THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 28 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 P3 SENSEX 35,905.43 -68.28 P3 NIFTY 10,806.65 -28.65 ` vs $ 71.24 -17 PAISE P9 GOLD 32,200.00 +90.00 CARIBBEAN CUP HOPES ARE PINNED ON GAYLE P12 SILVER 40,400.00 +50.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 66.02 +0.81 IAF pilot captured; Pak F16 shot down WEATHER Generally cloudy sky with 1/2 spells of rain/thundershower. Max-min temp likely to be 28-17 degree celsius, respectively. RAINFALL: 46.3 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.98% Videos of IAF pilot show him bloodied, blindfolded but composed and stoic; two JeM militants killed in Shopian encounter SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 27 FEBRUARY Min. 70% TEMPERATURE Max: 27.4°C (-4) SUN RISES 05:59 hrs MOON RISES 01.20 hrs ROUHANI REJECTS FOREIGN MINISTER’S RESIGNATION SWARAJ RAISES TERROR STRIKE ISSUE WITH CHINA ‘INDIA TOO CAPABLE OF OPERATION SIMILAR TO USA’S’ Min: 17.1°C (-3) SUN SETS 17:40 hrs MOON SETS 12:28 hrs Next moon quarter on 4 March THUMBNAILS US President Donald Trump with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un before a meeting at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on February 27, 2019. n AFP Trump-Kim Summit: US President Donald Trump shook hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the start of their second summit Wednesday and predicted successful talks with the totalitarian state over its nuclear weapons. Trump foresaw a “very successful” summit as the pair greeted each other at the luxury Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi to follow up on their initial historic meeting in Singapore in June. A n IAF pilot was in Pakistani custody and a Pakistani fighter jet F 16 shot down, New Delhi said on Wednesday as fears of war darkened India-Pakistan relations with Islamabad launching retaliatory strikes and claiming it has arrested an Indian pilot in its territory. The Pakistan Army retracted its earlier statement that two Indian Air Force pilots were arrested and in the evening said it had “only one” pilot in its custody. “There is only one pilot under Pakistan Army's custody. Wing Comd Abhi Nandan is being treated as per norms of military ethics,” Pakistani military spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor said in the evening. IAF sources identified him as Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. Pakistan Army released two videos of captured IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthmaan -- one showing him blindfolded and bloodied and another while having tea. In both videos, he is Capture in the script CHENNAI, 27 FEBRUARY This may be mere coincidence or a twist of fate. But Indian Air Force pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who Pakistan claims is in its custody, was the consultant for a Mani Ratnam movie, Kaatru Veliyidai, which is the story of a fighter pilot captured in Pakistan. Wing Commander Varthaman is the son of retired Air Marshal Simhakutty Varthaman, who was awarded the Param Vishisht Seva Medal. When media tried to contact Air Marshal Varthaman, he refused to speak. He asked media persons not to contact him regarding his son's claimed capture and shut the gates of his Jalvayu Vihar home in Selayur near Tambaram, a suburb of Chennai where the IAF SNS station is located. seen answering questions in a composed and stoic manner. The wing commander, whose MiG 21 Bison aircraft was shot down by the Pakistan Air Force while engaged in hot pursuit to repel enemy attack on Wednesday, ejected safely but landed across the Line of Control and was taken into custody by the Pakistan Army. There were other video clips on ITR security beefed up Nepal minister among 7 killed in helicopter crash: Nepal's Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister Rabindra Adhikari and six others were killed on Wednesday when a private helicopter crashed in eastern Nepal's mountainous Taplejung district. Besides the minister, the helicopter was carrying prominent aviation and hospitality entrepreneur Ang Tsering Sherpa and a Nepal Army personnel. US House blow for Trump: The US House of Representatives dealt a blow to President Trump on Tuesday, approving a resolution blocking him from obtaining funding for a Mexican border wall. Dismissing a veto threat by the president, the Democratic-controlled House struck down Trump's emergency declaration by a margin of 245-182, sending the P10 measure to the Republican-held Senate. New Railway zone for Andhra: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Wednesday announced a new railway zone for Andhra Pradesh, days after BJP MPs from the state met the minister over the same. The new railway zone -Southern Coast Railway -- will be headquartered in Visakhapatnam, Goyal said, adding that it will be the 18th zone in the country. Railways has issued a security alert across its network in view of the Indo-Pak tension. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE BALASORE, 27 FEBRUARY The• security• • vigil in and around the defence•establishment especially • for the ITR, (Integrated Test Range), at Chandipur , has been beefed• • up. The state police outside the• defence base has stepped• up the• security• • • measures and security inside the ITR has been tightened since yes- terday. The director ITR , Chandipur, Dr BK Das said “ Although we have not received • any alert or advisories • • • from any source, we have suo motu• reviewed the security mechanism in and around our campus . I took a meeting yesterday with senior officers of our unit • as well as security personnel. The measures have been further fortified.” The Chandipur defence• complex houses several• units including a century old Proof and experimental establishment(PXE). It is surrounded with at least five villages. The IIC , Chandipur, Ranjit Kumar Sahoo said “We have not received any alert from our department •yet we are on the alert.’’ “Besides static post manning • and patrolling has been further intensified.” Visited Jagannath Temple, will file report: Amicus Curiae in SC PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 27 FEBRUARY A senior advocate, assisting the apex court as an amicus curiae in the matter related to administration of the Jagannath Temple in Puri, on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that he had visited the shrine to understand the ground realities and would file a report soon. Senior advocate Ranjit Kumar, who was asked by the court to visit the temple to assess the ground realities, told a bench of Justices S A Nazeer and M R Shah that he had held meetings with the temple management committee, 'sewaks' of the shrine and the local MP and MLA. “I had visited the temple. My report in not complete. The report will take some time,” Kumar told the court. The bench, while taking note of Kumar's submission, posted the matter for further hearing on March 5. “At the request made by amicus curiae (Kumar), list the matter on March 5 to enable him to file the report,” the bench said. On February 5, the counsel appearing for Odisha had said that the amicus curiae should visit the temple and himself take stock of the situation there. On being asked about it, Kumar had told the court that he would visit the temple on February 22 and 23 and file a report before the court. The top court is dealing with a plea which has highlighted the difficulties faced by the devotees at the Jagannath Temple and their alleged harassment or exploitation by the 'sevaks'.Kumar had earlier told the court that one of the major issues at the temple was lack of proper crowd management and absence of queue system for the devotees. To this, the state counsel had said it was not easy to have a “typical queue system” for the devotees at the shrine, as its architecture was different. Earlier, Puri's District Judge had given a report to the apex court which had raised the issue of alleged harassment of devotees by the 'sevaks' (staffs) of the temple. Nine policemen were injured in the violence at Puri in October last year during a 12-hour bandh called by a socio-cultural organisation protesting the introduction of a queue system for devotees visiting the temple, police had said. The court had earlier said that no policeman should enter Jagannath Temple “with weapons and shoes” after it was alleged before it that during the October 3 last year violence at the shrine, cops had entered there with boots and guns. The Odisha government's counsel had termed the allegations as “absolutely false” and said no policeman had entered the temple as the incident had taken place at the office of Shree Jagannath temple administration situated around 500 metres from the main temple. In July last year, the top court had directed the Jagannath Temple management to consider allowing every visitor, irrespective of faith, to offer prayers to the deity. social media where he could be seen beaten by locals while lying in a stream before being taken away by Pakistani soldiers. The veracity of the videos could not be ascertained. Later, the Pakistanis released a clip showing the blindfolded officer with blood flowing down his cheek, identifying himself as Wing Commander Abhinandan. In the video, he refused to answer any question, except for giving his ID number, designation and marital status. However, the video released through Twitter was withdrawn within minutes, keeping in view the Geneva Convention dictating that a prisoner of war should not be shown publicly in a humiliating manner. Hours later, the Pakistan Army released another video, lasting 1.19 minutes, where Abhinandan can be seen drinking tea, cleaned up but with his face bruised and eyes swollen. The officer again answers questions with composure and no display of fear. To most queries, he says he is sorry as he is not supposed to divulge any details. “I hope you like the tea,” someone is heard asking. “It is fantastic,” he answers. IAF chopper crashes in Kashmir JAMMU, 27 FEBRUARY Two pilots and a civilian were killed on Wednesday when a chopper of the IAF crashed near the Garend Kalan village of Budgam district in central Kashmir. Sources said that the chopper MI-17 had crashed due to some technical snag. Police said that two bodies have been recovered from the wreckage of the helicopter that had caught fire. Official statement about the crash from the defence authorities was awaited. A court of enquiry has been ordered into the mishap. Reports said that a 30 years old civilian, Kifayat Ahmad Ganaie, who was standing there was killed as the helicopter crashed. Three other villagers had a miraculous escape. Villagers reached the crash spot and the police and Army dispersed them. The fuselage of the helicopter was burning when it fell down SNS in an open area. Khan for dialogue, warns India against ‘miscalculation’ PRESS TRUST OF INDIA ISLAMABAD, 27 FEBRUARY Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday claimed that Indian pilots were detained after two MIGs were shot down, as he cautioned against any “miscalculation” in case of an escalation between the two nuclear-armed countries and offered to defuse tensions through talks. “Our action was only intended to convey that if you can come into our country, we can do the same. Two of their MiGs were shot down (in the ensuing action) and their pilots are with us,” Khan said in an address to the nation which was telecast live. His comments came minutes after the External Affairs Ministry in New Delhi said that Pakistan Air Force targeted military installations in India in response to Indian counter- terrorism operations but their attempts were foiled successfully though one Indian pilot is “missing in action”. However, the Pakistan Army later said that “only one” Indian pilot was under their custody, retracting from its earlier statement that two IAF pilots were captured. In his address, Khan said all wars have been started on miscalculations on the time and the human cost of war. This was the same with the World War I, with the World War II and the war on terror, he added. He said no one knows where the wars lead to.
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