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he death toll in Delhi’s
worst riots in more
������������ A controversy broke out
today over the timing of the
than three decades
climbed to 38 on
�������� transfer of Delhi High Court
judge, Justice S Muralidhar,
Thursday as the violence ���������� who had yesterday taken
ebbed but did not subside on the police for not reg-
completely and thousands ����������������� istering a case against three
���������� of people began picking up BJP leaders for their alleged
the pieces of their shattered The Delhi High Court hate speeches.
lives and livelihoods. Thursday allowed The Congress and other
Four days after com- impleadment of the Oppsoition parties ���������������
munal clashes that began in Centre in the PIL seek- slammed the “midnight” �����������������
northeast Delhi over the ing lodging of FIRs and notification describing it �������������
amended citizenship law arrests in northeast as “shameful” while the ������������������
and spiralled into bloodshed, Delhi where communal Centre accused the oppo-
arson and looting, the body violence has erupted sition of politicising a “rou-
ofamanwasfoundinadrain over the amended citi- tine” transfer. ���������������
in Johri Enclave and there zenship law. The Union Law Ministry �������������������
were scattered incidents of A bench of Chief Jus- last night issued three sep- �����������
vehicles and shops being set tice D N Patel and Jus- arate notifications for the
on fire in Maujpur, Bhajan- tice C Hari Shankar transfer of Justice Muralid-
pura and other areas. “The situation is return- in some cases fruit and veg- The GTB Hospital also granted four weeks to the har and two other judges, certainly sad and shame-
While there was no pre- ing to normal. We are here etable carts, residents presented a picture of Centre and the police to Justice Ranjit Vasantrao ful,” she tweeted.
cise figure for the number to reassure people that we recounted the violence of the despair with some sobbing file their replies to the More of the Bombay High Taking a dig at the gov-
of arrests, Solicitor Gener- are with them,” newly night before. In Yamuna uncontrollably and others PIL seeking lodging of Court and Justice Ravi Vijay ernment over what he
al Tushar Mehta told the appointed Special Com- Vihar, three to four rioters maintaining a stoic silence FIRs against three BJP Kumar Malimath of the called Muralidhar’s “sud-
Delhi High Court that 48 missioner S N Shrivastava, came around 4 a.m. on with barely held back tears leaders for allegedly Karnataka High Court. den” transfer, former Con-
FIRs were lodged in relation who visited the affected Thursday to burn vehicles. as they waited at the hos- making hate speeches. Justice Muralidhar was gress chief Rahul Gandhi
�������������� ���������������������������� to the violence. areas, told reporters. “One of them was hold- pital to receive the bodies Solicitor General transferred to the Punjab tweeted, “Remembering
���������������������������������������������� Delhi Police transferred Battle scarred and des- ing a bucket in his hand. He of those killed in the com- Tushar Mehta told the and Haryana High Court. the brave Judge Loya, who
���������������������������������������� the riots probe to the Crime olate with scorched, black- started pouring some liq- munal mayhem. bench that as the Cen- The transfers were wasn’t transferred.”
��������������������������������������������� Branch and formed two ened walls, the ashen uid on three vehicles. One Among those who lost tre is responsible for approved by President Ram Special CBI judge B H
���������������������������������������� Special Investigation Teams. remains of vehicles, glass of the cars caught fire. We their lives was 22-year-old maintaining law and Nath Kovind. The notifi- Loya, who was hearing the
�������������������������������������������� The GTB Hospital in shards and bricks, several raised an alarm after which Ashfaq Hussain, an elec- order in Delhi, it be cations came a few hours high-profile Sohrabuddin
����������������������������������������� Dilshad Garden, where fires still burnt in the most- they fled,” a local said, trician who got married made a party in the after a bench headed by Jus- Sheikh fake encounter
�������������������������������������������� many of the 200 injured in ly mixed neighbourhoods adding, groups of people in only 10 days ago and was matter, which was tice Muralidhar, the third case, died in alleged mys-
������������������������������������������ the riots that broke out on of the national capital’s the neighbourhood stay shot while he was return- allowed by the court. senior-most judge in the terious circumstances on
������������������������������������������ Monday are being treated northeastern edge. up all night to keep watch. ing home in Gokalpuri after He informed the Delhi High Court, expressed 1 December 2014.
and where scores of people Shops, pharmacies and A few kilometres away, attending to a complaint. bench that 48 FIRs have “anguish” over Delhi Police’s Congress chief
lined up outside the mor- other establishments were a charred board at a private Still trying to wrap his been lodged in relation failure to register FIRs spokesperson Randeep
������������������������������������������� tuary to claim the bodies of closed and people stayed school in Brijpuri read, head around what had hap- to the violence and said against alleged hate speech- Surjewala at a press con-
����������������� ��������������������������� their loved ones, recorded indoors unless it was imper- “Welcome to a very happy pened, his relative held up there be no judicial es by BJP leaders Parvesh ference on the issue alleged
����������������������������������������� five more deaths. ative tostep out. Several fam- school”. a smiling photograph of intervention till nor- Verma, Kapil Mishra and that the BJP government
����������������������������������������� “Besides, there was one ilies were seen leaving with The 52-year-old Arun his bride Tasneem Fatima. malcy is restored in the Anurag Thakur in con- was “waging a battle of
����������������������������������������������� more death at the LNJP whatever they could salvage Modern Senior Secondary Relatives of 35-year-old national capital. Mehta nection with the protests revenge” against the judi-
������������������������������������������� Hospital and another in Jag from their vandalised School looks no less than Mudassir Khan from Kar- said the FIRs have been against the new Citizenship ciary. He called the trans-
���������������������������������������������� Pravesh Chandra Hospital, homes. a cemetery, said an official, dampuri said they have lodged in relation to law. fer a classic case of “hit-and-
���������������������������������������������� taking the total death toll to As they tried to come to looking around at the dam- been coming to the mor- arson, looting and the Union Law Minister run injustice” by the gov-
������������������������������������������ 38,” a senior Delhi Health terms with the losses to age which he estimated to tuary for two days to claim deaths. ��� Ravi Shankar Prasad said ernment.
����������������������������� ��� Department official said. their shops, workshops and be over Rs 70 lakh. his body. Justice Muralidhar was The CPI-M noted with
transferred on the recom- concern the “midnight
mendation of the Supreme transfer” of Justice Muralid-

