29 JANUARY 2023 www.thestatesman.com Pages 12 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR ‘PM HAS GIVEN ALL CHANCES TO YOUTH TO MAKE COUNTRY NO. 1’ WORLD-CLASS TRANSFORMATION OF DELHI'S ROADS: CM P2 WEATHER MAINLY CLEAR SKY. THE MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM TEMPERATURES WOULD BE AROUND 22 AND 06 DEGREES CELSIUS RESPECTIVELY. No power could finish India: PM in Rajasthan THUMBNAILS Flowers bloom in the Mughal Garden which has been renamed as 'Amrit Udyan' at Rashtrapati Bhawan on Saturday. SUBRATA DUTTA Minor confrontation between Assam Rifles, NSCN-IM in Nagaland : A minor confrontation I occurred between Assam Rifles troopers and cadres of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim-Isak Muivah (NSCN-IM) in Nagaland's Peren district, according to army sources.The sources revealed that multiple domination patrols of the Assam Rifles were out for durations varying from 72 hours to 96 hours in the run-up to Republic Day.One such patrol team, while returning after completing assigned tasks, took an administrative break at at Ntangki National Park in Peren at around 4 p.m. on Friday. AUSTRALIAN OPEN: SABALENKA BEATS RYBAKINA P12 One pilot dead; 2 hurt as Sukhoi, Mirage fighter jets crash in MP STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE BHOPAL, 28 JANUARY A Wing Commander of the India Air Force was killed while two other pilots of the IAF were injured when a Sukhoi Su-30 and a Mirage2000 aircraft crashed after taking off from the Gwalior Air Force base in Madhya Pradesh early on Saturday morning. According to information released by defence authorities, the fighter planes crashed in Morena district of Madhya Pradesh, while some debris of the aircraft were also found scattered near Bharatpur in Rajasthan. The IAF has ordered an inquiry into the mishap. It is suspected that the two fighters suffered a mid-air collission, leading to their crash. According to the IAF, Wing Commander Hanumanth Rao Sarathi suffered fatal injuries in the crash. Sources said the deceased officer was flying the Mirage2000. Sources added that there were two pilots in the Su-30, whom locals saw ejecting from the plane and landing on parachutes. According to the IAF, both fighter aircraft were on a routine flying training mission. “There was a fire reported by some people here and we also received information that parts of two jets -Mirage P Min:08.8°C (0) SUN SETS 17:58 hrs MOON SETS 01:10 hrs rime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that despite many efforts taking place “to break India geographically, culturally, socially and ideologically, no power could finish India.” Speaking at the 1111th Avataran Mahotsav of Bhagwan Shri Devnarayan Ji in Bhilwara, Rajasthan, the Prime Minister talked about resilience of the Indian civilization, as compared to other civilisations which perished as they could not adapt to changing times. “India is not just a landmass but is an expression of our civilization, culture, harmony and possibilities,” he said. “The India of today is laying the foundations for a grand future,” the Prime Minister said as he gave credit to the strength of the Indian society for preserving the immortality of the nation. The Prime Minister performed mandir darshan and parikrama and planted a neem sapling. He also performed Pur- Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Yagyashala of Malaseri Dungri temple, in Bhilwara on Saturday. ANI nahuti in the ongoing Vishnu Mahayagya at Yagya Shala. Bhagwan Shri Devnarayan Ji is worshipped by the Gurjar community of Rajasthan and his followers across the country. Mr Modi emphasised that he had not come to the venue as a Prime Minister but as a pilgrim who wishes to seek the blessing of Bhagwan Shri Devnarayan Ji. “I feel blessed by getting ‘darshan’ of both Devnarayan ji and Janta Janardan," the Prime Minister said. The Prime Minister said that Bhagwan Shri Devnarayan always gave precedence to service and people’s welfare. “The path shown by Bhagwan Devnarayan is of ‘Sabka Vikas’ through ‘Sabka Saath’ and the country, today, is following the same path,” the Prime Minister said. For the past eight-nine years the country is trying to empower every section that has remained deprived and neglected. "We are moving with the mantra of precedence to the deprived," the Prime Minister said. The Prime Minister recalled the time when there was huge uncertainty about the avail- Kharge writes to HM over BJY security Amrit Udyan is new name for Mughal Gardens; Prez to grace Udyan Utsav STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 28 JANUARY NEW DELHI, 28 