CMYK www.thestatesman.com WEDNESDAY FIND US ONLINE 07 NOVEMBER 2018 Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR SENSEX 34,999.91 +40.99 NIFTY 10,530.00 +6.00 ` vs $ 73.00 +12 PAISE GOLD 32,610.00 -80.00 Cong-JDS stuns BJP; wins 4-1 in Karnataka The combine wins Ballari, Mandya LS seats besides two Assembly segments STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE BENGALURU,6 NOVEMBER he ruling CongressJDS combine in Karnataka received a big boost following its 41 win in the crucial five bypolls that were held this week of which two were for Assembly and three for Lok Sabha seats. The combine today won the Bellary and Mandya Lok Sabha seats in addition to the Assembly segments of Ramangara and Jamkhandi. The BJP had to be content with winning the Shimoga Parliamentary seat, though with a comparatively low margin. The wins prompted AICC general secretary in-charge of Karnataka, K Venugopal , and other senior leaders like former chief minister Siddharamiah, to assert that this was a semi-final ahead of the Parliamentary elections of 2019. The people of Karnataka, they said, had proved that they were in favour of the Congress-JD(S) alliance. Chief minister and JDS leader H D Kumaraswamy congratulated the Congress party’s T state and Central leadership for the success of the coalition which he said the BJP had been terming as an “apavitra maitri” or an unholy alliance. For the exuberant coalition partners, their most significant win, however, came in Bellary where Congress candidate V Ugrappa wrested the seat from the BJP defeating J Latha , by a margin of 2.43 lakh votes. For the Congress in particular and the combine in general, this is a stupendous win as the seat is seen as a bastion of the controversial Reddy brothers whose close aide and BJP leader Sriramulu had vacated it after winning the Assembly elections in May WEATHER Partly cloudy sky with light rain likely in some areas. Temperature to be in the range of 32-24 degree Celsius. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Sabarimala: High drama as devotees try to block woman SNS & AGENCIES Max. 93% Min. 39% Max: 33.0°C (+1.9) SUN SETS 16:56 hrs MOON RISES 05.09 hrs Min: 25.4°C (+3.4) SUN RISES 05:45 hrs MOON SETS 16:58 hrs TEMPERATURE this year. Latha is Sriramulu’s sister. While a visibly shaken Sriramulu accepted responsibility for the defeat,Venugopal noted that “with this win, the Congress had reclaimed Bellary. While the sole win in Shimoga would comfort the BJP and its leader Yeddyurappa whose son, B Raghvendra managed to ward off a stiff challenge in the Parliamentary constituency from Madhu Bangarappa of the JDS, it would definitely lead to a lot of soul searching for the party. Especially as Shimoga has been the stronghold of the Yeddyurappa family which invariably wins with a huge margin, New moon on 7 November THUMBNAILS Indian troops on Tuesday exchanged sweets with Pakistani troops on the Line of Control (LoC) in the Poonch district of Jammu. SNS 62 Maoists surrender in Chhattisgarh: Sixtytwo “hardcore Maoists” surrendered before security forces in Chhattisgarh on Tuesday, police said, a development Union home minister Rajnath Singh described as a “huge achievement”. Of the 62, 55 surrendered with their arms and ammunition in Narayanpur district.P5 Bajwa shoots historic skeet gold: Angad Vir Singh Bajwa shot to a gold with a world record score in the men's skeet final of the 8th Asian Shotgun Championship, becoming the first Indian skeet shooter to win a continental or world level event. Angad shot a perfect 60 out of 60 in the final round. SABARIMALA, 6 NOVEMBER The doors of the Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala closed after completing the 'Chithira Attavisheshampooja' rituals on Tuesday night without a single woman in the restricted age group being able to enter the famed hill shrine Earlier in the day, about 200 frenzied devotees on Tuesday tried to prevent a woman pilgrim from entering the hilltop shrine suspecting her to be of menstrual age and allegedly attacked a cameraman of a Malayalam television news channel. Ignoring prohibitory orders, devotees and right wing activists gathered in huge numbers at Sannidhanam, the shrine complex, following which a senior state RSS leader addressed them using a microphone to bring the situation under control. Though a rush of pilgrims is hardly witnessed during the annual Sree Chitira Atta Thirunal, the temple saw an unprecedented flow of devotees this time when it was opened for the two-day special puja Monday evening. Clapping and chanting ‘Ayyappa saranam’, a huge crowd of devotees surrounded Lalitha Ravi (52), suspecting her to be of menstrual age, but police intervened and escorted her out.The woman showed her Aadhaar card to them to prove she did not belong to the “traditionally barred” age