THURSDAY 02 NOVEMBER 2023 www.thestatesman.com twitter.com/thestatesman facebook.com/thestatesman INDIA’S NATIONAL NEWSPAPER SINCE 1818 Pages 12 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR RAHUL MOCKS BJP ON OBC CHIEF MINISTER PROMISE GOP’S FUTURE P6 SENSEX 63,591.33283.60 WEATHER CLEAR SKY. MIST/SHALLOW FOG IN THE MORNING. THE MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM TEMPERATURES WOULD BE AROUND 32 AND 15 DEGREES CELSIUS RESPECTIVELY. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.94% Min. 48% TEMPERATURE Max: 32.3°C (+1) SUN RISES 06:34 hrs MOON RISES 21:11 hrs Min: 16.4°C (0) SUN SETS 17:36 hrs MOON SETS 11:55 hrs THUMBNAILS PM Narendra Modi interacts with para archer Sheetal Devi of India's Asian Para Games contingent at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium on Wednesday. ANI (PG12) Mahua to appear before LS panel on Thursday: Trinamul Congress MP Mahua Moitra has informed Lok Sabha Ethics Committee Chairman Vinod Kumar Sonkar that she will “respect” the committee’s summons and appear before it on 2nd November, although she has questioned whether the Parliamentary committee has jurisdiction to go into allegations of criminality against her. NIFTY 18,989.1590.45 ‘UNANIMOUS SUPPORT FOR MARATHA RESERVATION’ P4 ` vs $ 83.339 PAISE P5 GOLD 61,530320 Modi, Hasina inaugurate 3 development projects Projects that are being built with Indian assistance will boost connectivity & security STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 1 NOVEMBER P rime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday jointly inaugurated via video conferencing three key connectivity and energy projects, with the Indian leader assuring full support to his counterpart for the success of her government’s ‘Smart Bangladesh’ initiative. The three projects built with Indian assistance are Akhaura-Agartala CrossBorder Rail Link; KhulnaMongla Port Rail Line; and Unit-II of the Maitree Super Thermal Power Plant. The Smart Bangladesh initiative is aimed at transforming the country into a technologically advanced and sustainable society. Building on the foundation of the Digital Bangladesh initiative, Smart Bangladesh envisions the development of smart cities, smart agriculture, smart healthcare, smart education, smart energy, smart governance and smart institutions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi listens to Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina during the joint inauguration of the three development projects between India and Bangladesh, via video conferencing, on Wednesday. ANI the ultimate goal of creating a more prosperous, equitable, and sustainable future for the people of Bangladesh. Mr Modi noted that what India and Bangladesh have done in the last nine years has not been done in the past decades. “We have signed the long-pending land boundary agreement to restore peace, security and stability in border areas...we have also resolved maritime boundary issues,” he said. The prime minister also spoke about the bus and train services launched between the two countries in the last nine years. Both the leaders spoke about the bilateral cooperation in the power and energy sectors. “Our collaboration in the power sector and connectivity stands out as a shining example of our win-win cooperation,” Ms Hasina said. The Akhaura-Agartala Cross-Border Rail Link project has been executed under the Government of India's grant assistance of Rs 392.52 crore to Bangladesh. The length of the rail link is 12.24 km with a 6.78 km dual gauge rail line in Bangladesh and 5.46 km in Tripura. The Khulna-Mongla Port Rail Line project has been implemented under CMYK the Government of India's concessional Line of Credit with a total project cost of USD 388.92 million. The project entails construction of about 65 kms of broad gauge rail route between Mongla Port and the existing rail network in Khulna. With this, Mongla, the second largest port of Bangladesh, gets connected with the broadgauge railway network. The Maitree Super Thermal Power Project, under the Indian Concessional Financing scheme loan of USD 1.6 billion, is a 1,320 MW (2x660) Super Thermal Power Plant (MSTPP) located in Rampal in Khulna division of Bangladesh. PARIS MASTERS: ROMAN SAFIULLIN STUNS ALCARAZ P12 SILVER 74,1001200 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 87.42 Can Sri Lanka play party spoilers to India’s rampaging WC campaign? TRIDIB BAPARNASH MUMBAI, 1 NOVEMBER It’s been 12 years but the memories of MS Dhoni wielding his stick for a straight six to script a memorable World Cup win in April 2011 final against Sri Lanka will hardly fade away from an Indian cricket fan’s mind. Come Thursday, a rampaging India will look to retain their unbeaten run in the ongoing ICC World Cup when they take on the Islanders at the same Wankhede Stadium here. “Given the current form only India can beat India,” quipped a former international cricketer. According to the former cricketer, going by current form, the other teams can only expect India to commit a mistake or become complacent and that is the only way the hosts can be defeated in this tournament. India will head into the game as the hot favorites, having triumphed in all six of their matches. In their last game against England, they set a challenging target of 229 runs, losing only 9 wickets. The Indian bowlers showcased exceptional skill, limiting England to a mere 129 runs and securing a convincing 100-run victory. As far as recent head to head records are concerned, the Rohit Sharma-led outfit has been dominant over the Islanders, with their most recent clash in the Asia Cup final resulting in a resounding 10-wicket victory for India, highlighting their dominance. On the other hand, still licking the wounds after the humiliation at the hands of Afghanistan, the Sri Lankan team is battling for survival in this tournament, and have managed to win only a couple of games so far. They will head into the game with nothing to lose unlike India, who will have huge exceptions. Having said that, Rohit Sharma & Co cannot afford to let their guards down as underestimating the Lankans could be very risky. The Islanders have all the ammunition to roar back in style. With four points from six outings, Sri Lanka are on the same boat as Pakistan and Netherlands. The situation is dire, but they aren't completely out of it yet. Mathematically, it's still possible that two teams finish on 12 or more points, and as many as seven teams end up on eight, fighting for two spots. That means Sri Lanka, who can still finish on 10 points, are in the mix, as are Pakistan and Netherlands. However, given how poorly they've played so far, and that two of their three remaining games are against India and New Zealand, the chances of them progressing are extremely slim. Star all-rounder Hardik Pandya is set to miss two more matches at the World Cup, against Sri Lanka and South Africa, as he continues to recover from an ankle injury he suffered against Bangladesh. Pandya has not played a match since 19 October. He had injured himself while bowling against Bangladesh in Pune, when he appeared to twist his ankle while trying to stop a shot with his right foot during his follow through.
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