 33.1 (+2) SUN RISES 16:58 hrs MOON RISES 02.14 hrs Min: 24.3 (+2) SUN SETS 05:43 hrs MOON SETS 14:56 hrs TEMPERATURE Also supports Islamabad’s engagement with NSG PRESS TRUST OF INDIA BEIJING, 4 NOVEMBER New moon on 7 November THUMBNAILS A view of the cable-stayed ‘Signature Bridge’ after its inauguration ceremony in New Delhi on Sunday. AFP CIC show-cause notice for Urjit Patel PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 4 NOVEMBER Indian captain Rohit Sharma celebrates the wicket of West Indies’ Carlos Brathwaite during the first T20 match at the Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium in Kolkata on Sunday. AFP New Caledonia referendum: The Pacific islands of New Caledonia opted to remain part of France on Sunday as voters rejected independence in a closely-watched referendum. With 70 per cent of voting slips counted, 59.5 per cent of people had rejected the proposition that New Caledonia become independent, the local electoral authority said. Political clash: One person, said to be a Congress supporter, was killed and two others were injured in North Dinajpur district on Sunday after a clash broke out allegedly between supporters of two political parties, police said. The incident happened at Kamalgach village within Chopra police station, the police said. The Central Information Commission (CIC) has issued a show-cause notice to RBI Governor Urjit Patel for “dishonouring” a Supreme Court judgment on disclosure of the wilful defaulters' list. The CIC has also asked the Prime Minister's Office, the Finance Ministry and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to make public the letter of former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan on bad loans. Irked over the denial of information on disclosure of names of wilful defaulters who have taken bank loans of Rs 50 crore and above by the RBI in spite of a Supreme Court order, the CIC asked Patel to explain why a maximum penalty should not be imposed on him for “dishonouring” the court verdict, which had upheld a decision taken by then information commissioner Shailesh Gandhi, calling for disclosure of names of wilful defaulters. Patel, speaking at the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) on September 20, had said the guide- Maneka lashes out over Avni killing STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 4 NOVEMBER On the eve of renewed sanctions by Washington, Iranian protesters burn a dollar banknote and a US flag during a demonstration outside the former US embassy in Teheran. AFP Women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi on Sunday lashed out at the BJP-led Maharashtra government over the "ghastly murder" of maneating tigress Avni, calling it a "straight case of crime". Tigress Avni, who is believed to be responsible for the deaths of 13 people in the past two years, was killed in Maharashtra'sYavatmal on Friday as part of a monthslong operation. Reacting to the killing of Avni, Maneka Gandhi in a series of tweets slammed the Maharashtra government for giving the orders to kill her despite opposition from several stakeholders. “I am deeply saddened by the way tigress Avni has been brutally murdered in Yavatmal,” she said in a tweet. “It is nothing but a straight case of crime. Despite several requests from many stakeholders, (Sudhir) Mungantiwar, Minister for Forests, Maharashtra, gave orders for the killing," she said in another tweet. “I am definitely going to take up this case of utter lack of empathy for animals as a test case. Legally, criminally as well as politically,” she said. Details on Page 5 lines on vigilance, issued by the CVC, were aimed at achieving greater transparency, promoting a culture of honesty and probity in public life and improving the overall vigilance administration in the organisations within its purview, the CIC pointed out. “The commission feels that there is no match between what RBI governor and deputy governor say and their website regarding their RTI policy, and a great secrecy of vigilance reports and inspection reports is being maintained with impunity, in spite of the Supreme Court confirming the orders of the CIC in the Jayantilal case,” Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu said. He concluded that it would not serve any purpose to punish the CPIO for this defiance, because he acted under the instructions of the top authorities. “The commission considers the governor as the deemed PIO responsible for non-disclosure and defiance of Supreme Court orders and CIC orders and directs him to show cause why a maximum penalty should not be imposed on him for these reasons,before November 16,” Acharyulu said. He rejected the arguments of the RBI that section 22 of the Right to Information (RTI) Act would not override the laws prohibiting disclosure of names and details of wilful defaulters. China on Sunday said it supported Pakistan's “quest for peace through dialogue” to settle the outstanding