JANUARY Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge on Saturday shot off a letter to Union home minister Amit Shah seeking his personal intervention in ensuring adequate security to the “Bharat Jodo Yatra” of senior leader Rahul Gandhi in Jammu and Kashmir while highlighting the 27 January “security lapse” incident. The letter came after the Yatra was suspended for the day with the party claiming that it was done on the advice of the officials in charge of the security of Mr Gandhi. “We are expecting a huge gathering to join the yatra over the next two days and also the function that will be held on 30 January at Srinagar.” Many senior Congress leaders and leaders of other important political parties are attending the culmination functions to be held on January 30,” said Mr Kharge in his letter. President Droupadi Murmu will grace the opening of the Gardens of Rashtrapati Bhavan for Udyan Utsav tomorrow. Earlier called Mughal Gardens, the Gardens have been given the name of Amrit Udyan by the President on the occasion of celebrations of 75 years of Independence as Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. Among several attractions, the Udyan Utsav will this year delight visitors with specially cultivated tulips of 12 unique varieties, which are expected to bloom in phases. People can scan QR codes placed in the Gardens to get more information about any particular flower, plant or tree during their visit. The Gardens including the Herbal Garden, Bonsai Garden, Central Lawn, Long Garden and Circular Garden will be open for about two months. They will open for general public on 31 January and will remain open till 26 March, The Gardens including the Herbal Garden, Bonsai Garden, Central Lawn, Long Garden and Circular Garden will be open for about two months. except on Mondays which are maintenance days and on 8 March on account of Holi. Walk-in visitors can also get entry to the Gardens. However, they will have to register themselves at the facilitation counters as well as at the Self Service Kiosk near Gate No. 12 of Rashtrapati Bhavan. Rashtrapati Bhavan has advised public to book a slot online in advance to avoid rush and save time. Entry and exit for all visitors will be from Gate No. 35 of the President’s Estate, close to where North Avenue meets Rashtrapati Bhavan. From 28 to 31 March, the Gardens will be open for special categories on the following days: for farmers on 28 March; for differently abled persons on 29 March; for personnel of Defence Forces, Paramilitary Forces and Police on 30 March and for women including tribal women’s SHGs on 31 March. Another step towards making Rashtrapati Bhavan accessible to more and more people is through increase in capacity of each hourly slot. The visitors will be allowed to visit in six hourly slots between 1000 hrs and 1600 hrs. The capacity for the two forenoon slots (1000 hrs to 1200 hrs) will be 7,500 visitors during weekdays and 10,000 visitors in each slot on weekends. The capacity for the four afternoon slots (1200 hrs to 1600 hrs) will be 5,000 visitors in each slot during weekdays and 7,500 visitors on weekends. People can book their slot well in advance through online booking. Booking can be made on https://rashtrapatisachivalaya.gov.in or https://rb.nic.in/rbvisit/visit_p lan.aspx. Visitors are requested not to bring any briefcases, cameras, radios/transistors, boxes, eatables etc inside the Gardens. Old charm: Statesman Vintage & Classic Car Rally returns to Kolkata after 2-year hiatus STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 28 JANUARY Old world charm returns to Kolkata on Sunday morning. City residents will get to see vintage and classic cars and two-wheelers, some more than a century old, back on the streets, with The Statesman Vintage and Classic Car Rally coming back to the city after a two-year hiatus. The event will be flagged off Sunday morning at the Eastern Command Stadium, Fort William. For the past two years, it could not be held due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The rally, which is a part of Kolkata’s history and tradition, has evoked great response among automobile enthusiasts across ages. More than 150 cars and motor cycles will take part in the rally which will start from the stadium and end there after covering a distance of 28 kilometres. The oldest car of P11 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 28 JANUARY Min. 43 % TEMPERATURE Max: 22.2°C (-1) SUN RISES 07:11 hrs MOON RISES 11:55 hrs P4 Attends 1111th Avataran Mahotsav of Bhagwan Shri Devnarayan Ji in Bhilwara RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 