FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 07 OCTOBER 2022 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR JAISHANKAR TAKES UP VISA ISSUES WITH NZ MINISTER ‘INDIA SEEN AS WORLD’S TALENT FACTORY’ P5 WEATHER GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY. LIGHT RAIN/THUNDERSHOWERS AT ONE OR TWO PLACES. THE MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM TEMPERATURES WOULD BE AROUND 30 AND 22 DEGREES CELSIUS RESPECTIVELY. RAINFALL: 0.0 MM RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 87% Min. 68% Max: 31.0°C (-3) SUN RISES 16:46 hrs MOON RISES 06:18 hrs Min: 22.4°C (+1) SUN SETS 17:20 hrs MOON SETS 18:01 hrs TEMPERATURE THUMBNAILS An effigy of Ravana burns during Dussehra celebrations in the Capital. SUBRATA DUTTA French writer Annie Ernaux awarded Nobel Prize in literature : French author Annie Ernaux, who mined her own biography to explore life in France since the 1940s, was awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in literature for work that illuminates murky corners of memory, family and society. The Swedish Academy said Ernaux, was recognized for “the courage and clinical acuity with which she uncovers the roots, estrangements and collective restraints of personal memory.” She is the first French literature laureate since Patrick Modiano in 2014. TWITTER UNDER MUSK? MOST OF THE PLANS ARE A MYSTERY P8 P10 37 dead in Thailand day care rampage Assailant was a former policeman, took his own life after killing his wife & child AGENCIES BANGKOK, 6 OCTOBER A former policeman facing a drug charge burst into a day care center in northeastern Thailand on Thursday, killing dozens of preschoolers and teachers before shooting more people as he fled in the deadliest rampage in the nation’s history. The assailant, who was fired from the force earlier this year, took his own life after killing his wife and child at home. A witness said staff at the day care locked the door when they saw the assailant approaching with a gun, but he shot his way in. At least 37 people were killed in the attack in one of the poorest parts of Thailand, according to a police spokesman. “The teacher who died, she had a child in her arms,” the witness, whose name wasn’t given, told Thailand’s Kom Chad Luek television. “I didn’t think he would kill children, but he shot at the door and In this image taken from video, a distraught woman outside the site of an attack at a daycare centre on Thursday in the town of Nongbua Lamphu, north eastern Thailand.(Inset) The assailant AP shot right through it.”A video taken by a first responder arriving at the scene of the single-story day care in the rural town of Nongbua Lamphu showed rescuers rushing in to the building past the shattered glass front door, with drops of blood visible on the ground. Police identified the suspect as 34-year-old former police officer Panya Kamrap. Police Maj. Gen. Paisal Luesomboon told PPTV in an interview that he was fired from the force earlier this year because of the drug charge. In a Facebook posting, Thai police chief Gen. Dumrongsak Kittipra- pas said the man, who had been a sergeant, was due in court on Friday for a hearing in the case involving methamphetamine possession, and speculated that he may have chosen the day care because it was close to his home. Earlier, Dumrongsak told reporters that the main weapon used was a 9mm pistol that the man had purchased himself. Paisal said he also had a shotgun and a knife. Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who plans to travel to the scene on Friday, told reporters that initial reports were that the former officer was having personal problems. “This shouldn’t happen,” he said. “I feel deep sadness toward the victims and their relatives.” Police have not given a full breakdown of the death toll, but they have said at least 22 children and two adults were killed at the day care. At least two more children were killed elsewhere. They said 12 people were wounded. Firearm-related deaths in Thailand are much lower than in countries like the United States and Brazil, but higher than in countries like Japan and Singapore that have strict gun control laws. The rate of firearms related deaths in 2019 was about 4 per 100,000, compared with about 11 per 100,000 in the U.S. and nearly 23 per 100,000 in Brazil.Mass shootings are rare but not unheard of in Thailand, which has one of the highest civilian gun ownership rates in Asia, with 15.1 weapons per 100 population compared to only 0.3 in Singapore and 0.25 in Japan. DABANG DELHI TO FACE U MUMBA TODAY P12 BJP slams Cong leader over ‘chamchagiri’ tweet against President Murmu STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 6 OCTOBER Hitting out at the Congress after its leader Udit Raj allegedly made derogatory remarks on President Droupadi Murmu, the BJP on Thursday said it exposes the grand old party's “anti-tribal mindset”. Udit Raj had accused the President on Wednesday of allegedly doing ‘chamchagiri’ in his controversial remarks about her. “No country should get a President like Droupadi Murmu ji. Chamchagiri also has its limits. She says 70 per cent of the people eat Gujarat's salt. She will get to know once she starts living by consuming salt only,” Udit Raj said in his tweet in Hindi. Slamming Congress leader’s remarks on President, BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra said that it showed the party's “antitribal mindset”.Mr Patra said the kind of words Udit Raj has used for the President are indecent, sad, and worrying. He further said it is not the first time that the Congress party has used such words for the President. “Prior to this incident, we have heard the words Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has used for her, when a tribal woman has become the No country should get a President like Droupadi Murmu ji. Chamchagiri also has its limits. She says 70 per cent of the people eat Gujarat's salt. She will get to know once she starts living by consuming salt only CONGRESS LEADER UDIT RAJ SAID IN HIS TWEET IN HINDI President of the country,” he said. He further sought an explanation from the party as to why they have such an attitude towards the country's first tribal President. Udit Raj's remarks came days after President Murmu noted in a civic reception hosted by the Government of Gujarat in her honour in Gandhinagar on Monday that the state produces 76 per cent of the country's salt and on a lighter note said that "the salt produced in Gujarat is consumed by all Indians" (yah kaha jaa sakta hai ki sabhi deshwasi Gujarat kaa namak khate hain).BJP leader Shehzad Poonawalla also took a jibe at the Congress and asked if the party’s leadership endorsed such behaviour. Launching a scathing attack, Mr Poonawalla said this was the real ‘Chaal Charitra Chehara” of the Congress which has time and again insulted India's first woman Adivasi President. Govt launches ‘urgent’ probe after WHO alert on Indian cough syrups SNS & AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 6 OCTOBER After the World Health Organization (WHO) issued an alert on four India-made cough and cold syrups used for paediatric groups, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) has launched an “urgent” probe in this regard. "Urgent investigation in the matter has been already taken up by CDSCO with the State Regulatory Authorities immediately after receiving communication from WHO based on the available information. While all required steps will be taken in the matter, as a robust National Regulatory Authority, WHO has been requested to share at the earliest with CDSCO the report on the establishment of causal relation to death with the medical products in question, photographs of Labels/ products etc which is awaited," sources said. WHO on Wednesday issued an alert over four India-made cough and cold syrups which are made by Maiden Pharmaceuticals in India. WHO has also notified that the same cough and cold syrups could be linked to the deaths of 66 children in The Gambia.
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