�������������������������� Cong leaders meet ���������������

Court Collegium and
accused the Congress party
of politicising a routine
har.In a statement, the
party said this transfer was
part of a recommenda-

��������������������������� Prez, demand Amit �����������

He added that a “well-
tion of the Supreme Court
collegium, which the Delhi

��������� 34 lives in northeast Delhi and

Shah’s resignation �����������
settled process” was fol-
lowed in the transfer.
At the BJP briefing,
High Court Bar Association
had protested “for well-
argued judicial-adminis-
���������������������� left over 200 injured. �������������������� memorandum before the senior leader and Union trative considerations.”
He asserted that peace ���������������������� media outside the Rashtrap- ���������������������� minister Prakash Javadekar The party said the post
The BJP on Thursday accused was restored in two days due ati Bhavan, Sonia Gandhi said said the transfer was in line haste implementation of
the Congress and the AAP of to Union Home Minister Amit A Congress delegation, includ- that instead of taking reme- Delhi chief minister and AAP with the recommendation the transfer appeared to be
“politicising” the riots in Delhi Shah’s effective handling. ing party chief Sonia Gand- dies to diffuse the situation in supremo Arvind Kejriwal today of the Collegium. The rec- in response to what unfold-
and claimed that attempts to He said the Congress’s hi, on Thursday urged Pres- Delhi, the Centre and the said that anyone found involved ommendation was made ed in the Delhi High Court
instigate violence had been demand for Shah’s resignation ident Ram Nath Kovind to call newly-elected Delhi govern- in the communal riots and vio- on 12 February. yesterday.
made for two months after was “petty politics.” for Home Minister Amit Shah’s ment have remained “mute lence raging in Northeast Delhi The Congress alleged The CPI (M) said, “The
Congress president Sonia Earlier in the day, the Con- resignation over his alleged spectators” to the violence. should be given the harshest that the transfer of Justice fact remains that the Bench
Gandhi gave the call for ‘aar gress hit out at the government “abdication of duty” during The violence has taken punishment possible in accor- Muralidhar was aimed at headed by Justice Muralid-
yaa par’ (fight to the finish) governs Delhi, Javadekar said over the transfer of Delhi the communal violence in the lives of over 30 people and dance with the law of the land. saving some BJP leaders in har called the bluff of the
in December last year. that its MLAs should have High Court Judge S Muralid- Delhi and remind the Centre businesses have fallen prey to No such person should be the Delhi violence case Delhi police in trying to
Addressing a press con- worked for peace, but chief har, alleging that the Modi dis- of its “raj dharma”. looting, Gandhi said. spared, whether directly involved and exposed the govern- shield the hate speeches of
ference at the party office, minister Arvind Kejriwal iden- pensation was waging a bat- The delegation, includ- The party also asked the in killings, arson, loot and destruc- ment's “intimidation and top BJP leaders in Delhi in
senior BJP leader and Union tified riot victims by religion tle of revenge against the ing former Prime Minister president to call for the resig- tion of property or accused of incit- vendetta politics” against the course of the Delhi
Minister Prakash Javadekar in the Assembly. He alleged judiciary. Manmohan Singh, Leader of nation of Home Minister Amit ing violence, he asserted. the judiciary. Assembly election and
asked why other political par- that attempts to instigate vio- Muralidhar was transferred Opposition in Rajya Sabha Shah over alleged “abdication Addressing a press confer- Congress leader Priyan- after.”
ties were silent on the attack lence had been made for the to the Punjab and Haryana Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ahmed of duty” during the violence. ence here, Kejriwal said, “If any- ka Gandhi Vadra accused The CPI (M) politburo
on the policemen and on the last two months since Sonia High Court, on a day when a Patel, P Chidambaram, K C Manmohan Singh, in his one from our party is found to have the government of making urged the Government
death of Intelligence Bureau Gandhi gave the call for ‘fight bench headed by him Venugopal, Priyanka Gand- remarks to the media, said the played a role in the riots he attempts to “muzzle” jus- that in “these times of
staffer Ankit Sharma. to the finish’ at a rally. expressed “anguish” over the hi Vadra, Anand Sharma and Congress leaders called upon should be given double punish- tice and “break people’s acute confidence deficit, the
“In such a situation, the Javadekar said the BJP was Delhi Police’s failure to reg- Randeep Surjewala, also sub- the President to convey to him ment. There should be no poli- faith in an upright judiciary”. transfer order must be
duty of all political parties working to restore peace and ister FIRs against alleged hate mitted a memorandum to that what has happened in the tics on the question of security." “The midnight transfer kept in abeyance to rein-
should be to consolidate condemned the Congress, speeches by BJP leaders the president over the wave last four days in the nation- The CM was asked about the of Justice Muralidhar isn't force the confidence of
peace,” he said. the AAP for doing politics Parvesh Verma, Kapil Mishra of violence in Delhi. al capital is a matter of deep alleged involvement of AAP coun- shocking given the cur- the people in the judicial
Taking on the AAP which over the violence that claimed and Anurag Thakur. Reading out parts of the concern and national shame. cillor Tahir Hussain. ��� rent dispensation, but it is system of the country.”