90 % PAKISTAN’S ECONOMY: FINANCE MINISTER SEEKS DIVINE INTERVENTION the rally is a Renault built in 1906 and will be driven by none other than Shrivardhan Kanoria, internationally famous vintage and classic car collector and restorer. This will be followed by a German-made Stoewer manufactured in 1913, a head-turner of a vehicle. The owner of the vehicle Ananda Chowdhury takes the car to his native village Mallighanti in west Midnapore at least twice in a year.A diesel-driven Mercedes Benz will make its debut at the rally. The left hand drive car tak- ing part in the Classic section has been restored to its original condition. The car is owned by young Prithwinath Tagore, who will also bring his Fiat 1100. A rare 1928 Studebaker owned by Pallab Roy will stand out with its elegance. The vehicle, which will be observing its centenary is a classic example of American engineering.There will be a couple of war jeeps and Rolls Royces. The Rolls are famous for their aristocratic and majestic looks and sound- less engine. As they say, it does not moves, it glides. A rare century-old British make Panthan Slope will be the oldest two wheeler. There will be an old Italian Vespa scooter. It is the same model which was used in the all time hit Hollywood movie Roman Holiday. There will be British-made Matchless, BSA, Enfield and Norton Dominator. In the age of super bikes, these old two wheelers reveal the engineering perfection and brute strength. For the past two days the cars were presented for judging at the Eastern Comand Stadium. On Friday, Indian Heritage cars included Ambassador, Fiat and Standard Herald were presented for judging. The team of judges is led by the Chief Judge, internationally famous Raja Mukherjee. There are judges from the Indian Army and some coming from Delhi.Today the vintage and classic cars were presented for judging. ability and quality of rations for the poor. Today, he said, every beneficiary is getting full rations and getting it free. The Ayushman Bharat scheme has addressed the worry about medical treatment. He said: “We are also addressing the poor section’s concern about housing, toilet, gas connection and electricity,” he said. Underlining the financial inclusion that has taken place in recent years, the Prime Minister said that the doors of banks are open for everyone. Mr Modi lamented that even after many decades of Independence, only three crore families had received tapped water connections in their homes and more than 16 crore families had to struggle for water on a daily basis. With the efforts of the Central Government in the last three and half years, the Prime Minister said, more than 11 crore families have received tapped water connections so far. He mentioned the holistic work that is being carried out in the country to supply water to agricultural fields. Wreckage seen after two IAF fighter aircraft crashed in Morena district of Madhya Pradesh on Saturday. ANI and Sukhoi- that had taken off from Gwalior were seen fallen down on the ground here. As per IAF, one aircraft had two pilots, while the other had one. Two pilots have been safely rescued, while the body parts of the third pilot have been found," Superintendent of Police, Morena, Ashutosh Bagree, said from the site.Sources said that Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was briefed by the Chief of Air Staff on the incident. The Defence Minister enquired about the well-being of the pilots and is monitoring the developments closely, they added. The Russian Su-30 and French Mirage-2000 are amongst the main frontline fighter aircraft of the IAF. The Mirage-2000 is a single-engine fighter jet developed by Dassault Aviation of France.The Su-30 is a twinengine two seat fighter jet manufactured by Russia's Sukhoi Aviation Corporation.The Gwalior Air Force base houses the elite squadrons operating the two aircraft types. District administration authorities, police and IAF personnel were rushed to the site of the crash in the morning to initiate rescue operations.In its statement, the IAF said that it has established a "Court of Inquiry which will establish whether there was a mid-air collision or not" between the two fighter jets. "The possible mid-air collision between the two aircraft took place when they were flying a simulated combat mission at very high speeds. More details would come out in the court of inquiry," defence sources said. Locals who witnessed the crash informed the local police after which the Gwalior Air Force Station was notified about the incident. (With input from agencies)
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