disputes with India as it backed Islamabad's “engagement” with the Nuclear Suppliers group (NSG). A joint statement, issued here after Prime Minister Imran Khan's talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, said that China backed Pakistan's efforts to improve ties with India to settle “outstanding disputes”, without directly mentioning the Kashmir issue. “China appreciates Pakistan's quest for peace through dialogue, cooperation and negotiation, on the basis of mutual respect and equality, and supports Pakistan's efforts for improvement of PakistanIndia relations and for settlement of outstanding disputes between the two countries,” the joint statement said. In recent years, China has refrained from taking a public stance on India-Pakistan ties, expressing hope for resolution of the disputes through dialogue. On the Kashmir issue, China's oft repeated stand was that it should be resolved peacefully through dialogue. India too supports dialogue as the way to resolve the issue with Pakistan but maintains that the talks STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE THIRUVANANTHAPURAM. 4 NOVEMBER A woman activist walks with police wearing protective gear near the Sabarimala temple on 19 October. AFP FILE PHOTO mar and AshokYadav have been put in charge of security and maintenance of law and order at the Sannidhanam, Marakkoottam, Pampa, and Nilackal. The police said they would not allow anyone to turn the pilgrim centre into a hotspot for political protests. No one would be allowed to pitch camp at Pampa or the Sannidhanam or spend more than 16 Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan (L) and China’s Premier Li Keqiang at a signing ceremony in Beijing. AFP and terrorism cannot go together. For its part, Pakistan supported active participation of China at the platform of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). Also significantly, China tacitly expressed its backing for Pakistan's efforts to secure the NSG membership. India has also been seeking entry into the 48member elite nuclear club, which controls nuclear trade, but China has repeatedly stonewalled its bid. While India, which is backed by the US and a number of western countries has garnered the support of a majority of the group's members, China has stuck to its stand that new members should sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), making India's entry difficult as the group is guided by the consensus principle. India is not a signatory to the NPT. “The two sides reaffirmed their commitment to multilateral, non-discriminatory arms control and non-proliferation endeavours,” the joint statement said. “They noted with concern the continued pursuit of double standards in the application of non-proliferation norms and procedures and called for policies upholding rule of law and long-standing rules,” it added. China also heaped praise on Pakistan for its efforts to counter terrorism and said it recognised Islamabad's efforts in actively strengthening financial regulations to combat terrorism financing, and called on all parties to view Pakistan's counterterrorism efforts in an objective and fair manner. Assam killings: TMC team meets kin of deceased SNS & AGENCIES TINSUKIA, 4 NOVEMBER A four-member Trinamul Congress delegation Sunday met the family members of the five Bengalispeaking men who were killed by suspected militants in the district, and demanded the perpetrators of “the hate crime” be immediately brought to book. The Assam government welcomed the TMC delegation, which was led by TMC parliamentary party leader in Rajya Sabha Derek O'Brien, and asked them to refrain from making any provocative statement which could vitiate the atmosphere in the state. The other members of the delegation were Lok Sabha MP Mamata Bala Thakur, Rajya Sabha MP Nadimul Haq and MLA Mahua Moitra. “It is a sad day. I am at a loss of words. But in all sadness, it needs to be heard... To find out who is behind this (the killings), we will do whatever it takes in Assam, in Bengal, in the country and in Parliament,” O'Brien said. Assam BJP MLA Bolin Chetia accompanied the TMC team to the homes of the victims in Kheronibari village of Dhola area. Sabarimala turned into police fortress Sabarimala turned into a police fortress on Sunday as the Lord Ayyappa temple opens for ChithiraAttavisheshampooja at 5 pm on Monday. The police have deployed more than 2,300 personnel, including a 20-member commando team and 100 women police personnel at Vadasserikkara, Nilakkal, Pampa and Sannidhanam. Orders banning assembly of four or more people have been imposed in Sabarimala and nearby areas Police have also declared Pampa, Nilakkal and Sannidhanam as special security zones and they will be managed by special teams led by ADGP (south zone) Anil Kant. ADGP Headquarters, S Anan, thakrishnan will coordinate the operations. IGs M.R.Ajithku- P11 Beijing backs Pak’s quest for talks with India SIGNATURE LANDMARK WEATHER ‘KOHLI TO BREAK ALL RECORDS BUT BRADMAN’S’ hours at the temple. Police sources said a decision had been taken to provide police escort for women intending to worship at thetemple. Plainclothes police personnel would cover the uphill forest track to prevent protesters from bullying women as had occurred when the temple opened for Thulamasapuja in October. This is the second time that the hill shrine is opening for darshan after the Supreme Court allowed entry of women of all age groups into it. The temple will be closed on 6 November at 10 pm after athazhapooja and harivarasanam. The shrine will again be opened for the mandalam-makaravilakku pilgrimage on November 16 The temple witnessed high drama after around 15 women in the 10-50 age group were prevented from entering the temple by protesting devo- tees after the temple doors were opened for Thulamasapuja between October 17 and 22. In a verdict on September 28, the Supreme Court allowed women of all age groups to enter the temple. Meanwhile, restrictions have been imposed on media to cover the developments in Sabarimala. They will only be allowed to reach Sabarimala on November 5. KPCC president MullappallyRamachandran alleged that by regulating the media presence, the LDF government is implementing fascism in the state. He said that the situation in Sabarimala is explosive and blamed that the LDF government under PinarayiVijayan is responsible for it. Hoever,the state police chief LoknathBehera said that the media will not be restricted in Sabarimala. He said the CMYK police would not restrict media in Sabarimala, rather it would only be implementing the actions as per the order issued by the High Court BJP leader M T Ramesh said if police tried to hinder devotees from visiting Sabarimala, it would lead to serious repercussions. In this connection, the Sabarimala Karma Samiti, an organization spearheading the protest against the apex court order lifting an age-old ban on entry of young women into the temple, appealed to media houses not to depute women journalists in the age group of 10-50, to cover the developments in Sabarimala. In a letter to editors, the Karmasamithi said that even the entry of women media persons belonging to this age group as part of their job was also likely to aggravate the situation. “We will do whatever it takes to find the perpetrators and whoever is responsible for this. We will go to the bottom of this,” O'Brien told reporters after meeting the victims' families. Such incidents are happening across the country and the killings are an outcome of the divisive politics of the BJP-led Centre, he said. Wondering who is benefiting from these incidents, O'Brien said, “There is more than what meets the eye according to the stories that I am hearing from families and locals.” He said the ruling party of West Bengal would keep fighting on behalf of the victims' families so that at least they come to know who were behind this crime. According to TMC sources, the party has given Rs 1 lakh to each family as aid. Unidentified gunmen in battle fatigues shot dead five Bengali-speaking people, including three members of a family, near Kheronibari village on Thursday night. “We want justice for these families and will not stop our fight until the perpetrators of the hate crimes are punished,” O'Brien said. Earlier in the day, Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma appealed to the Trinamul leaders to refrain from making any “provocative statement”. Over 1300 rescued from J&K highway STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE JAMMU. 4 NOVEMBER More than 1300 passengers, including some tourists from Bengal, stranded due to heavy snowfall at the Jawahar Tunnel on the Jammu-Srinagar highway were on Sunday rescued by J&K Police and CRPF. Besides, over 1000 civilians were provided food and shelter in Banihal by police and civil administration, a senior police officer said. The J&K police has deployed rescue teams across all affected areas of the state. Men and machines of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) were engaged in clearing snow and landslides from the roads. He said that in the last 24 hours, police in Kulgam rescued 700 stranded passengers from Jawahar Tunnel. 300 of them were taken to Qazigund, 300 to Banihal and 100 to the CRPF establishments where they were provided all required assistance. Another 600 rescued from Banihal area were accommodated at Nowgam and Gund . At Ganderbal, 26 passengers on board a stranded tempo vehicle were rescued. Police were engaged in efforts to rescue two truck drivers, Shamsher Singh and Ajit Singh who are trapped at Zero Point India Gate near Drass in Ladakh where the temperature has nosedived below freezing point. Following nine hours of clearance work, the JammuSrinagar national highway was opened for one-way traffic Sunday, a day after being closed due to heavy snow and landslides.
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