THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 08 NOVEMBER 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16+4 |` 5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR ULFA’S ANUP CHETIA DISMISSES PARESH BARUAH DEATH CLAIMS ABDULLAH URGES INDIA, PAK TO START SUSTAINED DIALOGUE P5 WEATHER Clear sky. Mist in the morning. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 29 and 13 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Min. 28% Max: 27.8°C (-1) SUN RISES 06:39 hrs MOON RISES 07:58 hrs Min: 12.5°C (-1) SUN SETS 17:32 hrs MOON SETS 18:18 hrs THUMBNAILS A woman celebrates Diwali, in the Capital on SUBRATA DUTTA Wednesday. ECI sets up panel: The Election Commission of India on Wednesday set up a high-level committee headed by a deputy election commissioner to hold talks with protesters seeking ouster of the Mizoram poll panel chief S B P6 Shashank. Jeff Sessions resigns as US AG: US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has resigned from the post at the "request" of President Donald Trump. Trump's tweet about his decision came less than an hour after his marathon press conference at the White House in the wake of US midterm poll results on Wednesday. Delhi'ites burst crackers beyond SC deadline PTI PRESS TRUST OF INDIA WASHINGTON, 7 NOVEMBER O pposition Democrats captured the House of Representatives on Wednesday in the crucial midterm elections while President Donald Trump's Republican Party retained its majority in the Senate, an outcome likely to intensify the political bitterness and fighting between the two major parties in the run up to the 2020 presidential poll. Breaking the Republican monopoly on power, Democrats had already picked up over two dozen seats in the House, more than the 23 needed to take control of the House for the first time in eight years. Initial statements coming from the Democratic party leaders indicated it would make it tough for President Trump, who wants major legislative changes on some of his signature issues including immigration, tax and healthcare reforms. By capturing the House of Representatives, the Democrats may exert a major institutional check on Trump and break the Republican monopoly in Washington. Trump, who campaigned aggressively in the last several weeks, expressed satisfaction over the results and described this as tremendous success. “Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!” Trump said in a brief tweet. In the House of Repre- P15 FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Representative Ben Ray Lujan (D-MN), DCCC Chairman, celebrate a projected Democratic Party takeover of the House of AFP Representatives on Wednesday in Washington, DC. sentatives, the Democrats gained 24 seats giving them enough for the majority in the 435-membered chamber. Political pundits had predicted a much greater gain for the Democrats in the House, which was pointed out by the GOP leaders as they tended to give the credit for this to Trump. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, 78, is expected to be re-elected as Speaker of House of Representatives. In the outgoing House, the Republicans had 235 seats while the Democrats 193. The new House would come into being next January. In her victory speech inWashington DC, Pelosi said the party would use its newly won majority to pursue a bipartisan agenda for a country. Pelosi said Americans have all “had enough of division”. “Thanks to you, tomorrow will be a new day in America,” she said standing alongside other Democratic House leaders. She said that the election result is about “restoring the system of checks and balances” in Trump administration thus indicating that the new Democratic party would play the role of a strong opponent in for the US President. President Trump called Pelosi Tuesday night to offer congratulations, her office said. At least 90 women won their elections, with majority being Democrats. At least 28 of them were elected to the House for the first time. The elections also resulted in Rashida Tlaib becoming the first Muslim woman elected to the House of Representatives along with Somali-American Ilhan Omar. For the Democrats taking control of the House gives them an opportunity to be more assertive in the Congress and preventTrump for achieving his legislative agenda. “The Democratic Party is back,” said Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez. “We won back the House because our candidates had a clear message for working families and refused to let Trump and the GOP distract us from the issues that matter most. Democrats believe that health care is a right for all.We believe that the economy should work for everyone, not just those at the top,” Perez said. However, the ruling Republican Party retained its majority in the 100-member Senate where it currently has a razor thin majority of 51-49 seats. The GOP is expected to increase its tally, as counting of votes were still going on when reports last came in. Thirty-five of the 100 Senate seats went to polls. The crucial polls, marking the first major voter test of Trump, is seen as a referendum on his controversial policies, including those on immigration. In his campaign rallies, Trump had said that he was on the ballot and made it a referendum on his nearly two years rule. The US