US body condemns ��������������������������������������������������

Delhi violence ��������� Besides 119 Indians, the tested positive for coron- Wuhan in two Air India flights.
��������� lence,” USCIRF Chair Tony ���������������������� people evacuated from Japan avirus and are receiving med- “In all 723 Indian nation-
����������������������� Perkins said in a statement included two from Sri Lanka ical care at an onshore med- als and 43 foreign nationals
on Wednesday. India on Thursday brought and one each from Nepal, ical facility in Japan. have been evacuated from
Expressing “grave concern” Reacting to the statement, back 112 people from the South Africa and Peru. The All the evacuees will under- Wuhan, China in these three
over the violence in New India on Thursday described coronavirus-hit Chinese city group was among 3,711 peo- go a 14-day quarantine at the flights,” the Ministry of Exter-
Delhi, a US commission on the comments by the USCIRF of Wuhan and another group ple who were on board the facility set up by the Indian nal Affairs (MEA) said.
international religious free- and by “few individuals” over of 124 from Tokyo who were coronavirus-infected Dia- Army in Manesar. On the medical supplies
dom urged the Indian gov- the violence in Delhi as “fac- on board a cruise ship infect- mond Princess ship when it India sent the C-17 Globe- delivered by India to China,
ernment to take swift action tually inaccurate, misleading” ed by the deadly virus. docked at the Yokohama port master to Wuhan on Wednes- the MEA said they will help
for the safety of its citizens. and an attempt to politicise A C-17 Globemaster III near Tokyo on 3 February. day and it carried 15 tonnes augment the country’s efforts
The US Commission on the issue. transport aircraft of Indian Air “In line with India’s neigh- of medical supplies for coro- to control the coronavirus
International Religious Free- Mi n i s t r y o f Ex t e r n a l Force evacuated 76 Indians and bourhood first policy and navirus-affected people in outbreak which has been
dom (USCIRF) said that the Affairs (MEA) Spokesper- 36 foreign nationals from Indo-Pacific vision, the spe- China. declared as a public health
Indian government should son Raveesh Kumar said, Wuhan while an Air India cial flight also evacuated five On its return, the aircraft emergency by theWorld Health
provide protection to people “We have seen comments flight brought back the group foreign nationals ~ two Sri brought back 112 people Organisation.
regardless of their faith amid made by USCIRF, sections of of 124 people from Tokyo. Lankans, one Nepalese, one including 23 citizens from “The assistance is also a
reports of attack on Muslims the media and a few indi- The foreign national evac- South African and one Peru- Bangladesh, six from China, mark of friendship and soli-
and expressed “grave con- viduals regarding recent uated from Wuhan included vian,” the External Affairs two each from Myanmar and darity from the people of
cern” over the violence. incidents of violence in 23 from Bangladesh, six from Ministry said. the Maldives and one each India towards the people of
“We urge the Indian gov- Delhi. These are factually China, two each from Myan- Three Indian crew mem- board the cruise ship to com- Out of the total 138 Indi- from South Africa, the US China as the two countries also
ernment to make serious inaccurate and misleading, mar and Maldives and one bers didn’t board the Air India plete the period of extended an nationals originally on- and Madagascar. celebrate 70th anniversary
efforts to protect Muslims and and appear to be aimed at each from South Africa, USA flight as they conveyed their quarantine put in place by the board Diamond Princess, 16 Earlier, India had evacuated of establishment of diplo-
others targeted by mob vio- politicising the issue”. and Madagascar. wish to continue their stay on- Japanese government. Indian crew members have around 650 Indians from matic relations this year,” it said.

