TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 06 NOVEMBER 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P3 SENSEX 34,950.92 -60.73 WEATHER Clear sky. Mist in the morning. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 27 and 12 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 96% TEMPERATURE Max: 25.8°C (-5) SUN RISES 06:37 hrs MOON RISES 06:00 hrs P10 NIFTY 10,524.00 -29.00 ` vs $ 73.12 -67 PAISE Min: 14.8°C (0) SUN SETS 17:33 hrs MOON SETS 16:59 hrs THUMBNAILS The newly-inaugurated Signature Bridge on Yamuna river, at Wazirabad in the Capital, was AMARJEET SINGH opened for public on Monday. Hiphei resigns as Mizoram speaker, joins BJP: Mizoram assembly Speaker Hiphei Monday resigned from his post, the House as well as the Congress, and joined the BJP, saying its central leadership has promised to enhance powers of the state's autonomous district councils. Union home minister Rajnath Singh has promised amendment to the sixth schedule to enable greater autonomy to the P5 autonomous district councils, he said. PRESS TRUST OF INDIA WASHINGTON, 5 NOVEMBER T Iranian protesters burn US and Israeli makeshift flags during a demonstration outside the former US embassy AFP in the Iranian capital Tehran. sury imposed penalties on more than 700 Iranian and Iranian-linked individuals, entities, aircraft and vessels. The move brought to more than 900 the number of Iran-related targets sanctioned by the Trump administration in less than two years. Among those are 50 Iranian banks and subsidiaries, more than 200 people and ships, Iran’s state-run airline Iran Air and more than 65 of its planes. “Treasury’s imposition of unprecedented financial pressure on Iran should Odisha encounter: Five CPI (Maoist) cadres, including two women, were killed in an encounter with the special operations group in the Poplur-Kurmanur forest range of Malkangiri district. R P Koche, who heads anti-Naxal operations in the state said that two units of the SOG had launched a combing operation based on intelligence inputs on movement of armed Maoists in the forest area. The exchange of fire between the armed cadres and the security forces took place in the wee hours Monday. P10 Imran China visit marred by gaffe: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s highly-publicised visit to China was marred by a gaffe by staterun PTV broadcasting a speech by him in Beijing with the dateline “Begging”, triggering an intense debate on social media. Khan was addressing an event at the Central Party School in Beijing which PTV was telecasting P10 live. Karnataka bypoll results today: The results for three Lok Sabha and two assembly constituencies in Karnataka that Saturday went to the bypolls, seen as a prestigious popularity test for the ruling Congress-JDS coalition, will be declared on Tuesday. LUCKNOW, 5 NOVEMBER While the killing of tigress Avni (T1) in Maharashtra has raised a storm with women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi terming it a ‘ghastly murder’ and activists claiming it to be a “fake encounter”, distressing news comes in from Uttar Pradesh. Angry villagers in Kishanpur wildlife sanctuary in Dudhwa Tiger Reserve crushed to death an adult tigress under the wheels of a tractor for mauling a 50year-old man. The man, named Devanand, later succumbed to his injuries. Dudhwa Tiger Reserve (DTR) encompasses large swathes of forest area in Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh. The incident, indicative of the growing man-animal conflict, took place on Sunday in the Chaltau village. The village is located in the Mailani range of the Kishanpur sanctuary in the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve. Angry villagers, irked over the death of Devanand, ran a tractor over the tigress crushing it to death. Angry locals, reportedly barged into the core area of the DTR on Sun- Delhi records season's worst air quality ahead of Diwali A view of Rajpath covered in smog near Raisina Hill, as air quality deteriorates in the Capital on Monday. SUBRATA DUTTA Delhi recorded its worst air quality of the season Monday, two days ahead of Diwali, when pollution levels reached eight times the permissable limit and inched towards "severe plus emergency" category due to a change in wind direction and rampant stubble burning in neighbouring states. As a thick blanket of haze make clear to the Iranian regime that they will face mounting financial isolation and economic stagnation until they fundamentally change their destabilising behavior,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Yet as the administration seeks to cut off Iran’s oil revenue completely it is allowing some of its closest allies, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, and rival China to continue to purchase Iranian oil as long as they work to reduce imports to zero. Villagers ‘lynch’ killer tigress STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 5 NOVEMBER GOLD 30,630.00 +25.00 engulfed the national capital, experts