SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 24 FEBRUARY 2019 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 20 | `5.00 |LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR — EVERYBODY’S FAVOURITE NURSERY RHYME WAS PUBLISHED IN 1806 BY JANE TAYLOR AT VAYU SHAKTI 2019, OUR AIR WARRIORS SHOWCASED HOW WELL-PREPARED THEY ARE TO THWART ATTACKS WEATHER Partly cloudy sky with mist/fog likely. Maximum and minimum temp likely to be around 33/22 degrees Celsius, resp. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.84% TEMPERATURE PM: Our fight is against terrorists, not Kashmiris Tension grips Kashmir as govt launches crackdown on separatists, arrests 150 people Min. 39% PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Max: 33.6°C (+3) Min: 22.0°C (+3) SUN SETS SUN RISES 17:38 hrs 06:02 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 22:33 hrs 09:32hrs Next quarter of moon on 4 March THUMBNAILS Members of the Naga Students Union hold placards as they raise slogans demanding an immediate Indo-Naga solution during a protest march from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar, in the Capital on Saturday. RITIK JAIN Assam hooch tragedy toll 85: The hooch tragedy in Assam's Jorhat and Golaghat districts claimed 85 lives till Saturday while 340 people were undergoing treatment in hospitals, officials said. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal met the affected at Jorhat Medical College Hospital (JMCH) and announced an exgratia payment of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of each of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to P9 those who fell ill. Air India gets hijack threat call: Air India's Mumbai control centre on Saturday received a phone call threatening to hijack its plane, following which Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) ordered all airlines and CISF to follow specific enhanced measures to ensure security, according to an official note. The measures are strict access control to regulate entry to terminal building, airside, all operational area and other aviation facilities TONK (RAJASTHAN), 23 FEB rime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said India's fight is against terrorism and not against the Kashmiris even as he vowed again to settle the score with Pakistan over the Pulwama attack. Have faith in the Army and in the Modi government, he said here at a rally where he also seemed to refer to the reported harassment of Kashmiris after the car bomb attack that killed 40 CRPF jawans. Modi accused Imran Khan of not living up to the assertions he made soon after becoming Pakistan's prime minister, and also indirectly charged the Congress-led government in 2008 of not acting against that country after the Mumbai terror attack. He referred to the mood of veer ras (bravery and heroism) in the country after the Pulwama attack, particularly mentioning social media. But our fight is against terrorism, against the enemies of humanity. Our fight is for Kashmir, not against Kashmir, not against the Kashmiris, he added. He said the Kashmiri youths are also troubled by terrorism and are ready to fight against them. We need to keep them with us. He P Indo-Americans protest the Pulwama terror strike. Near the Pakistan Consulate in NY. said the Kashmiri people take care of Amarnath pilgrims. A year back, there was firing on Amarnath pilgrims and Kashmiri Muslim people had lined up for donating blood and to protect lives,” he said. “If we want to win the fight, we should not make mistakes. A terrorist is a terrorist and the Kashmiri people are also facing trouble due to terrorism,” he said, accusing the previous governments of not fulfilling their aspirations. Tension mounted in Kashmir on Saturday as the government launched a massive crackdown on separatists and detained over 150 people, mainly from the Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu Chandela shoots gold with world record Centre’s advisory to states on safety of Kashmiris: Concerned at the reports of assaults on people belonging to Kashmir, especially students, in different parts of the country, in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack, the Home Ministry has issued a fresh advisory to state governments to take steps for the safety and security of Kashmiris. The Home Ministry had issued its first advisory on 16 February after the terror incident on 14 February. s Kejriwal hunger-strike for Delhi statehood: Raising the pitch on the issue of statehood for Delhi ahead of Lok Sabha polls, CM Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said in the Assembly that he will launch an indefinite hunger-strike from March 1 to press the demand, terming it “aarpaar ki ladai” (final battle). The Assembly adopted a resolution demanding necessary legal and legislative steps to declare Delhi a “full-fledged” state without any further delay. Tejas the real hero, says Sindhu: Ace Indian shuttler P V Sindhu wore yet another feather in her cap by becoming the first woman to fly in the indigenously built Light Combat Aircraft Tejas at the Aero India show here Saturday and described it as the 'real hero.' “I am very happy about being the first woman to fly the Tejas. This day is dedicated for women. Hence I will remember this day forever,” she told reporters afer the 40 minute sortie. Gold-medallist Indian shooter Apurvi Chandela poses during the medal ceremony after winning the final of women’s 10m Air Rifle during the ISSF World Cup Rifle/Pistol, at Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range in Delhi on Saturday. SNS AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 23 FEBRUARY India's Apurvi Chandela shattered the world record on her way to the women's 10m air rifle gold with an incredible sequence of scores that never dropped below 10 in the ISSF World Cup here Saturday. Producing her finest performance, the 