BJP is revealing its true colours and hidden agenda
by criticising freedom fighters...

Bihar passes resolution No ‘nazdeekiyan’ with Kishor accused

of plagiarism in
RJD, we will remain ‘Baat Bihar Ki’
for caste-based census with NDA: JD-U
drive, case field

Lalu Prasad-led RJD has been making this demand for past five years PRESS TRUST OF INDIA tion is required. This helped A case has been filed against
PATNA, 27 FEBRUARY in passing the resolution election strategist-turned-
STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE “SC/ST/OBCs have been against National Population politician Prashant Kishor for
PATNA, 27 FEBRUARY It’s a historical fact that deprived and dejected social- The ruling JD(U) in Bihar on Register (NPR) and National alleged plagiarism in his
the social and spatial ly and economically for ages. Thursday rejected specula- Register of Citizens (NRC) ‘Baat Bihar Ki’ campaign

he political develop- demarcation within India Caste based census will pro- tionstemming from the alleged unanimously. Nothing fur- launched here last week,
ments in Bihar taking exists even today. vide a radical ground at the ‘nazdeekiyan’ (closeness) wit- ther should be seen in this,” police said on Thursday.
place at quick inter- SC/ST/OBCs have been policy level for greater social nessed in the assembly premis- he said. According to the com-
vals have turned quite deprived and dejected and economic reforms,” es here over the last couple of “While hazarding a guess plaint lodged at the Pataliputra
interesting ahead of the com- socially and economically Tejashwi said. days between chief minister with regard to our relations police station in the city on
ing Assembly elections. for ages. Caste-based cen- What is further intriguing, Nitish Kumar and Opposi- with Yadav's party (RJD) please Wednesday night, Kishor
In another curious devel- sus will provide a radical both the resolutions passed tion RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav do keep in mind his 'vishva- has used content developed
opment, the Bihar Assembly ground at the policy level from the Assembly followed and said it is firmly with the man' against us for getting a by Shashwat Gautam, a data
today unanimously passed a for greater reforms close-door meetings between NDA. clearer perspective,” Singh analytics coordinator with the
resolution favouring caste- chief minister Nitish Kumar JD(U) state unit president said. Congress, for his campaign,
based Census in the state. TEJASHWI YADAV and Opposition leader Tejash- Vashishtha Narayan Singh The 20-minute-long meet- Station House Officer (SHO)
This comes barely a day OPPOSITION LEADER wi, son of Lalu Prasad. pointed at the 'vishvaman' ing between the chief minis- Kamleshwar Prasad Singh
after the state Assembly had The first resolution about (spewing of venom) by Yadav ter and Yadav had followed said. Gautam has also named
passed another unanimous not implementing the NRC against the state government heated exchanges during a as accused his former aide
resolution about not imple- caste census figures saying the Given this background, was passed on Tuesday short- in his public statements when debate on an adjournment Osama, who was privy to
menting the National Regis- new data would form the the Bihar Assembly’s move to ly after Tejashwi had met the asked about his meeting with motion moved on CAA-NPR- the content and whom he sus-
ter for Citizens (NRC) and also basis for increased reserva- pass resolution for caste- chief minister in latter offi- Kumar inside his Vidhan NRC by Yadav and others pects of making the same
not implementing the Nation- tion for the downtrodden based Census assumes much cial chamber. Sabha premises chamber on with the demand that the available to Kishor after part-
al Population Register on the class. significance. Again on Wednesday Tuesday. House pass a resolution against ing ways, the officer said.
current format, thus becom- In December last year, The RJD expressed hap- evening, both these two lead- Pictures of Kumar and these like many other states. Based on the complaint,
ing the first NDA sate to pass too, the RJD chief had pressed piness over the development ers met over tea in the offi- Yadav having tea with Speak- The chief minister had a case has been lodged under
such resolution. for conducting caste-based and asked the Central gov- cial chamber of the Assem- er Vijay Kumar Chaudhary read out from a letter written sections 420 (cheating
Assembly Speaker Vijay census saying the NPR forms ernment to consider their bly Speaker and this saw the after the day's proceedings on by the state government to the and dishonesty) and 406
Kumar Chaudhary moved which have numerous demand. passage of the resolution Wednesday went viral on Centre requesting that the (criminal breach of trust) of
the resolution in the House columns incorporate “one “Thanks to the continu- favouring caste-based social media. contentious clauses be the Indian Penal Code, he
which was unanimously more” pertaining to respon- ous efforts by party chief census. “Koi nazdeekiyan nahi dropped from the NPR form added.
adopted by all and passed. dent castes. Lalu Prasad and Opposition The BJP which is a part- (there is no closeness with and suggested that it be treat- Further investigation in the
Strangely, the main Oppo- The RJD which remains a leader Tejashwi Yadav, Bihar ner in the Nitish Kumar gov- RJD)....We (JD(U)) are firmly ed as a resolution, endorsed matter is underway, Singh
sition party in the state, the strong votary a caste-based Assembly has finally passed ernment has reacted bitter- with the NDA and will remain by the House and the Centre said. Gautam, who hails from
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) census has been pressing for a resolution to this effect. Now ly to this move of the chief so,” Singh told reporters here be notified about the same. the East Champaran district,
headed by Lalu Prasad, had re-allocation of quotas to Modi government should minister. “The government is answering their questions Kumar had also admon- joined the Congress last year.
been making this demand for castes in proportion to their conduct the caste-based cen- passing the resolutions like on it. ished Yadav on the floor of the The George Washington
the past five years. population saying the 50 per sus,” the RJD said today. a “chhapamar” (hit and run “In public life people do House for making personal University alumnus was ear-
In July 2015, Prasad had cent cap put on reservation Tejashwi said its a histor- squad). It looks to be a might- meet each other despite polit- attacks against him. He had lier associated with city-
first sat on day-long fast in by the Supreme Court has ical fact that the social and is-right-like situation in the ical differences. Coordina- said, “Your father (Lalu Prasad) based think tank ADRI and
Patna’s Gandhi Maidan seek- been breached by the gov- spatial demarcation within state,” BJP legislator Sachhi- tion at some level between the has a right to do so, but not worked with chief minister
ing immediate release of ernment. India exists even today. danand Rai said. government and the opposi- you.” Nitish Kumar. PTI