warned that the air quality is likely to worsen further due to local factors during the festival while doctors said the impact of air pollution on public health can be compared to smoking 1520 cigarettes a day. According to a warning issued by the Centre-run System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), the national capital's air quality is expected to deteriorate to "severe plus emergency" category after Diwali and it will be “bad” on November 8 even if “partial toxic crackers” are burned compared to last year. Even as the Centre said factors like weather, wind speed and stubble burning in states were not under its control but it was making efforts to improve the air quality, Opposition Congress accused the NDA and AAP governments of putting Delhi'ites at the risk of “death by breath”. Questioning Prime Minister Narendra Modi's silence on the issue, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said while pollution was reaching hazardous levels in Delhi, the BJP and the AAP were only interested in scoring political points and one-upmanship. Union environment minister Harsh Vardhan warned that strict action will be taken against people violating antipollution norms. TURN TO PAGE 6 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the waivers, which expire in six months, were necessary to avoid disruption of world oil markets and to give the eight countries more time to eliminate their imports. During those six months, the importing country can buy Iranian oil but must deposit Iran’s revenue in an escrow account. Iran can spend the money but only on a narrow range of humanitarian items. India, the world's thirdbiggest oil consumer, meets more than 80 per cent of its oil needs through imports. Iran is its thirdlargest supplier after Iraq and Saudi Arabia and meets about 10 per cent of total needs. Currently, India pays its third largest oil supplier in euros using European banking channels. India has resisted Washington's call to reduce purchases to zero, citing the galloping energy needs of its 1.3 billion people. But at the same time, India has taken steps to reduce its oil purchase from Iran, which has already declined substantially. Situation of economic war: Rouhani TEHERAN, 5 NOVEMBER Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said the Islamic republic “will proudly bypass sanctions” by the United States that took effect on Monday. “I announce that we will proudly bypass your illegal, unjust sanctions because it's against international regulations,” Rouhani said in a televised speech. “We are in a situation of economic war, confronting a bullying power. I don't think that in the history of America, someone has entered the White House who is so against law and international conventions,” he added. Rouhani said four countries had approached him during his visit to New York for the UN General Assembly, offering to mediate with the US but he turned AFP them down. BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 73.12 +0.29 Sabarimala opens amid tight security PRESS TRUST OF INDIA SABARIMALA (KER), 5 NOVEMBER The doors to Ayyappa temple here opened Monday for the second time in three weeks for a two-day special puja amid unprecedented security over apprehension of protests by those opposing the Supreme Court order allowing women of all age groups into the shrine. Though no girl or woman in the age group of 10-50 years was spotted at the temple, the abode of Lord Ayyappa, its eternally celibate deity, police said a 30-year-old woman has reached the base camp at Pamba and sought protection to offer prayers at the hill shrine. The woman, Anju, identified herself as a native of Cherthala in Alappuzha district. “She is at the police control room here now. She says she wants to trek to the hill shrine. No decision has been taken so far on whether to take her to the temple or not today,” a police official told PTI. Her husband Abhilash and children aged 7 and 4 years are with her, he said. Sabarimala virtually turned into a fortress with hundreds of police personnel, including armed commandos, dotting the place where surveillance cameras and mobile phone jammers were installed. Thousands of pilgrims entered the temple as temple tantri (head priest) Kandararu Rajeevaru and melshanti (chief priest) Unnikrishnan Namboothiri jointly opened the portals of the sanctum sanctorum around 5 pm. No special puja will be performed Monday, temple authorities said, adding the doors will be closed at 10 pm. It will open again Tuesday for the “Sree Chitira Atta Thirunal” puja to mark the birth anniversary of the last king of the princely state of Travancore Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma. Several BJP leaders and Ayyappa Dharama Sena president Rahul Easwar reached 'Sannidhanam', the temple complex, in the evening. Security at Sabarimala and nearby places was stepped up following violent protests by fringe Hindu groups and mainstream political parties like the Congress and the BJP