26-yearold Chandela shot 252.9 to win the top prize on day one of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) competitions, at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range. China's Ruozhu Zhao bagged silver with 251.8 while another Chinese, Hong Xu (230.4), finished the tournament's first final with a bronze. Zhao held the previous world record with 252.4, which she shot at the World Cup in Changwon, Korea last April. Iss baar hisaab hoga, hisaab poora hoga. We will not sit quiet after suffering this pain. We know how to crush terrorism. Imran Khan has failed to live up to the promises he made after becoming Pak PM. The situation between India and Pakistan is very dangerous after the Pulwama terror attack. I can understand New Delhi’s desire for something very strong as it has lost 50 people. NARENDRA MODI DONALD TRUMP PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA US PRESIDENT and Kashmir, including its chief Abdul Hamid Fayaz, ahead of a hearing in the Supreme Court on Article 35-A of the Constitution. Though police termed the action as routine saying that leaders and potential stone pelters have been picked up in the past, officials privy to the development said this was the first major crackdown on the Jamaat-e-Islami. Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq condemned JKLF chief Yasin Malik's detention and the crackdown on the Jamaat-e-Islami leadership, saying force and intimidation will only worsen the situation. Police swooped on Jamaat-e-Islami members in Kashmir during the intervening night of Friday and Saturday, and detained around two dozen of its cadres, including its chief Abdul Hamid Fayaz, hours after JKLF chief Yasin Malik was detained. The Centre, meanwhile, airlifted 100 companies consisting of about 10,000 paramilitary personnel to Kashmir. Meanwhile, Pakistan information minister Fawad Chaudhry called Indian media reports of the Pakistan government taking administrative control of the headquarters of JeM "fabricated", claiming that the facility was a madrasa where students receive education and the action had nothing to do with the Kashmir suicide bombing. His comments came after the country's interior ministry on Friday announced that the Punjab province's government took administrative control of a mosque-and-seminary complex in Bahawalpur area which is believed to be the headquarters of Masood Azhar's JeM. NEW DELHI, 23 FEBRUARY Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Sunday launch the Rs 75,000-crore Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PMKISAN) scheme in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, by transferring the first instalment of Rs 2,000 each to over one crore farmers, a senior agriculture ministry official said. Another one crore farmers will be covered in the next 23 days, the official said. In the interim Budget 201920, the Central government had announced the PM-KISAN scheme under which Rs 6,000 per year will be given in three instalments to 12 crore small and marginal farmers holding cultivable land up to two hectares. The scheme has been made effective from this fiscal itself and as a result, farmers would get one instalment before March-end. This programme is part of the government's effort to address farm sector distress, caused by lower sales realisation on bumper production of foodgrains, oilseeds, sugarcane, cotton and horticulture crops. “To provide an assured income support to the small and marginal farmers, the government is launching the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN),” the Union agriculture ministry said in an official statement on Saturday. The ministry in its statement did not mention the number of farmers who will get their first instalment of Rs 2,000 on Sunday. However, the senior official said over one crore farmers from 14 states, including UP and Karnataka, will get their first instalment on Sunday and one crore more ben- ASHOK TUTEJA NEW DELHI, 23 FEBRUARY In a significant development following the Pulwama attack, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has for the first time invited External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj as the 'Guest of Honour' to the 46th session of its Council of Foreign Ministers to be held in Abu Dhabi (UAE) on 1-2 March. The OIC is a forum which has invariably been misused by Pakistan to slam India on the Jammu and Kashmir issue. India, which is not a member of the body, has always rejected its criticism by the OIC by pointing out that the bloc has no locus standi on its internal matters. The OIC is the second largest inter-governmental organisation after the UN with a membership of 57 states spread over four continents and a population of more than 1.8 billion. The External Affairs Ministry said Swaraj has been personally invited by her UAE counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan to address the inaugural plenary of the meeting. Thanking the UAE leadership, the ministry said: ''We see this invitation as the desire of the enlightened leadership of the UAE to go beyond our rapidly grow- ing close bilateral ties and forge a true multi-faceted partnership at the multilateral and international level.'' It said India also saw this invitation as a milestone in its comprehensive strategic partnership with the UAE. ''We also see this invitation as a welcome recognition of the presence of 185 million Muslims in India and of their contribution to its pluralistic ethos, and of India’s contribution to the Islamic world,'' it added. In her address at the meeting, Swaraj is expected to highlight the pluralistic character of Indian society in which the minorities continued to play a critical role in the nation's overall development. She is also likely to speak about Pakistan's continued support to cross-border terrorism in India by highlighting Islamabad's involvement in various terror attacks in India, including last week's Pulwama attack. 