Balraj Kundu to
withdraw support SAD says Punjab minister is TENDER
from ‘corrupt’ hand-in-glove with drug mafia
Khattar govt STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE asked to submit a reply in ten
CHANDIGARH, 27 FEBRUARY CHANDIGARH, 27 FEBRUARY days. Majithia also released
the show cause notice issued
Haryana Independent MLA The Shiromani Akali Dal to Rusan Pharma which
Balraj Kundu announced his (SAD) on Thursday accused accuses the company of dis-
decision to withdraw sup- Punjab health minister Bal- pensing 2.87 crore tablets by
port to the M L Khattar dis- bir Singh Sidhu of having bypassing the government
pensation on Thursday, hand in glove with the drug system.
saying he was “deeply hurt” mafia. SAD leader, Dr Sukhwinder
with the government giving Addressing a Press con- Sukhi said instead of taking
“clean chit” in the sugar ference at the Press gallery in action against the private
mills corruption he had the Punjab Assembly with the centers as well as Rusan
flagged. SAD legislators, former min- Pharma, the health minister
“I had extended my ister Bikram Singh Majithia indulged in a cover up oper-
support to an honest said the minister diverted Majithia said exemplary ation by overruling the inquiry
chief minister and an five crore buprenorphine action should be taken against of the health secretary and
honest government, but I tablets used to treat narcot- Sidhu as he was not only asking civil surgeons to do
came to know today that the ic addiction to private cen- responsible for the death of physical verification to cre-
display of honesty is a farce,” ters and is providing shelter thousands of addicts due to ate utilisation record.
the MLA told reporters to the accused by indulging diversion of buprenorphine “This is against the grain
outside the Assembly, in a cover up operation. tablets, but also for creating of the procedure used to dis-
after the chief minister Demanding Sidhu’s dis- new addicts as the drug if not pense the medicine which is
refused to order any probe missal, Majithia said he given under medical super- online so that a proper record
into allegations made should be charged under the vision could result in addic- is maintained as to who it is
without substantial proof or Narcotic Drugs and Psy- tion. The SAD leader alleged being administered to and by
due to personal chotropic Substances (NDPS) the principal secretary (health) whom. Rules stipulate that the
enmity. Act. “A separate inquiry should had served 12 show cause tablet has to be put under the
“I withdraw my support also be ordered into the mat- notices to various private tongue of medical practi-
to this government and on ter to buttress the investiga- centers on 2 December, 2019 tioners and there is no record
Friday I will formally hand tion being carried out by the with details of the missing of 5 crore tablets being used
over my letter to the Enforcement Directorate drug tablets and stated that in this manner out of the total
Governor and the Speaker,” (ED) keeping in view the action would be initiated of 8.3 crore tablets to be used
said Kundu, who repre- seriousness of the Rs 300 against them under the NDPS for this purpose between
sents Meham constituen- Crore drug tablet scam,” he Act as well as licensing rules. January and November 2019”
cy in the Assembly. PTI added. He said the centers were the Akali leader added.

