CMYK MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 15 FEBRUARY 2021 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P6 WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Fog / Mist in the morning. Temperature most likely to be in the range of 30-20 degrees Celsius. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 98% TEMPERATURE Min. 43% Max: 29.2°C (N) Min: 19.6°C (+2) SUN RISES SUN SETS 06:17 hrs 17:22 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 16:57 hrs 05:54 hrs Next moon quarter on 20 February THUMBNAILS Prime Minister Narendra Modi hands over Main Battle Tank Arjun 1A (MK-1A) to the Army in Chennai on Sunday. IANS FASTag mandatory from Monday midnight: The government on Sunday said it has made FASTags mandatory from February 15 midnight and any vehicle not fitted with it will be charged double the toll at electronic toll plazas across the country. The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways in a statement said it has decided that all lanes in the fee plazas on National Highways shall be declared as 'FASTag lane of the fee plaza' from midnight of 15th/16th February 2021. ‘WON’T LET GOVT SIT IN PEACE TILL DEMANDS MET’ RUSSIA MOVES TO DOUSE PRO-NAVALNY STIR GAMES MEN PLAY P10 Donald Trump acquitted in 2nd impeachment trial US Senate votes 57-43 to convict, falls short of 2/3rd ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON, 14 FEBRUARY onald Trump was acquitted of inciting the horrific attack on the U.S. Capitol, concluding a historic impeachment trial that spared him the firstever conviction of a current or former US president. Barely a month since the deadly 6 January riot that stunned the world, the US Senate convened for a rare weekend session to deliver its Saturday verdict, voting while armed National Guard troops guarded the iconic building. The quick trial, the nation’s first of a former president, showed in raw and emotional detail how perilously close the invaders had come to destroying the nation’s deep tradition of a peaceful transfer of presidential power after Trump had refused to concede the election. Rallying outside theWhite House, he unleashed a mob of supporters to “fight like hell” for him at the Capitol just as Congress was certifying Democrat Joe Biden’s victory. As hundreds stormed the D building, some engaging in bloody combat with police, lawmakers fled for their lives. Five people died. Seven Republicans joined all 50 Democrats to convict, but it fell short of the twothird threshold needed. The outcome after the uprising leaves unresolved the nation’s wrenching divisions over Trump’s brand of politics that led to the most violent domestic attack on one of America’s three branches of government. Trump, unrepentant, welcomed his second impeachment acquittal and said his movement “has only just begun.” He slammed the trial as “yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our Country.” Though he was acquit- ted of the sole charge of incitement of insurrection, it was the largest number of senators to ever vote to find a president of their own party guilty of an impeachment count of high crimes and misdemeanors. Voting to find Trump guilty were GOP Senators Richard Burr of North Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania. Republican leader Mitch McConnell voted to acquit, but condemned Trump as “practically and morally responsible” for the insurrection. He contended Trump could not be convicted because he was gone from the White House. (See P10) CMYK SERENA SURVIVES SABALENKA SCARE P4 Five bodies recovered from Tapovan tunnel DEHRADUN, 14 FEBRUARY Search and rescue teams began retrieving bodies from the flash flood-hit Tapovan tunnel in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district. After failing to make much headway and progressing just 80 metres inside the tunnel for many days, the team was successful in getting to 130 metres by Sunday morning. Five bodies were recovered from the debris inside the Tapovan tunnel. Thirty to thirtyfive workers are believed trapped inside and rescue work has been going on there since 7 February. Uttarakhand Police DGP Ashok Kumar said, “We have recovered five bodies from Tapovan tunnel, six other from Reni village and one from Ruderprayag. So far we have recovered fifty bodies.” ITBP NDRF SDRF and , , other agencies were struggling to clear slush and debris to reach a junction point inside the tunnel. The target is to reach 180 metres point to search other small tunnels linked to the main tunnel. A major search operation was also launched on Sunday at the Rishiganga power project site, where the flood had swept away the connecting road. SNS P12 Abdullahs under ‘house arrest’ on Pulwama anniv STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, 14 FEBRUARY. Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah, his father and sitting MP Farooq Abdullah and their other family members were on Sunday put under "house arrest" by the authorities in Srinagar. Omar Abdullah in a series of tweets said that he and his family, including his father Farooq, have been put under house arrest by authorities. On the second anniversary of the Pulwama attack, Omar said that they have been "locked up" at their house without any explanation. In a Twitter thread, the former chief minister said, "Chalo, your new model of democracy means that we are kept in our homes without explanation but on top of that the staff that works in the house aren't being allowed in and then you are surprised that I'm still angry & bitter," adding "This is the 'naya/new J&K' after Aug 2019. We get locked up in our homes with no explanation. It's bad enough they've locked my IED attack thwarted, say J-K cops JAMMU, 14 FEBRUARY. On the second anniversary of the Pulwama terror attack, J&K police on Sunday thwarted a major terror strike in Jammu and recovered a seven kg improvised explosive device (IED) near the interstate Jammu bus stand. Three persons, identified as Sohail, a nursing student from Chandigarh, and Qazi, have been detained, said the J&K DGP DilSNS bag Singh. father (a sitting MP) & me in our home, they've locked my sister & her kids in their home as well." He also posted photographs showing police vehicles outside the gates of his residence in the Gupkar area of the city. Responding, police said the movement of protected persons and VIPs was discouraged due to adverse inputs on the second anniversary of the Pulwama attack. 21-yr-old held for sharing farmer protest ‘toolkit’ NEW DELHI, 14 FEBRUARY A 21-year-old climate activist has been arrested from Bengaluru for being allegedly involved in sharing the “toolkit” related to the farmer's protest on social media, police said on Sunday. Disha Ravi was arrested by a Cyber Cell team of the Delhi Police from Bengaluru on Saturday. She was picked up from her house for questioning and was later arrested for her alleged involvement in formulation and dissemination of the “toolkit Google doc”, a police officer said. PTI 1,09,04,940 1,37,567 12,194 11,395 1,55,642 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 08.00 A.M. SUNDAY, 14 FEBRUARY 2021
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