300 cars burnt in fire at Aero Show parking STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE BENGALURU, 23 FEBRUARY Over 300 cars were gutted at Aero India’s visitors’ car parking area following a sudden fire that broke out around 11.30 this morning. The searing heat coupled with the dry grass along with strong winds fanned the fire which engulfed the cars, with many of the vehicles turning to ashes. No loss of life, however, was reported till the time of writing. This is the second major accident at the Aero show this month. A day before the event was to be inaugurated, two Suryakirans of the IAF collided in mid air. One pilot lost his life while two sustained injuries. While an inquiry into the cause of the accident has been ordered by state home minister, M B Patil, till the time of writing, the police had not made any guesses. Some guards who were positioned for security at the place, did maintain though that the fire could have been caused by a cigarette butt thrown carelessly. Being a Saturday, it was a visitors’ day which explained the large number of people who flocked to the event. A conservative estimate suggests that over 1000 cars of different makes, from the ordinary to the luxury, were parked in the area concerned,which was covered with thick smoke. For a while, the air dplay by leading airospace companies had to be halted. According to eyewit- nesses, the loss of vehicles would have been much more but for the timely action taken by some guards and security personnel, who broke open the windshields and window panes of many cars to move them away to safety. M N Reddy, director general, Fire and Emergency Services, on his part, said the fire had spread to the parking area gutting 300 PM-KISAN scheme to be launched today PRESS TRUST OF INDIA India invited to OIC meet as ‘Guest of Honour’ for 1st time eficiaries, spread over 28 states and one UT, would get their instalment in the next 2-3 days. Explaining the modalities of cash dole, the ministry said this income support will be transferred directly into the bank accounts of beneficiary farmers, in three equal instalments of Rs 2,000 each. “The Centre will transfer the amount to the bank account of the beneficiaries through State Notional Account. For transfer of benefit, district-wise beneficiaries' list has to be certified and uploaded by the states/UTs on the PM-KISAN portal of the central government,” it added. The funds would be electronically transferred to the beneficiary's bank account by the Centre through State Notional Account on a pattern similar to MGNREGS. “PM-KISAN would not only provide assured supplemental income to the most vulnerable farmer families, but would also meet their emergent needs especially before the harvest season. PMKISAN would pave the way for the farmers to earn and live a respectable living,” the statement said. A small and marginal landholder farmer family for the purpose of the calculation of the benefit has been defined as “a family comprising of husband, wife and minor children (up to 18 years of age) who collectively own cultivable land up to 2 hectare as per land records of the concerned State/UT”. The existing land-ownership system in the concerned states/UTs will be used for identification of beneficiaries. Those whose names appear in land records as on February 1, 2019, are eligible for benefit. vehicles, all of which were parked close to each other. Others said that parts of a few cars, including their tyres, flew around and landed on other vehicles parked close by, thereby spreading the fire further. For many it was a disastrous day. Many visitors had come with families including children and the loss of their vehicles was something hard to take. Some, like Sandhya and her family, had bought their SUV just two weeks ago. Keshavan, an IT professional, said that his friend ‘s BMW may have gone up in flames. More importantly, those like Satish and Veena were recovering from the shock, busy as they were figuring out the loss of important papers they had left in their vehicles. It took over 12 fire tenders to douse the fire but not without the help of the IAF which deployed one of its helicopters to assist the the fire fighting personnel. Unconfirmed reports suggest that many VIPS including diplomats may have lost their vehicles in the fire today though the details would be available only later. In the meanwhile, the state government has moved fast to help those who lost their vehicles by helping them in registering a report with the nearby police station . It is also helping in organising the paper work for those who suffered the loss for claiming insurance. 9 labourers from Malda among 13 killed in UP blast STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE MALDA, 23 FEBRUARY Nine labourers from Manikchak Block in Malda, who had been working in a carpet factory in Bhadohi village in Varanasi district of Uttar Pradesh, were among the 13 who died in an explosion that took place there today. The labourers had gone there to work from Enayetpur gram panchayat in Manikchak. Malda SP Arnab Ghosh, Sabhadhipati of the Zilla Parishad Gour Chandra Mandal and other administrative officers today visited the bereaved families, while Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has tweeted that state ministers Subhendu Adhikari and Firhad Hakim are on their way to Malda to meet the family members. According to the district administration here, the labourers are from Bazarpara, Mominpara, Kamalpara and Monglapur villages in Enayetpur who were in UP for the past oneand-a-half months. The dead have been identified as Ataur Momin, 37, Abdul Gaffar, 40, Mohammed Subhan Ansari, 38, Israfil Momin, 35, Abdul Kalam Momin, 32, Alamgir Momin, 33, Azad Momin, 31, Abdul Kadir, 34, and Monsoor Shaikh, 36.
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