SP MP Azam Khan, wife, Modi had cast

son shifted to Sitapur jail a spell on me
too: Shinde
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA ly.” On being shifted to Sita- SOLAPUR, 27 FEB RUARY
SITAPUR (UP), 27 FEBRUARY pur Jail, he said it was the gov-
ernment's decision. Congress veteran Sushilku-
A day after surrendering at Khan and his family mem- mar Shinde said on Thurs-
a Rampur court and being bers surrendered before a day that “a little Modi wave”
remanded in judicial custody Rampur court on Wednesday still prevails in the country,
there, SP MP Azam Khan, his and were sent to judicial and conceded that initial-
wife and son were on Thurs- custody till 2 March for their ly he himself had been
day shifted to Sitapur jail, alleged role in securing a impressed by the prime
where party chief Akhilesh fake birth certificate of their minister.
Yadav met them. former MLA son Abdullah. Things began to go
After meeting Khan, Yadav The case relates to two downhill after Narendra
said the Smajwadi party birth certificates of Abdullah Modi's first two years in
party MP has been targeted Azam, who allegedly gave a office, he said. Addressing
by the BJP under a “political wrong date of birth while fil- party workers here, Shinde
conspiracy”. “I met Azam ing his nomination papers for said the Congress suc-
sahab. His wife is not well and the UP assembly elections in ceeded in making the Shiv
son also has injury in his hand. 2017. Sena - a former BJP ally -
I hope the jail administration Abdullah's election was set accept a common mini-
will provide them due facil- aside by the Allahabad High mum program for running
ities. After the BJP came to Court last December. a coalition government in
power, Azam Khan was tar- A Rampur BJP leader, Maharashtra. “We brought
geted. It was a political con- Akash Saxena, had lodged an a secular government to
spiracy due to which he was FIR at Ganj police station on power in Maharashtra and
sent to jail. The court will help 3 January, 2019, alleging this is just a beginning,” he
him,” he said. fraud related to Abdullah said. He further said that
Akhilesh was talking to Azam's two birth certifi- prime minister Modi still
reporters after meeting Azam cates. In April, police filed the enjoys some public support.
Khan, his legislator-wife charge sheet in court. “I know that a little Modi
Tazeen Fatma and MLA-son It alleged that Azam wave is still there. He had
Abdullah Azam, who were Khan's son also had two cast a spell on us. He had
shifted to the district jail passports and two PAN cards. cast a spell on me too,”
here from Rampur on early In one birth certificate, the former Maharashtra
Thursday morning. issued by the Rampur munic- chief minister said.
“The three reached Sita- ipality, Abdullah's birth date “During the initial two
pur Jail on Thursday morn- was mentioned as January 1, years, I too said that he was
ing. They are expected to be 1993. The other certificate said doing good work, but later
here till 2 March,” a jail offi- he was born in Lucknow on the economic situation
cial said. On reaching Sita- 30 September, 1990, accord- started deteriorating, mis-
pur from Rampur, Khan ear- ing to the charge against leading claims about
lier spoke to reporters wait- him. A case was also regis- employment were exposed,
ing for him at the jail entrance. tered against Azam Khan a rift was being created
Asked about the num- and his wife as they had between communities and
ber of cases lodged against submitted an affidavit testi- the situation in the coun-
him, Khan said, “The entire fying to the authenticity of try deteriorated due to
country knows what is hap- their son's second birth cer- some wrong decisions on
pening to me and my fami- tificate. religious lines,” he said.PTI


BJP is responsible for the riots. It's their Gujarat
model, which is nothing but spreading hatred