President who headlined an unprecedented 50 rallies, 30 in the last two months alone, and has campaigned for dozens of candidates at all levels of government, according toWhite House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, watched the results come in with friends and family in the White House residence. “The President has energised a staggering number of Americans at packed arenas and in overflow crowds at rallies across the country,” Sanders said. Ayodhya celebrates the return of Lord Ram and Sita on Diwali. RAJU GUSAIN Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered prayers at the historic Kedarnath Temple in Ruderprayag district on Wednesday. The Prime Minister started his day in Uttarakhand by visiting remote Harsil area, in Uttarkashi district, and celebrated his Diwali with jawans of the Indian Army and ITBP Modi then vis. ited Kedarnath to perform Rudraabhishek and inspect the reconstruction work at the flash flood affected Mandakini Valley. The Prime Minister walked around the Kedarnath temple complex, where significant reconstruction works are in progress. He visited many reconstruction sites in the pilgrimage centre in an All Terrain Vehicle. The PM was in Kedarnath for about two hours. The Uttarakhand government officials briefed the Prime Minister about the progress of the works. Modi interacted briefly with people present at the temple complex. The Kedarnath Temple complex is currently the focus of a major development and reconstruction effort, following the severe flood and landslide that affected the region in 2013. Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated Diwali with jawans of the Indian Army and ITBP, at Harsil in Uttarakashi by offering them sweets. The visit was special, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said while interacting with the jawans. “Your devotion to duty in the remote icy heights, is enabling the strength of the nation, and securing the future and the dreams of 125 crore Indians. Diwali is the festival of lights; it spreads the light of goodness and dispels fear. Jawans, through their commitment and discipline, are also helping to spread the sense of security and fearlessness among the peo- INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE AYODHYA, 7 NOVEMBER Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said the Union government was working on “various options within the ambit of the Constitution to build a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya”. On the second day of his visit to the temple town of Ayodhya, the monk-politician prayed at the Hanumangarhi temple and declared that Ayodhya was the abode of “Ram Lalla” and that there “was a temple (at Ayodhya) and will always be there”. He also visited the makeshift Ram Lalla temple at the disputed site On the second day of his visit to the temple town of Ayodhya, Adityanath, the monk-politician prayed at the Hanumangarhi temple and declared that Ayodhya was the abode of ‘Ram Lalla’ where once stood the Babri mosque which was razed in 1992. Adityanath also met seers at the Digambar Akhara, visited the Saryu ghat, Sugreev Fort and met Mahant Nritya Gopal Das. The chief minister also inspected the site where a WASHINGTON, 7 NOVEMBER This handout photograph released by India's Press Information Bureau (PIB) on Wednesday shows Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Army personnel in Harsil. Yatra. The Prime Minister said India is taking great strides forward in the defence sector. He spoke of various measures being taken for welfare of ex-servicemen, including OROP (One Rank, One Pension). The Prime Minister 150 metre tall statue of Lord Ram would be installed on a 50 feet pedestal. “We have grand plans for Ayodhya and we are working in that direction” he later told reporters. He also announced that a shelter home for widows and orphaned children would be set up in Ayodhya. On Tuesday, the state government had rolled out a never-seen-before spectacle of lights on the ghats of the holy river Saryu where more than 3 lakh earthern lamps were lit up. The First Lady of South Korea was present at the event. US exempts India from Chabahar sanctions PRESS TRUST OF INDIA ple,” he said. The Prime Minister recalled that he has been visiting soldiers on Diwali, ever since he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat. He also spoke of his interactions with the Jawans of ITBP years ago when he was , part of the Kailash Mansarovar VARUN JOSHI Govt exploring ‘options’ for Ram temple: Adityanath PM celebrates Diwali with jawans NEW DELHI, 7 NOVEMBER TURN TO PAGE 5 P10 Democrats capture House in US midterms DEHRADUN, 7 NOVEMBER Dashing hopes of a cracker-free festivities, Delhi'ites chose to celebrate a noisy and hazy Diwali Wednesday with people in many areas bursting firecrackers beyond the 8 pm to 10 pm timeframe stipulated by the Supreme Court. Admitting “sporadic” breaches of the apex court order on bursting crackers beyond the time frame fixed by it, senior Delhi police officials said, “We are monitoring the situation.” “There have been sporadic cases of violations. In some areas, people have been found burning firecrackers beyond 8pm-10pm timeframe. The exact number of violation is yet to be ascertained. But, we will take strict action against them,” said