SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 25 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 SHERLOCK HOLMES CERTAINLY NEEDS TO ADAPT CONTINUOUSLY AND REDEFINE HIS LIFESTYLE AS WELL THE INDIAN AIR FORCE CELEBRATED ITS 86TH ANNIVERSARY RECENTLY WITH A GRAND PARADE P1 Mainly clear sky. Shallow fog in the morning. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 28 and 11 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.74% Min. 29% Max: 27.9°C (+1) SUN RISES 06:52 hrs MOON RISES 19:34 hrs Min: 13.4°C (+2) SUN SETS 17:25 hrs MOON SETS 09:46 hrs TEMPERATURE THUMBNAILS Taiwan's president quits party leadership after polls setback: Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen (pic) quit as leader of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party on Saturday after it suffered defeats in mid-term polls, a significant blow to her prospects for re-election in 2020. The Opposition made gains in the P7 face of China's pressure on the island. FM says govt doesn’t need extra funds from RBI: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said the government does not need any extra funds from the Reserve Bank or any other institution to meet the fiscal deficit target. However, he added that extra funds can always be used for poverty alleviation programmes over P14 the years by future governments. A new high for Mary Kom hit show Sixth gold for boxer in history of women’s world championship, beats Ukraine’s Okhota 5-0 in 48 kg category, Chahal gets silver SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 24 NOVEMBER I ndia's M C Mary Kom won a historic sixth gold in the World Championships here Saturday, the mother-ofthree doing, without breaking a sweat, what no other woman boxer has done or known before. Moments after Mary Kom became the most successful boxer in the history of women's world championships by beating Ukraine's Hanna Okhota in a unanimous 5-0 verdict in the 48kg category summit bout, young Sonia Chahal settled for a silver medal after losing her final. The Olympic bronze medallist came into the all-important bout, whichcoincided with her 36th birthday, optimistic of adding to her five world championships titles, and, without an iota of doubt, she Mary Kom with her gold medal after winning the final match of women’s light flyweight 45-48 kg against Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota at AIBA Women’s SUBRATA DUTTA walked the talk against World Boxing Championships,in the Capital on Saturday. Okhota in front of a packed K D Jhadav Stadium. bronze) on the number of Kom broke down after comThe feisty Manipuri now medals won by a woman. ing out of the ring as she has an incredible six gold With this, 'Magnificent went around to greet the and one silver in the show- Mary' also matched Cuban packed crowd and the piece, the last yellow metal legend Felix Savon as the assembled officials. coming in 2010 in joint most successful pugilist Wrapped in the tri-colour, Bridgetown. (men and women) in the she thanked her fans for their “unstinted” support. The results read 30-27, Championships history. “I am a little bit emo29-28, 29-28, 30-27, 30-27 The feisty Manipuri, a in favour of Mary Kom who mother of three children, tional today. There is no had beaten the opponent won a silver in the inaugural (48kg) weight category in MARY KOM in a tournament in Poland edition in 2001 and then the Olympic Games. went on to win a gold each Because of your love and this year. Before thisWorld Cham- in the next five editions -- support, I feel I will be able Rio. I am still suffering from ver and 2 bronze -- from ance ever was the eight Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) medals, including four gold, pionships, Mary Kom was 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008 and to qualify for 2020 Tokyo that,” she said. Olympics. Four years ago, India ended the cham- and Simranjit Kaur (64kg). it won in 2006 in New Delhi. tied with Ireland's Katie 2010. India's best perform“Thank you for your Overwhelmed, Mary I was not able to qualify for pionships with 1 gold, 1 silTaylor (five gold and a ‘ I dedicate this gold to the nation and my coun trymen. Thank you for your love and support. I know it will be a bit difficult for me to win a gold in Tokyo as I will have to fight in 51 kg. I am still dreaming of winning the gold in 2020 Olympics ~ Modi targets Nehru-Gandhi family, Rahul hits back in M.P. 30 killed as bus falls into K’taka canal PRESS TRUST OF INDIA BENGALURU, 24 NOVEMBER MANDSAUR (MP), 24 NOVEMBER Prime Minister Narendra Modi targeted the Nehru-Gandhi family on Saturday, saying farmers would not have been “ruined” had Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel been the country's first prime minister. Addressing a rally here in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh, he blamed the Congress-led governments of the past for the agrarian crisis. “Generations of farmers have suffered due to the sins and wrong policies of the Congress, but now, our governments are being defamed,” Modi told the gathering. “The farmers in India would not have been ruined under the Congress's 55-year