THUMBNAILS India is incredible, lot of progress made in bilateral ties during visit: Trump
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA on the issue of human rights his stay, he addressed a mas- response to a question. Reacting on Trump's state- India to strengthen our eco-
WASHINGTON, 27 FEBRUARY in the light of the communal sive rally in Ahmedabad along But in the midst of the ment on the issue, Sanders on nomic ties, improve devel-
riots in Delhi. President Trump with Modi, visited Agra and positive comments on India Wednesday tweeted, “Over opment plus further women's
President Donald Trump has and his family visited India held official meetings in New by Trump, his family and 200 million Muslims call India economic empowerment
described the US' relationship from February 24 to 25 at the Delhi.The US president was administration officials, his like- home. Widespread anti-Mus- through WGDP (Women's
with India now as “extraordi- invitation of Prime Minister feted at the world's largest ly Democratic Party rival in the lim mob violence has killed at Global Development and Pros-
nary” and said a lot of progress Narendra Modi. Trump was cricket stadium in the November 3 presidential elec- least 27 . Trump responds by perity Initiative)!”
was made in bilateral ties accompanied by top brass of “Namaste Trump” event in tion, Sanders slammed the saying 'That's up to India'. This On her arrival from India,
during his maiden official his administration, includ- Ahmedabad and was cheered president and said the Trump's is a failure of leadership on she thanked Prime Minister
visit to the “incredible coun- ing National Security Advisor by tens of thousands of peo- statement regarding the vio- human rights.” Modi for “your warm hospi-
try” where America is going Robert O'Brien. ple. “We were treated very, very lence in New Delhi during Meanwhile, President tality as we visited your beau-
to do a lot of business. Talking to reporters after his well and we really enjoyed it. his India visit was a “failure of Trump's daughter Ivanka tiful country and celebrated
Trump's remarks came return from India on Wednes- A lot of tremendous progress leadership”. noted that the president the strength, spirit and unity
even as his likely Democrat- day, Trump said, “He (Prime was made in terms of rela- Asked about incidents of announced that the US Inter- of the US and India!” “Through-
ic Party rival in the November Minister Modi) is a great gen- tionship -- our relationship with violence , the US president had national Development Finance out our visit we saw monu-
Brides during a mass mar-
presidential elections Bernie tleman, a great leader. It's an India is extraordinary right said, “As far as the individual Corporation (USIDFC) will mental achievements of
riage ceremony in Amrit- Sanders criticised the US pres- incredible country.” now,” Trump said. are sending billions and bil- attacks, I heard about it, but open an office in India. human creativity & proof of
sar on Thursday � AFP ident for what he claimed Trump visited Ahmedabad, “We are going to be doing lions of dollars now to the Unit- I didn't discuss that with him The USIDFC will estab- the infinite capacity of the
was a “failure of leadership” Agra and New Delhi. During a lot of business with India, they ed States,” Trump said in (Modi). That's up to India.” lish a permanent presence in human heart!” she said.

Sunanda death case: The

HC: Centre party in PIL for FIRs against leaders

Delhi High Court on Thurs-
day sought the AAP gov-
ernment's response on
Congress MP Shashi Tha-
roor's plea that the police
be directed to place SG urges court to allow the impleadment application moved by MHA, instead of waiting for petitioners' reply as done by the previous bench
before the trial court cer-
tain tweets of his wife
Sunanda Pushkar before
her death in 2014. PTI statements of Mayawati wants SC-supervised probe:
OIC, USCIRF, BSP chief Mayawati on Thursday demand-
ed a Supreme Court-supervised probe into
I-T raid: The Income Tax
department on Thursday Sanders on the communal violence in parts of north-
raided at least 25 premis-
es linked to Chhattisgarh
Delhi violence east Delhi and said that the Centre and
the AAP government should pitch in
government officials and NEW DELHI, 27 FEBRUARY together to compensate people for the
others on charges of tax loss suffered in the riots.The former Uttar
evasion, officials said. India today rejected the Pradesh CM said police should be given a
Those covered under the observations made by the free hand to control the law and order sit-
action include family mem- Organisation of Islamic Coop- uation in the national capital.In a state-
bers of a IAS officer in eration (OIC), the US Com- ment, she said the recent violence in
the state. PTI mission on International northeast Delhi was much like the 1984
Religious Freedom (USCIRF)
and Democratic presidential anti-Sikh riots. PTI
BJP MLA robbed of mobile: candidate Bernie Sanders
A BJP MLA was robbed of on the violence in Delhi, Sordid tales of vandalised schools in
his mobile phone while particularly that Muslims Delhi: “Welcome to a very happy school” ministries of home and law and justice to
waiting for a cab near Civil were specifically targeted, reads a half-charred board at a private implement the 267th report of the Law
Lines in the city, an official saying these were factually school in Brijpuri area which is now home Commission, prepared in March 2017, on
said on Thursday. MLA inaccurate and misleading to broken desks and burnt books after it
Babveer Singh Luthra was Congress leaders led by party chief Sonia Gandhi walk to meet President Ram Nath Kovind and and appear to be aimed at
hate speech. The panel had suggested
submit a memorandum on the violence in the capital city, in New Delhi on Thursday. � AFP
was vandalised during the violence.Arun amendment in IPC and CrPC by inserting
waiting for a cab when politicising the issue. Modern Senior Secondary School, which is
two motorcycle-borne mis- “Our law enforcing agen- “new section 153C (Prohibiting incitement
over 32 years old, looks no less than a to hatred) and section 505A (Causing fear,
creants approached him PRESS TRUST OF INDIA that any decision at this junc- cies are working on the
cemetery, say officials, who claim the alarm, or provocation of violence in cer-
and snatched the mobile NEW DELHI, 27 FEBRUARY PCI advises media not to glo- ture may not be conducive for ground to prevent violence
phone from his hand, DCP rify Delhi violence: In the restoration of normalcy. The and ensure restoration of damage is estimated to be over Rs 70 lakh. tain cases)”. PTI

