CMYK TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 06 NOVEMBER 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 RAJAPAKSA NOT RECOGNISED AS PM: SRI LANKA SPEAKER ‘RIYADH SENT TENT TO COVER UP KHASHOGGI KILLING’ P9 REFLECTIONS ON THE STATUE OF UNITY P10 P7 SENSEX 34,950.92 -60.73 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Maximum and minimum temperatures to be around 33 and 24 degree Celsius respectively RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY ` vs $ 73.12 -67 PAISE GOLD 30,630.00 +25.00 Min. 56% Max: 33.1°C (+2) SUN SETS 16:57 hrs MOON RISES 04:11 hrs Min: 24.6°C (+3) SUN RISES 05:44 hrs MOON SETS 16:17 hrs New moon on 7 November THUMBNAILS Rani Rashmoni skywalk, which was opened on Monday at Dakshineswar in Kolkata. SUBAL SAHA 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. Kejriwal acquitted in defamation case: A Delhi court on Monday acquitted chief minister Arvind Kejriwal in a criminal defamation case filed by a former aide of Congress leader Sheila Dikshit. Additional chief metropolitan magistrate Samar Vishal granted relief to Kejiriwal in the case lodged by Pawan Khera for remarks allegedly made against her by the AAP leader in a television show during power tariff hike protests in October 2012. 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. SILVER 38,800.00 +150.00 PRESS TRUST OF INDIA WASHINGTON, 5 NOVEMBER 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- T Iranian protesters burn US and Israeli makeshift flags during a demonstration outside the former US embassy in the Iranian capital Teheran. AFP 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 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. 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. Imran China visit marred by gaffe GOLD RUSH NEW DELHI, 5 NOVEMBER Buyers purchase jewellery on Dhanteras in the Capital on Monday. AMARJEET SINGH STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, 5 NOVEMBER security measures have not gone down well with the devotees, who arrived in Nilakkal on Monday morning. Devotees who reached Erumeli by Sunday evening protested on Monday morning at not being allowed to leave for Pamba and the Sannidhanam. They blocked traffic, chanting 'Ayyappa Sarnam'. It has been reported that the police are insisting that devotees, media personnel and others making their way to Pamba should carry identity documents. Hundreds of pilgrims at Nilakkal and Erumeli protested as they faced repeated obstacles from the police. For the first time 15 women police personnel ~ aged above 50 years ~ were deployed at Sannidhanam. Police on Monday installed mobile jammers near the Sabarimala temple to prevent the Tantri and other shrine officials from interacting with the media and to dissuade live visuals. Meanwhile, a young woman, on the strength of the Supreme Court order, has arrived at Pampa for performing darshan at the temple. Anju, 30, a native of Cherthala in Alappuzha, has sought police help to trek to the hill shrine. She is accompanied by her husband and two children. On learning about the woman's arrival, devotees started protests at Pampa and the Sannidhanam, chanting saranamayyappa mantras.It is learnt that police would not allow her to trek to the hill shrine tonight due to security issues. The temple will be closed on 6 November at 10 pm after athazhapooja and harivarasanam. The shrine will again be opened for the mandalammakaravilakku pilgrimage on 16 November. Another report on Page 4 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 in the country. Khan was addressing an event at the Central Party School in Beijing which PTV was telecasting live. In the top left corner of the screen, indicating the location of the event, the screen read “Begging”. While the ticker describing the event got the spellings of Beijing right in Urdu, the word was misspelt in English resulting in a major embarrassment for PTV as well as the government. The faux pas is seen as particularly ironic since the Pakistani premier is on a mission to secure a package from China to overcome a major economic crisis his country is confronted with. Khan has come in for sharp criticism by his adversaries over his ‘Uturn’ since he was a vocal opponent of visiting other countries with a begging bowl before SNS assuming office. BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 73.12 +0.29 Villagers ‘lynch’ killer tigress in UP US sanctions on Iran kick in; India among 8 spared Sabarimala opens amid tight security Amid tight security, the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple opened for the Chithira Attavisheshampooja on Monday at 5 p.m. Police have deployed more than 2,300 personnel, including a 20-member commando team and 100 women police personnel at Vadasserikkara, Nilakkal, Pampa and the Sannidhanam (temple complex). Orders banning assembly of four or more people have been imposed in Sabarimala and nearby areas. Thousands of devotees have reached the Sannidhanam which is under tight police security. The P11 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE LUCKNOW, 5 NOVEMBER Sanctions target Iran’s energy, financial and shipping sectors, aimed