rule, had Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel been the country's first prime minister. “It is true that we need some time to correct the mistakes of five-six decades. I have just got four years. Even if I get half the time they had, I will bring about a drastic change,” he said. Modi also accused the Congress of making false promises and raised questions over late prime minister Indira Gandhi's “Garibi Hatao” (remove poverty) slogan. The prime minister's comments came in the backdrop of Congress president Rahul Gandhi accusing the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of “making false promises” to people during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. “The grandmother of 'namdaar' (Rahul Gandhi), Shrimati Indira Gandhi, was the prime minister of the country. Didn't she give the slogan to remove poverty 40 years ago?” ‘ WEATHER P 10 “Tell me honestly, has poverty been eradicated?Wasn't this a false promise? Were those who made the promise not liars?,” he asked the gathering. Modi also said the move to nationalise banks did not benefit the poor as was claimed by the Indira Gandhi regime. Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said Modi betrayed the people, claiming that he had not fulfilled promises of providing two crore jobs every year and “depositing” Rs 15 lakh in their bank accounts.Gandhi addressed election rallies at Sagar, Damoh and Tikamgarh in the Bundelkhand region of poll-bound Madhya Pradesh. The state goes to polls on November 28. At least 30 passengers, most of them women and children, were killed when a speeding private bus in which they were travelling plunged into a canal in Karnataka's Mandya district on Saturday, officials said. The bus, which was moving on a road along the VC canal at Kanaganamaradi, 105 km South-West of Bengaluru, swerved and toppled into it, completely submerging the vehicle and killing the victims instantaneously, officials said. Police said 30 bodies have been recovered and two people were rescued. Among those killed were eight men, 13 women and nine children, they said. Preliminary reports suggested that negligence on the part of the driver may have caused the accident, officialssaid. The fate of the driver and conductor was not PTI known. The diligence with which Mary Kom had pursued sports and excelled at the world stage was extremely inspiring. Her win is truly special. NARENDRA MODI PRIME MINISTER Congratulations Mary Kom for winning a record sixth world title. We are proud of your golden achievement at the Women’s World Boxing Championships MAMATA BANERJEE WEST BENGAL CHIEF MINISTER love and support. I don't have anything to give except for a gold in the country. I know it will be a bit difficult for me to win a gold in Tokyo as I will have to fight in 51kg. “Because of their reach, the taller boxers (who will be in 51kg) will have advantage. But I am still dreaming about winning the gold in 2020 Olympics.” She thanked the coaches who taught her throughout and the current Indian support staff. “I dedicate this gold to the nation and my countrymen.” A packed crowd waited for Mary Kom to come out in the first final of the day. The Indian straightaway went into the ring and had her small prayer in the blue corner. Kartarpur corridor: Swaraj invited to Pak; Badal, Puri to represent India PRESS TRUST OF INDIA ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI, 24 NOV Pakistan has invited External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to visit the country to attend the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor next week, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Saturday. A long-pending demand of the Sikh community to build a religious corridor linking India's border district of Gurdaspur with a historic gurudwara in Pakistan may finally be fulfilled with both the countries announcing that stretches would be developed in their respective areas. “On behalf of Pakistan I have extended an invitation to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Capt Amarinder Singh and Navjot Singh Sidhu to attend the groundbreaking ceremony at Kartarpura on Nov 28, 2018,” Qureshi tweeted. In a letter to Qureshi, Swaraj thanked him for the invite and said she was unable to travel to Kartarpur Sahib due to prior commitments including election campaign in Telangana and that India will be represented at the ceremony by Union Ministers Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Singh Puri. Swaraj also hoped that the government of Pakistan will expedite the construction of the corridor in order to ensure that “our citizens can pay their respects at the Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib using the corridor as soon as possible.” Prime Minister Imran Khan will inaugurate the groundbreaking ceremony of the facilities on the Pakistani side on November 28. The move to open the corridor could break the chill in bilateral ties. The India-Pakistan ties nose-dived in recent years with no bilateral talks taking place. The ties between the two countries had strained after the terror attacks by Pakistanbased groups in 2016. India called off a meeting between Swaraj and Qureshi on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York in September, citing the “brutal” killing of three policemen in Jammu and Kashmir and the release of the postal stamps “glorifying” Kashmiri militant Burhan Wani. Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday hoped that the Kartarpur corridor would act as a bridge between the peoples of India and Pakistan that might lead to a better future as he referred to the fall of the Berlin Wall to underline the importance of people-to-people contact. Pakistan Foreign Office Friday said the “Kartarpur Spirit can be a step forward in the right direction from conflict to cooperation, animosity to peace and enmity to friendship.” TURN TO PAGE 4 Ayodhya turns into fortress on eve of Dharam Sabha PRESS TRUST OF INDIA AYODHYA, 24 NOVEMBER A day before the Dharam Sabha called by the Vishva Hindu Parishad, Ayodhya was virtually turned into a fortress with multiple layers of security and deployment of drones to keep an eye on possible mischief-mongers. A UP Police spokesperson said one additional DGP one , deputy inspector general (DIG), three senior superintendents of police (SSPs), 10 additional SPs, 21 deputy SPs, 160 inspectors, 700 constables, 42 companies of PAC, five companies of RAF, ATS commandos and drones were deployed here. When contacted, Ayodhya mayor Rishikesh Upadhyay told PTI that adequate security arrangements were made by the police and district administration in the town, located 120 km from state capital, Lucknow. “As many as 13 parking slots have been provided for the event. No permission was given to the Shiv Sena by the government to hold a rally,” the mayor said. Despite a slight chill in the air, the temple town seems to be reeling under the political heat generated by the 'Dharam Sabha', being held to call for the construction of a grand temple for Lord Ram here. A pamphlet recently released by the VHP raises the pitch for its construction. It reads “Saugandh Ram ki khaate hai, hum mandir bhavya banayenge (We pledge in the name of Lord Ram that we will build a grand temple for him)” and urges devotees to be a part of the movement. Vishva Hindu Parishad was founded on August 29, 1964 on the auspicious day of Shri Krishna Janmasthami. Its objective is to organise, consolidate the Hindu society and serve, protect the Hindu Dharma. The organisers of the Dharam Sabha claim the more than 3 lakh devotees of Lord Ram were likely to arrive for the programme this Sunday. VHP media in-charge Ambuj Ojha said, “After staying in a 'taat' (tent), Lord Ram is expecting a revival of bravado among his devotees. The moment has come. The temple must be built where Ram Lalla is currently seated. Also, there should not be any mosque in the cultural boundary of Ayodhya.” On November 18, the VHP had organised a motorcycle rally in different parts of Lucknow in this regard. Praant Sangathan mantra (Awadh) of VHP Bholendra in a written statement said this was the final Dharam Sabha for construction of Ram temple. “After this, no more Dharam Sabhas will be held and the construction of the temple will commence,” he said. The Supreme Court on November 12 had declined early hearing of petitions in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case. SEE ALSO PAGE 6 Govt has to bring in law on temple, says VHP STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 24 NOVEMBER A day before the slated Dharam Sansad in Ayodhya on the issue of construction of Ram temple, theVishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Saturday said the BJPled NDA government had no option but to bring in necessary legislation in the coming winter session of Parliament and clear the decks for construction of a 'majestic' Ram temple in Ayodhya by 31 January 2019. "Tomorrow's dharam sansad is going to be a tame affair. It will broadly discuss the plans to further carry on the campaign to contact 543 members of Parliament comprising all the political parties A VHP leader said the government at the Centre can no longer keep Hindus waiting for the Ram temple in Ayodhya. and to request them to rally behind the saints' demand for temple and facilitate passage of a bill on temple construction during the winter session of Parliament,"VHP leader and spokesman Vinod Bansal told The Statesman here. Bansal said the VHP and saints associated with it had set a deadline of meeting all the parliamentarians before 6 December, anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid. The VHP has lined up a big conclave of saints and Hindu religious leaders on 9 December in Delhi's Ram Lila Maidan. "We will appeal to all the members of Parliament to join the event for ensuring a smooth launch of construction of temple in Ayodhya." he said. TheVHP leader said the government at the Centre could no longer keep Hindus waiting for the temple. "This winter the government will have to enact a legislation on temple. Bansal said he was hopeful the government would heed the religious sentiments of the majority Hindu community in the country and facilitate an early beginning of construction of Ram temple.
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