SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 25 NOVEMBER 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 20 | `5.00 |LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR SHERLOCK HOLMES NEEDS TO ADAPT CONTINUOUSLY WITH CHANGING LIFESTYLES AND SOCIAL VALUES THE IAF CELEBRATED ITS 86TH ANNIV WITH A GRAND PARADE-INVESTITURE CEREMONY THAT INCLUDED A DISPLAY BY SUPERSONIC COMBAT AIRCRAFT A new high for Mary Kom hit show WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Max and min temp to be around 29/17 degrees Celsius, resp. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY TEMPERATURE SNS & PTI The diligence with which Mary Kom had pursued sports and excelled at the world stage was extremely inspiring. Her win is truly special. NEW DELHI, 24 NOVEMBER Min. 37% Max: 28.6°C (-1) Min: 17.0°C (-1) SUN SETS SUN RISES 16:51 hrs 05:56 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 19:00 hrs 07:45 hrs Next quarter of moon on 4 December 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 P10 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 P8 the years by future governments. ndia's M C Mary Kom won a historic sixth gold in the World Championships here on 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 an 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 walked the talk against Okhota in front of a packed K D Jhadav Stadium. The feisty Manipuri now has an incredible six gold and one silver in the showpiece, the last yellow metal coming in 2010 in Bridgetown. The results read 30-27, 29-28, 29-28, 30-27, 30-27 in favour of Mary Kom who had beaten the opponent in a tournament in Poland this year. Before this World Championships, Mary Kom was tied with Ireland's Katie Taylor (five gold and a I 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 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 Womens World Boxing Championships,,in the capital on Saturday. SUBRATA DUTTA. bronze) on the number of medals won by a woman. With this, 'Magnificent Mary' also matched Cuban legend Felix Savon as the joint most successful pugilist (men and women) in the Championships history. The feisty Manipuri, a mother of three children, won a silver in the inaugural edition in 2001 and then went on to win a gold each in the next five editions -2002, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010. Overwhelmed, Mary Modi targets Nehru-Gandhi family, Rahul hits back SNS & PTI Kom broke down after coming out of the ring as she went around to greet the packed crowd and the assembled officials. Wrapped in the tri-colour, she thanked her fans for their “unstinted” support. “I am a little bit emotional today. There is no (48kg) weight category in the Olympic Games. Because of your love and support, I feel I will be able to qualify for 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Four years ago, I was not able to qualify for 30 killed as bus falls into K’taka canal BENGALURU, 24 NOVEMBER MANDSAUR (MP), 24 NOVEMBER Prime Minister Narendra Modi targeted the NehruGandhi 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?” “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, officials said. The fate of the driver and conductor was PTI not known. ‘ ‘ Max.87% Sixth gold for boxer in history of women’s world championship, beats Ukraine’s Okhota 5-0 in 48 kg category, Chahal gets silver 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 ~ MARY KOM Rio. I am still suffering from that,” she said. India ended the championships with 1 gold, 1 sil- ver and 2 bronze -- from Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) and Simranjit Kaur (64kg). India's best perform- ance ever was the eight medals, including four gold, it won in 2006 in New Delhi. “Thank you for your 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: Sushma invited PRESS TRUST OF INDIA ISLAMABAD, 24 NOVEMBER 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. Prime Minister Imran Khan will inaugurate the groundbreaking ceremony of the facilities on the Pakistani side on November 28. Apart from Swaraj, Qureshi also invited Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu to the ceremony. “On behalf of Pakistan I have extended an invitation to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Capt Amarinder Singh & Navjot Singh Sidhu to attend the groundbreaking ceremony at Kartarpura on Nov 28, 2018,” Qureshi tweeted. Official sources said that proper invitation letters were also dispatched to them. There was no immediate response from New Delhi. Amarinder Singh has invited Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, the Speaker of the Assembly in Pakistan's Punjab province, to attend a similar ceremony on the Indian side on November 26, according to officials. If Swaraj accepts the invitation, it 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 on 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 on 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.” Singh Sidhu to attend the groundbreaking ceremony at Kartarpura on Nov 28, 2018,” Qureshi tweeted. Official sources said that proper invitation letters were also dispatched to them. India's Cabinet cleared a proposal on Thursday to develop a corridor from Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab's Gurdaspur district to the International Border to facilitate Indian pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur. PTI adds from Delhi: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu will lay the foundation stone for construction of the road corridor up to international border with Pakistan. Ayodhya turns into fortress on eve of ‘Dharam Sabha’ PRESS TRUST OF INDIA AYODHYA, 24 NOVEMBER Arriving here ahead of Sunday's VHP rally for a Ram temple, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray asked the Narendra Modi government to wake up from a Kumbhakarna-like slumber and declare the date for its construction. I have come here to awaken the Kumbhakarna, he said on Saturday, indirectly comparing Modi, or his government, to the Ramayana character known for sleeping for months at a stretch. Today's Kumbhakarna has been sleeping for the past four years,” he said. The town turned into a virtual fortress with multiple layers of security and deployment of drones as people began arriving here for Sun- day's 'Dharam Sabha', being organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad to push for the construction of the Ram temple. The Sena leader is also urging the government to bring legislation or an ordinance for building the temple on the disputed site in Ayodhya, but he has not linked his own two-day visit to the VHP event. The VHP claimed three lakh people, including seers, will attend its public meeting, which has triggered some apprehension over the safety of the town's Muslim community. Samajwadi Party and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav said the Army should be deployed in Ayodhya, if needed, to maintain law and order. All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) Zafaryab Jilani said Muslims in Ayodhya are terrified ahead of the VHP meeting. No untoward incident was reported on Saturday and the police assured that strict security arrangements are in place. Thackeray said his party will support any legislation or ordinance for the Ram Mandir, which Hindutva organisa- tions want to be constructed at the site where the Babari Masjid was demolished in 1992. Days, months, years and generations have passed, the Sena leader said on what he described as his first visit to the town to seek darshan' of Ram Lalla. “Mandir wahin baneyange, par date nahin batayenge (You say you will make the temple there, but won't tell the date), he said. First say when you will construct the temple, the rest we will talk later, he said in what sounded like a dare to the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government. He said bringing a law on the temple's construction may have been difficult during Atal Bihari Vajpayee's term as it was a coalition government then. But the current government is strong, and the BJP is in power both at the Centre and in the state. Bring an ordinance or law, the Shiv Sena will support it,’’ he said. The Sena chief said he did not want to take the credit for the temple's construction, and others were free to do so. More reports on P5 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 BJP-led 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 Babari 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. The VHP leader said the government at the Centre can no longer keep Hindus waiting for the temple. “This winter the government will have to enact 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 the Ram temple.
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