TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 04 DECEMBER 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P5 SENSEX 36,241.00 +46.70 WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Mist in the morning. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 27 and 9 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY P7 NIFTY 10,883.75 +7.00 ` vs $ 70.46 -88 PAISE Max: 27.4°C (+2) SUN RISES 06:59 hrs MOON RISES 4:49 hrs Min: 08.6°C (0) SUN SETS 17:24 hrs MOON SETS 15:36 hrs THUMBNAILS Yasir Shah shines: New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson hit a fighting half century while BJ Watling batted with patience to delay legspinner Yasir Shah's bid to become the fastest to 200 wickets on the first day of the third and final Test in Abu Dhabi on Monday. Yasir began his 33rd Test needing five wickets to become the fastest man to reach the mileP16 stone of 200 Test wickets. NGT slaps Rs 25 cr fine on Delhi govt: The National Green Tribunal Monday asked the Delhi government to deposit Rs 25 crore with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for their failure to curb the problem of pollution in the city. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel also asked the AAP government to furnish a performance guarantee of Rs 25 crore with the apex pollution monitoring body to ensure that there is no further lapse in P3 this regard. ‘Corridor opening not googly’: Attempting to do some damage control, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said Monday that the Kartarpur corridor's opening was not a googly but a straight-forward decision, contradicting his Foreign Minister's remarks that led to a war of words with his Indian counterpart. Union ministers Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Singh Puri along with Navjot Singh Sidhu attended the event in Pakistan. New finance secretary: A N Jha, Secretary, Expenditure, has been appointed as new Finance Secretary, a government order said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has cleared Jha's appointment after incumbent Hasmukh Adhia, a 1981-batch Gujarat cadre officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), retired on November 30. Jha, is a 1982-batch IAS officer of Manipur Tripura cadre. GOLD 29,610.00 +305.00 PM’s veiled attack over Nehru’s love for rose SILVER 36,500.00 +500.00 The tiny, energy-rich Arab nation of Qatar announced on Monday it would withdraw from OPEC, mixing its aspirations to increase production outside of the cartel's constraints with the politics of slighting the Saudi-dominated group amid the kingdom's boycott of Doha. The surprise announcement from Qatar's minister of state for energy affairs, Saad Sherida al-Kaabi, again throws into question the role of the cartel after needing non-members to push through a production cut in 2016 after prices crashed below USD 30 a barrel. It also marks the first time a BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 61.75 +2.29 Violence over alleged cow slaughter in UP Police inspector and a youth killed; mob torches police post, vehicles Launching a stinging attack on Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said a 'naamdar' (dynast) was claiming to know all about Hinduism when even saints and seers don't make such claims and he was just a “small kaamdar” (worker). Continuing with his attack on the Nehru-Gandhi family, Modi at an election rally here also alleged that the country's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru did nothing for restoration of Somnath Temple but had objected to the then president Rajendra Prasad's visit to the shrine after it got reconstructed by Sardar Patel despite protests. In poll-bound Rajasthan that will vote on December 7, Modi also referred to Nehru wearing a rose on his jacket, saying he knew about rose and the gardens but not about the farming because of which the farmer community had to face the hardships. He said the Congress needed to give an account of the rule by four generations of the Gandhi family. Taking a jibe at Rahul Gandhi, the prime minister said he is a small “kaamdar” (worker) who never claimed to have full knowledge of Hinduism but the “naamdar” (dynast) was doing so. Modi often refers to the Congress president as a “naamdar”. Recently, Gandhi had said in Udaipur that the PRESS TRUST OF INDIA BULANDSHAHR (UP), 3 DEC A “prime minister says he is a Hindu, but he doesn't understand (the) foundation of Hinduism. What kind of a Hindu is he?” Referring to Gandhi's statement, Modi asked people if they will vote on the basis of knowledge of the religion or on the basis of development of the state. He further said Hinduism and Hindutva are ancient ideologies that are so rich with knowledge and culture that he can never know the entire thing. “Even the saints and seers don't claim that they know completely about Hindutva. Only 'naamdar' can claim that but not a small 'kaamdar' like me,” Modi said. Stating that the country is today celebrating its first president's 134th birth anniversary, Modi alleged Nehru had objected to Prasad's visit for the consecration of Somnath temple, which was destroyed by foreign invaders and renovated by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. “At the time when Sardar Patel had shown determination for restoring the SomnathTemple in Gujarat, I want to ask what action Govt eyes `9K crore from Air India land, assets sale PRESS TRUST OF INDIA was taken by the first prime minister of the country. After Patel restored the temple despite protest, then prime minister strongly objected to first president Rajendra Prasad's visit to Gujarat,” Modi said. “He (Nehru) used to wear rose and had the knowledge of gardens but did not know about farmers or farming, due to which the community faced hardship,” Modi said without naming the first prime minister. He alleged that the Congress has become a university for spreading lies and those who lie more get new posts in the party. Rahul Gandhi, he asserted, has great capacity for speaking lies. “The Congress' dreams