against the Kerala government's decision to enforce the SC order lifting the ban on girls and women of menstruating age from entering the temple. SEE ALSO PAGE 6 N-triad complete with INS Arihant t STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE day evening, beat up the forest guards, snatched their tractor and ran it over the tigress who is said to be 10 years old.They later hit the animal with sticks and ensured its death. Devanand is said to have ventured in the Chaltau village in the core area of the DTR where he was attacked by the tigress. The injured villager was first taken by the locals to the Community Health Centre from where he was referred to the district hospital, Lakhimpur Kheri. He succumbed to his injuries there. The killing of the tigress has evoked a strong reaction from the forest officials. Field director of Dudhwa Tiger Reserve Ramesh Pandey has spoken with senior police officials of the zone and asked them to take action against the villagers involved in the killing. Pandey has termed it as a clear case of ‘cold blood’ killing and said that the accused involved in the heinous killing would be put behind bars. He said an FIR will be lodged under the Wildlife Protection Act. Pandey said he has informed the principal chief conservator of forest about the incident. P16 SILVER 38,800.00 +150.00 US sanctions on Iran kick in; India among 8 spared he Trump administration’s tough new sanctions on Iran took effect on Monday but eight major importers of Iranian oil, India among them, were spared from immediate penalties. The sanctions target Iran’s energy, financial and shipping sectors and are aimed at crippling the country’s economy following President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal. The measures restore all the US sanctions that had been lifted under the accord that gave Iran billions of dollars in sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear programme. The sanctions freeze any assets that those targeted have in US jurisdictions and bar Americans from doing business with them. They will also affect non-Iranian companies that deal with sanctioned Iranian firms and officials. In what the US said was the largest-single sanctions designation, the Trea- INDIA EYE ANOTHER SERIES WIN P13 Sanctions target Iran’s energy, financial and shipping sectors, aimed at crippling economy Min. 49% PRESS TRUST OF INDIA RAJAPAKSA NOT RECOGNISED AS PM: SRI LANKA SPEAKER ‘LAPSES TO BE PROBED IN AVNI KILLING’ ARVIND KEJRIWAL ACQUITTED IN LIBEL SUIT NEW DELHI, 5 NOVEMBER Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday received the crew of the Navy’s Strategic Strike Nuclear Submarine (SSBN) INS Arihant which recently returned from its first deterrence patrol, completing the establishment of the country's survivable nuclear triad. Stressing the significance of the successful deployment of INS Arihant for the completion of India's nuclear triad, the Prime Minister congratulated the crew and all involved in the achievement which puts India among a handful of countries having the capability to design, construct and operate SSBNs. Noting that the indigenous development of the SSBN and its operationalisation attest to the country's technological prowess and the synergy and coordination among all concerned, the Prime Minister thanked them for their dedication and commitment in realising this pioneering accomplishment enhancing immensely the country's security. The Prime Minister commended the courage and commitment of India's brave soldiers and the talent and perseverance of its scientists, whose untir ing efforts transformed the scientific achievement of nuclear tests into establishment of an immensely complex and credible nuclear triad, and dispelled all doubts and questions about India's capability and resolve in this regard. The Prime Minister stated that the people of India aspire for a ‘Shaktimaan Bharat’ (Strong India) and to build a New India. They have striven tirelessly to overcome all challenges in this path, he said, stressing that a strong India will fulfill the hopes and aspirations of over a billion Indians and will also be an important pillar for global peace and stability, especially in a world full of uncertainties and concerns. The Prime Minister extended greetings to the participants and their families on the occasion of Deep- awali. He expressed the hope that just as light dispels darkness and all fear, INS Arihant will be the harbinger of fearlessness for the country. As a responsible nation, India has put in place a robust nuclear command and control structure, effective safety assurance architecture and strict political control, under its Nuclear Command Authority. It remains committed to the doctrine of Credible Minimum Deterrence and No First Use, as enshrined in the decision taken by the Cabinet Committee on Security in its meeting chaired by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on 4 January, 2003.
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