www.thestatesman.com MONDAY FIND US ONLINE 05 NOVEMBER 2018 Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR STAKES HIGH FOR TRUMP IN MIDTERMS ‘MOSQUE NEXT TO RAM TEMPLE WOULD UPSET HINDUS’ TRS, BJP HAVE MORE THAN TACIT SUPPORT P6 P10 P12 Delhi gets Signature Bridge; fracas at site WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Mist in the morning. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 29 and 16 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 75% Min. 41% Max: 29.7°C (-1) SUN RISES 06:36 hrs MOON RISES 03:59 hrs Min: 18.3°C (+3) SUN SETS 17:34 hrs MOON SETS 16:59 hrs TEMPERATURE DJOKOVIC SHOCKED BY KHACHANOV IN PARIS P15 Beijing backs Pak’s quest for talks with India Also supports Islamabad’s engagement with NSG PRESS TRUST OF INDIA BEIJING, 4 NOVEMBER C THUMBNAILS A view of the cable-stayed ‘Signature Bridge’ after its inauguration ceremony in New Delhi on Sunday. SNS & PTI 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 AFP Cricket Stadium in Kolkata on Sunday. 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. Maneka lashes out over Avni killing: Women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi on Sunday lashed out at the Maharashtra government over the "ghastly murder" of man-eating 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's Yavatmal on Friday as part of a months-long operation. P7 Delhi's much awaited iconic Signature Bridge - which missed many deadlines over the last 14 years - on theYamuna was inaugurated by Chief Minister Arvvind Kejriwal on Sunday amid fracas between AAP and BJP workers. The high drama began with the arrival of Delhi BJP president ManojTiwari who got into a scuffle with AAP workers at the site before the inauguration. Scores of BJP workers staged a protest for allegedly not being "invited" to inaugural event of the newly-built city landmark. On the occasion, the Delhi Chief Minister attacked BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying the country needs bridges, schools and hospitals not temples and statues for progress. "Four days ago the 182 metre tallest statue of the world was unveiled and today this 154 metre high bridge is being inaugurated.The country has to decide if it needs statues and temples or bridges, schools and hospitals," Kejriwal said inaugurating the bridge. HesaidthethoughtofSignature bridge reminded him ofthefirstPrimeMinisterJawahar Lal Nehru. "If Nehru had chosen to build temples and statuesinsteadofinstitutions like BHEL and SAIL, then the country would not have progressed. The country would languishin15thcenturyiftemples and mosques are given preferences over science, technology and research," Kejriwalsaid.He alleged that in order to stop his government from completing the bridge, the officials and engineers were issued threats of CBI raids against them. "The Signature Bridge has been completed only because there is an honest Bihar dismisses 175 police constables, suspends 23 officials for rampage IANS PATNA, 4 NOVEMBER On the eve of renewed sanctions by Washington, Iranian protesters burn a dollar banknote and a US flag during a demonstration outside AFP the former US embassy in Teheran. The Bihar government on Sunday dismissed 175 police constables and suspended 23 police officials for rampaging in the city after the death of a female colleague, who was reportedly denied leave despite being ill. More than 300 police constables had gone on a rampage here on November 2, damaging properties and attacking police officers, after a woman colleague who had reportedly been refused leave died. Of the 175 police constables dismissed, most were trainees. The government also suspended 23 police officials, including havildars and assistant sub-inspectors. According to officials, the action was taken after a high-level meeting of top police officers here. Hours after the police constables went on a rampage, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar asked Bihar police chief K.S. Dwivedi to submit a detailed report at the earliest. government in Delhi," Kejriwal asserted. Deputy CM Manish Sisodia also alleged that "obstacles" were raised by the Modi government so that the Signature Bridge wasnotcompletedintherule of AAP government in Delhi. "If Modi government had contributed one inch to this bridge, I would myself chant Modi-Modi like those who are showing black flags," he saidreferringtoBJPsupporters who were camped nearby along with Manoj Tiwari. He said in a tweet the bridgewillalsoattracttourists because of having a 154metre-high glass box from where one can have a bird's eye view of the national capital. "It's a matter of pride for the city," he tweeted. The bridge, which will be open for the use by the public on Monday,willunderstandably reduce travel time between north and northeast Delhi considerably. According to a govern- AFP ment official, the bridge has a 675-metre-long cablestayedsectionandwillreduce thetrafficburdenofWazirabad Bridge. The official said the bridge will have designated points for selfie-crazy people. Four elevators, with a capacity to take 50 persons to the top of the structure, will beoperationalintwomonths. The first bridge of its kind in India, the Signature Bridge will offer a panoramic view ofthenationalcapital,theofficial added. The bridge was planned and approved in 1997 after the city lost the lives of 22 children when a school bus fell off Wazirabad Bridge into theYamuna. It, however, got delayed, resulting in the escalation of its cost, which was initially expected to be Rs. 1,131 crore.The bridge Delhi has got now was expected to be ready before the Commonwealth Games held in the city in October 2010. SEE ALSO PAGE 3 hina 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 IndiaPakistan 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 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE 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 Ananthakrishnan will coordinate the operations. IGs M.R.Ajithkumar A woman activist walks with police wearing protective gear AFP FILE PHOTO near the Sabarimala temple on 19 October. 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 but maintains that the talks 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 counter-terrorism efforts in an objective and fair manner. CIC show-cause notice for Urjit Patel c PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 4 NOVEMBER 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 guidelines 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 Sabarimala turned into police fortress THIRUVANANTHAPURAM. 4 NOVEMBER Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan (L) and China’s Premier Li Keqiang at a signing ceremony in Beijing. AFP hours at the temple. Police sources said a decision had been taken to provide police escort for women intending to worship at thetemple. Plain-clothes 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 devotees 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 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 ageold ban on entry of young women into the temple, appealed to media houses not to depute women journalists in the age group of 1050, 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. 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 nondisclosure 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. 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. TheJ&Kpolicehasdeployed 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 passen- gers from JawaharTunnel. 300 ofthemweretakentoQazigund, 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 Jammu-Srinagar national highway was opened for one-way traffic Sunday, a day after being closed due to heavy snow and landslides.
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