at crippling economy Max. 92% TEMPERATURE NIFTY 10,524.00 -29.00 BOXING PICKS A ‘CRIMINAL’ FOR LEADING ROLE 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. Even as 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 within the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve crushed to death an adult tigress under the wheels of a tractor for mauling a 50-year-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 mananimal conflict, took place on Sunday in 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. The angry locals, reportedly invaded the core area of the tiger reserve on Sun- 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 until it died. Devanand is said to have ventured into 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 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 forests about the incident. N-triad complete with INS Arihant STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE 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 soldiers and the talent and perseverance of its scientists, whose untiring 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 Deepawali. 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. Delhi records season's worst air quality as Diwali nears PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 5 NOVEMBER Delhi recorded its worst air quality of the season on Monday, with the pollution levels inching towards ‘severe plus emergency’ category due to a change in wind direction and rampant stubble burning in neighbouring states. The PM2.5 (particles in the air with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometres) and PM10 concentrations touched 365 and 503 respectively, touching the 'severe-plus emergency' category, according to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data. PM2.5 levels above 300 and PM10 levels above 430 are considered “severe-plus emergency” category. In NCR, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Noida and Greater Noida recorded “severe” pollution levels while Gurgaon recorded “very poor” air quality, CPCB data showed. Officials attributed the sudden deterioration in the air quality to a change in wind direction, which is now blowing from the northwestern region towards Delhi and bringing dust and smoke from stubble burning in neighbouring states with it. Delhi's overall air quality index on Monday was record- A view of Rajpath covered in smog near Raisina Hill, as air quality deteriorates, in the Capital on Monday. SUBRATA DUTTA- ed at 434, which falls in the “severe” category, a drastic decline from Sunday's “moderate” level at 171. On Sunday, Delhiites breathed the cleanest air in three weeks, according to CPCB data. The national capital woke up to a thick haze on Monday morning, two days ahead of Diwali, following which, experts have warned, the air quality is likely to worsen further due to local factors. CPCB chairman S P Singh Parihar said the deterioration of the air quality will continue till Tuesday morning. “But the good news is that speed of surface wind has improved, which may help in dispersing the pollutants,” he said. An official of the Centre-run System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research said intensified stubble burning is contributing nearly 24 per cent of the air pollution in Delhi. Another official said if the air quality continues to CMYK remain in the “severe” category for 48 hours, they would consider implementing more regulations. The Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology said biomass burning is also contributing to the spike in PM2.5 concentration. The increase in pollution levels comes despite strict control measures imposed by the government in Delhi. It has launched an aggressive 10-day 'Clean Air Campaign' from November 1 to monitor and report polluting activities and ordered halting of construction activities and regulating vehicular traffic. Civil construction has been suspended in Delhi and surrounding areas of the National Capital Region. All stone crushers and hot mix plants generating dust pollution have also been closed. The Delhi Pollution Control Committee has directed the transport department and the traffic police to intensify their drive against polluting vehicles until 10 November. Union environment minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday said no leniency would be shown to those violating pollution control norms. He again warned that legal action was being initiated against people violating the regulations. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has said stubble burning in Punjab is the main reason behind the current cycle of air pollution in Delhi. On Sunday, Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh termed his claim as “nonsense”. But NASA satellite images showed a large number of farm fires in Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Sirsa and other areas of Punjab and Haryana. Enforcement data provided has showed that despite the Delhi government deregistering 40 lakh old petrol and diesel vehicles to curb air pollution, only 3,196 vehicles have been impounded.
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