have been crushed in all states. This will happen in Rajasthan also,” he said. The opposition party thinks it can come to power because of the trend in Rajasthan of alternate parties forming the government but this will be proved wrong in the upcoming state elections, Modi said. “If the Congress believes that they will win this election on the basis of lies, they are highly mistaken’’. police inspector and a youth were killed on Monday as a rampaging mob protesting alleged illegal cow slaughter torched a police post here and clashed with police, which opened fire, officials said. Additional Director General (Meerut zone) Prashant Kumar said the protesters from Mahaw village and nearby areas pelted stones on the police and indulged in arson, setting ablaze several vehicles and Chingarwathi Police Chowki. Inspector Subodh Kumar, who was posted at the Siana Police Station, died in the violence, he said, but did not elaborate. Police also said a 20-year-old youth, identified as Sumit, died of gunshot wounds. As tension prevailed in the area following the violence that lasted nearly three hours, the Uttar Pradesh government deployed additional police, including over 1,000 personnel of anti-riot forces, and ordered multiple probes ~ by SIT, ADG-Intelligence ~ and a magisterial inquiry. Expressing grief over the incident, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who is in Rajasthan for election campaign, said strict action will be taken against the guilty after the probe reports are received. He also said financial assistance would be extended to the affect- COLOMBO, 3 DECEMBER The government expects to mop up about Rs 9,000 crore by selling off land and real estate properties of debt-laden Air India, an official said Monday. The sale of land, building and other realty assets is part of the government's plan to trim the Rs 55,000 crore debt burden of Air India as this will make the airline competitive and fetch a better valuation when the government plans strategic sale again. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley headed ministerial panel had last week approved transferring Rs 29,000 crore debt to a special purpose vehicle (SPV) -- Air India Asset Holding Company. The funds raised through sale of the properties would be used to reduce the Rs 29,000 crore debt, held in the SPV. “We are looking to raise about Rs 9,000 crore from sale of land and property assets of Air India. These include Airlines House in Bombay, realty property in Delhi'sVasantVihar and land in Baba Kharak Singh Marg, next to Connaught Place,” an official told PTI. Jet flights cancelled: Jet Airways cancelled at least 14 flights on Sunday after some of its pilots reported “sick” over non-payment of their dues, sources said. Cash-crunched Jet Airways has decided to do away with complimentary meals for economy class. ed persons. The Congress hit out at the chief minister saying he should first set his own house in order before“gallivanting” around the country for election campaign. Giving details of the incident, ADG Law and Order Anand Kumar said in Lucknow that trouble started after villagers found some body parts of cows in a jungle in Mahaw village. “This morning carcasses of the cows were found dumped in a forest area outside the village. Activists of right-wing organisations soon gathered at the spot Court bars Rajapaksa from acting as PM AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 3 DECEMBER Policemen gather outside a police station following reports of mob violence at Chingravati village in Bulandshahr on Monday. (R) An injured policeman undergoing treatment at a hospital. While a police inspector was killed, a policeman was injured when a rampaging mob torched a police post and AFP clashed with cops. A Sri Lankan court on Monday barred Mahinda Rajapaksa from acting as Prime Minister, in a major setback to President Maithripala Sirisena who installed him after sacking premier Ranil Wickremesinghe that triggered a major constitutional crisis in the country. The Court of Appeal temporary halted Rajapaksa and his Cabinet from functioning in their positions in response to a case filed by 122 legislators against his disputed government. The court set the hearing of the case for December 12 and 13. “According to the interim relief, Rajapaksa and his disputed government have been prevented from acting as Prime Minister, cabinet and deputy ministers,” said a lawyer, who was present at the hearing. He said that the court was of the opinion that ”irreparable damage” could be caused if persons not entitled to do so sit as prime minister and cabinet ministers. Reacting to the court ruling, Wickremesinghe said, “The triumph of democratic institutions over the whims of individuals is the legacy of the good governance agenda. “We will continue to defend the sovereignty of our citizens and we stand ready to face elections in a legitimate manner in line with the constitution,” he tweeted. Rajapaksa also reacted by saying that he would appeal to the Supreme Court on Tuesday against the Appeal Court's interim order. “We will not agree with the interim order issued by the Court of Appeal today suspending the Cabinet.We will appeal to the Supreme Court first thing tomorrow against it, a release from Rajapaksa said. SEE PAGE 13 Qatar to pull out of OPEC amid Saudi tension DUBAI, 3 DECEMBER P16 JODHPUR, 3 DECEMBER Min. 34% PRESS TRUST OF INDIA ASHWIN WILL DO BETTER AGAINST OZ, SAYS PUJARA P12 SNS & PTI Max.95% TEMPERATURE SANDERS EYES BIG IN 2020 POLLS ‘NIZAM’ BARB BY YOGI: OWAISI RETURNS FIRE DALAI’S FORMULA FOR PEACE Mideast nation has left the cartel since its founding in 1960. In a statement, al-Kaabi said Qatar, the world's largest exporter of liquified natural gas, planned to increase its exports from 77 million tons of gas per year to 110 million tons. He also said Qatar wants to raise its oil production from 4.8 million barrels of oil equivalent a day to 6.5 million barrels. “In light of such efforts and plans, and in our pursuit to strengthen Qatar's position as a reliable and