an official. They said they are continuously patrolling the city to check for violations. The Supreme Court had allowed bursting firecrackers only between 8 pm and 10 pm on Diwali, while permitting manufacturing and sale of only “green crackers” with low emission of light, sound and smoke. The court had asked police to ensure that there is no sale of banned firecrackers and in case of any violation, the station house officers of the police stations concerned would be held “personally liable”. This would amount to committing the contempt of court, the apex court had warned. Some of the areas where the people were seen bursting crackers beyond the apex court-stipulated time P6 BARCA IN KNOCKOUT PHASE AS MALCOM HITS THE TARGET GOP retains Senate Outcome to intensify the political bitterness Max.67% TEMPERATURE KAMAL HAASAN SAYS READY FOR TN BYPOLLS AFP said that the Indian Armed Forces draw admiration and appreciation across the world, in UN peacekeeping operations. The Prime Minister also interacted with people from nearby areas who had gathered to greet him on Diwali. The United States has exempted India from imposition of certain sanctions for the development of the strategicallylocated Chabahar Port in Iran, along with the construction of the railway line connecting it with Afghanistan, a State Department spokesperson said. The decision by theTrump administration, which a day earlier imposed the toughest ever sanctions on Iran and is very restrictive in giving exemptions, is a seen as a recognition byWashington of India's major role in the development of the port on the Gulf of Oman, which is of immense strategic importance for the reconstruction of war-torn Afghanistan. “After extensive consideration, the Secretary (of State) has provided for an exception from imposition of certain sanctions under the Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act of 2012, with respect to the development of Chabahar Port, construction of an associated railway and for shipment of non-sanctionable goods through the port for Afghanistan's use, as well as the country's continued imports of Iranian petroleum products,”aStateDepartment spokesperson said. TheUSonMondayimposed “thetoughestever”sanctionson a defiant Iran aimed at altering theIranianregime's“behaviour” . However, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that eight countries, India, China, Italy, Greece, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey were temporarilyallowedtocontinuebuying Iranian oil as they showed“significant reduction” in oil purchase from the Persian Gulf country. Kohli stokes controversy with ‘leave India’ barb PRESS TRUST OF INDIA TWITTER TALK NEW DELHI, 7 NOVEMBER Virat Kohli has found himself embroiled in a controversy over his, “I don't think you should live in India” response to an enthusiast who called the skipper overrated while expressing his admiration for English and Australian batsmen. In a video that has gone viral for all the wrong reasons and available on his newly released app, Kohli was reading tweets and Instagrammessages before coming across an user, who said the Indian mainstay has nothing special in his batting. “Over-rated batsman and per- AKASH BANERJEE @akashbanerjee The latest blabbering by @imVkohli shouldn’t be taken too seriously. In the month of November, he tends to go off the rails. This is nothing compared to what he said 2 years ago. ?????? sonally I see nothing special in his batting. I enjoy watching English and Australian batsmen more than these Indians,” Kohli read out the cricket enthusiast's tweet. Far from being pleased with the fan's observation, Kohli responded, “Okay, I don't think you should live in India ANSAR ALAM @theansar ‘I’m @imVkohli, and my favourite cricketer is @hershybru.’~Virat Kohli(2008)~ CA VISHNU SHARMA @vishnukd2 Not a good gesture Mr captain @imVkohli . It’s not true sportsmanship @IExpressSports Don’t live in India if you love batsmen from other countries: #ViratKohli responds to fan then you should go and live somewhere else, no? Why are you living in our country and loving other countries? I don't mind you not liking me but I don't think you should live in our country and like other things. Get your priorities right.” Kohli launched his mobile app on his 30th birthday on November 5. His remarks did not go down well with the Twitterati who trolled him for making what they felt were unsavoury comments. A batsman par excellence with a plethora of records to his name, Kohli spent his birthday with wife Anushka Sharma in Haridwar. Recently, Kohli became the fastest batsman to score 10,000 ODI runs. The Indian captain achieved the milestone in just 205 innings, bettering Sachin Tendulkar's previous record of 259 innings. He was in red-hot form and finished the fivematch series as the top rungetter with 453 runs at an average of 151.00. He also slammed a hat-trick of centuries in the first three ODIs, another first for an Indian. Before the ODI series against the West Indies, he was very impressive on the England tour where he scored more than 500 runs even as his teammates struggled. Kohli was recently praised byWest Indies legend Brian Lara and former South Africa captain Graeme Smith for his insatiable hunger for success.
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