group of 10-50 years though the Supreme Court has allowed entry of girls and women of all age groups. Police later escorted her to the shrine to offer prayers along with her other women relatives. Hailing from Thrissur, Lalitha came to the hill temple, which opened this morning, with 19 relatives, including women, for her grandson’s ‘chorunnu’ (rice giving ceremony). Name game: Faizabad to be renamed Ayodhya PRESS TRUST OF INDIA AYODHYA, 6 NOVEMBER Close on the heels of renaming Allahabad as Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath Tuesday announced that Faizabad district would henceforth be known as Ayodhya. “Ayodhya is a symbol of our 'aan, baan aur shaan' (honour, pride and prestige),” he said at a grand “Deepotsav” event organised in the pilgrim town, about 120 km from state capital Lucknow. “Nobody can do injustice to Ayodhya,” Adityanath said. He also announced the setting up of a new airport in Ayodhya, named after Lord Ram, and a medical college in the name of king Dashrath, father of Lord Ram, in the district. “Deepotsav is about starting a new tradition,” Adityanath said at the Ram Katha Park here which has even gone beyond 2.5 lakhs in the past. To that extent chief minister and JDS leader H D Kumaraswamy could not help claiming that “the moral victory is ours as Madhu Bangarappa was actually abroad but we managed to persuade him to come and contest”. Bangarappa polled 4.91 lakh votes against Raghvendra’s 5.43 lakh. Mr Yeddyurappa, on his part, accepted the verdict, adding that the BJP would have been satisfied if it had won Bellary and Jamakhandi. Even in Shimoga, the party expected to win with a huge margin, he admitted, adding that money power played a big role. In Jamakhandi, BJP candidate Srikant Kulkarni, who had lost by a narrow margin in the May Assembly polls, bit the dust again this time. The bypolls were held as Congress MLA, Siddu Nyamagouda, died prematurely this year. This time the Congress put up his son, Anand Nyamagouda, who won by a margin of 39,840 votes against Kulkarni. South Korean First Lady Kim Jung-Sook (L) with UP CM Yogi Adityanath during Deepotsav celebrations in Ayodhya. AFP on the eve of Diwali. The event was also attended by the First Lady of South Korea, Kim Jung-sook, and Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik. Several projects, including those related to the redevelopment and beautification of “Ram Ki Paidi” and the stoppage of sewage disposal in the Sarayu river, were launched. Later, on the banks of the Sarayu river, a new world rec- ord was also set with over three lakh “diya” (earthen lamps) lit up simultaneously. Earlier in the day, Kim began her tour of Ayodhya by offering tributes at the Queen Heo Memorial here, where she also attended the ground-breaking ceremony for the upgrade and beautification of the memorial dedicated to the legendary princess of Ayodhya who married a Korean king. Police at Sannidhanam said a case has been registered against 200 “identifiable” persons in connection with the incident, based on her complaint. When the situation went out of control, senior RSS leader Valsan Thillankeri, who has been camping at the shrine complex since Monday, pacified the angry agitators and asked them to maintain calm and cautioned against alleged “unruly elements”, who could intrude to create trouble at the hill shrine. “The leadership has the responsibility to avoid any kind of untoward incident. That's why I addressed the devotees,” he later told reporters. Valsan also courted a controversy for allegedly violating the key tradition of the Sabarimala shrine by climbing the sacred 18 steps without carrying the customary ‘irumudikkettu’ (sacred offerings) on his head. TV channels aired visuals of the Sangh leader standing on the golden steps leading to the sanctum sanctorum. However, he rejected the charge and said he did carry the offerings. Govt seeking to demolish RBI: Congress NEW DELHI, 6 NOVEMBER The Congress on Tuesday accused the Modi government of seeking to “demolish” the Reserve Bank of India and said if the Centre’s reported demand for Rs 3.6 lakh crore from the central bank fructifies, it would amount to “the great Indian robbery”. The party also said the government wanted the money to dole out freebies ahead of the 2019 parliamentary election. Congress president Rahul Gandhi attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the report, alleging that he needs the amount to fix the “mess his genius economic theories” have created. He urged RBI Governor Urjit Patel to “stand up” to the prime minister and “protect the nation”. There was no immediate reaction on the charge made by Gandhi. PTI Details on Page 2 CMYK SILVER 39,300.00 -240.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 72.90 -0.27
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