trustworthy energy supplier across the globe, we had to take steps to review Qatar's role and contributions on the international energy scene,” al-Kaabi said in a statement. There was no immediate comment from Vienna-based OPEC, which is to meet this month and discuss possible production cuts. In November, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said OPEC and allied oil-producing countries will likely need to cut crude supplies, perhaps by as much as 1 million barrels of oil a day, to rebalance the market. Qatar, a country of 2.6 million people where citizens make up over 10 per cent of the population, discovered the offshore North Field in 1971, the same year it became independent. It took years for engineers to discover the field's vast reserves, which shot Qatar to No 3 in world rankings, behind Russia and Iran, with which it shares the North Field. It's also made the country fantastically wealthy, sparking its successful bid for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Qatar's wealth also has seen it take on a larger importance in international politics. Its political stances have drawn the ire of its neighbours, particularly Saudi Arabia, OPEC's largest exporter. In June 2017, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates cut ties to Qatar in a political dispute that continues to this day. They also launched an economic boycott, stopping Qatar Airways flights from using their airspace, closing off the small country's sole land border with Saudi Arabia and blocking its ships from using their ports.They say the crisis stems from Qatar's support for extremist groups in the region, charges denied by Doha. The four nations have also pointed to Qatar's close relationship with Iran, with which its massive offshore gas field. Qatar restored full diplomatic ties to Iran amid the dispute. OPEC, or the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, was formed in 1960 as a reaction to Western domination of the oil industry. Qatar was the first nation outside of its founding members to join the cartel, entering its ranks in 1961. and alleged that people of a community were indulging in cow slaughter,” he said. Angry villagers and members of various Hindu groups brought the animal remains in tractortrolley to the Chingarwathi Police Chowki and demanded action against the culprits. They raised slogans against the police administration and blocked the Bulandshahr-Garh State Highway. Bulandshahr District Magistrate Anuj Kumar Jha, Sub-divisional Magistrate Avinash Kumar Maurya and other senior offi- cials tried to reason with the protestors but they refused to budge. The protesters soon turned violent, pelting stones on policemen and indulging in arson, Jha said, adding that police had to fire gunshots in selfdefence. Kumar said the UP government acted swiftly and ordered an SIT probe, besides an inquiry by the ADG intelligence and a magisterial probe. He said that additional reinforcements have been rushed to the spot of violence, and described the situation as under control. “Police inspector Subodh Kumar died in hospital during treatment after being hit by a blunt object, probably stone,” he said. Amid reports that the cop was lynched, the ADG said the exact reason for his death will be known after a post-mortem and the inquiry by the ADG-intelligence who has been asked to submit a report in 48 hours. The ADG said that security has been bolstered in the area with 500 personnel of Rapid Action Force and 600 personnel of Provincial Armed Constabulary. DM Jha said, “Some people took the bodies of the animals and tried to block the road. The policemen were attacked when they tried to get the road opened.” Meanwhile, mobile footage from the area, shot by onlookers, showed young men attacking policemen with stones. ‘Collector’s report on strongroom blackout baseless’ Electricity officials rubbished the collector’s report blaming power failure for blackout in a strongroom GAURAV CHANDRA BHOPAL, 3 DECEMBER Reacting to the Bhopal Collector Sudam Khade’s report to the Election Commission of India (EC) mentioning that “power failure in the area” was the reason behind the blackout in a strong room where EVMs are stored, officials of the MP Central Region Power Distribution Company (MPCRPDC) have rubbished the Collector’s version saying electricity supply was not at all interrupted from the power company during the said period. “There was absolutely no power cut in that area from the power company and electricity supply from our side remained uninterrupted,” MPCRPDC Bhopal City Circle South Division Deputy General Manager (DGM) Zahid Khan told The Statesman on Monday. “I have personally verified all power supply data and logs of the said period on 30 November and there was no power cut from the power company,” Khan asserted. “In fact, power is being supplied to the strong room in Central Jail premises housing the EVMs through two separate feeders. So there is no chance of power failure there,” Khan pointed out. Bhopal Collector Sudam Khade had submitted his report to the EC over the matter a day ago. Based on his report, the EC had issued a statement, which said, “A report obtained from the Bhopal Collector states that CCTV cameras and an LED display installed outside the strong room did not function from 8.19 AM to 9.35 AM on 30 November 2018 due to the failure of electricity supply. Because of this, the recording could not be done during the given time period. An additional LED screen, an inverter and a generator have been installed in order to ensure continuous electricity supply.” A major controversy erupted over the power failure for over an hour in the strong room located in the Old Jail premises in Bhopal on the morning of 30 November and the Congress lodged a formal complaint with the EC. The AAP also alleged that the power failure was part of ‘a larger conspiracy’. The counting of votes and announcement of results for the 28 NovemberAssembly polls in MP will take place on 11 December.
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