(South) said . PTI he Delhi High Court wake of the communal riots decision (on lodging of FIR) confidence and normalcy. “While I am yet to recover from what has
on Thursday made in Delhi, the Press Council of will be taken at an appropri- Prime Minister (Narendra happened at the school, my biggest relief
Pink Floyd's Roger Waters recites poem by
the Centre a party in India has advised the media ate stage in accordance with Modi) has publicly appealed is that children were not in the premises
activist Aamir Aziz, calls CAA 'fascist,
Uproar in Pb the PIL which has
sought lodging of FIRs and
not to glorify violence and
desist from publishing or
The SG also submitted
for peace and brotherhood.
We would urge that irre-
when this happened. I do not even want
to imagine what would have happened if
racist': “Everything will be remembered,
Everything recorded”, Pink Floyd co-
House over arrests in communal violence
in northeast Delhi over the
telecasting pictures likely to
cause revulsion. The PCI also
that the authorities have
examined all the audio/video
sponsible comments are not
made at this sensitive time,''
that was the case,” school principal Jyoti
Rani said. PTI
founder and legendary musician Roger
Kartarpur amended citizenship law and
gave it four weeks to file a reply
drew the media's attention clips and other material includ-
ing that on Twitter and “after
External Affairs Ministry
spokesperson Raveesh Kumar
Waters said recently as he read out Delhi
student Aamir Aziz's poem at
towards the norms of jour-
CBSE postpones class 10, 12 exams: The a protest and described
to the petition. nalistic conduct on covering having carefully considered said in response to ques-
A bench of Chief Justice D of communal disputes and all these materials, a con- tions on the statements made Central Board of Secondary Education has the CAA as “fascist”
CHANDIGARH, 27 FEBRUARY N Patel and Justice C Hari clashes. “News, views or scious decision is taken to defer by the USCIRF, American postponed class 10 and 12 exams sched- and “racist”.A video
Shankar said that “looking at comments relating to com- the decision on the question media and some individuals. uled on 28 and 29 February in the vio- from the protest
Opposition parties creat- the complexity of the situa- munal or religious disput- (of lodging FIR)”. In a statement, the OIC lence-hit North East Delhi and parts of showing Waters
ed an uproar in the Punjab tion”, the Central government es/clashes shall be publish- He also urged the court to said it condemned the recent East Delhi, officials said. The exam post- reciting the English
Assembly on Thursday over was seeking more time to file ed after proper verification allow the impleadment appli- and alarming violence against ponement announcement by the CBSE version of Aziz's
the questioning by police of a reply to the plea which has of facts and presented with cation moved by the Min- Muslims and called upon came for the third time this week due to popular poem “Sab
some pilgrims returning also sought lodging of FIRs due caution and restraint in istry of Home Affairs (MHA), the Indian authorities to communal violence . “In view of a request
from the Kartarpur Sahib against three BJP leaders over a manner which is conducive instead of waiting for the bring the instigators and Yaad Rakha Jayega”
received from the Delhi government and has been circulating wide-
gurdwara in Pakistan. their alleged hate speeches in to the creation of an atmos- petitioners' reply as done by perpetrators of anti-Muslim to avoid inconvenience to students, staff
Punjab jails minister connection with the Citizen- phere congenial to commu- the previous bench. violence to justice. ly on Twitter and other social media plat-
and parents, the exams scheduled for Feb- forms.“This is a young man none of us
Sukhjinder Singh Rand- ship Amendment Act (CAA) nal harmony, amity and “Union of India's implead- “Over 200 million Muslims
hawa told the Assembly related violence. peace,” the norms state. PTI ment cannot depend on the call India home. Widespread
ruary 28 and 29 in North East Delhi and know, his name is Aamir Aziz. He is a
that some pilgrims were On Wednesday, a different yes or no of the petitioner,” anti-Muslims mob violence other affected areas stand cancelled. The young poet and activist in Delhi. He is
questioned following infor- bench of the high court, com- to more than a month old and said Mehta, who also stated has killed 27 and injured next date for the affected students will be involved in the fight against Modi and his
mation from the Intelli- prising of Justices S Muralid- yet instead of waiting for one he was authorised by the LG many more. Trump responds notified shortly,” CBSE Secretary Anurag fascist, racist citizenship law. I will read a
gence Bureau (IB) unit in har and Talwant Singh, had more day the matter was to appear for the police. by saying 'That's up to India'. Tripathi said. PTI little bit from one of his poems,” the musi-
Amritsar. He clarified that expressed anguish over the mentioned by the petitioners Delhi government stand- This is a failure of leadership cian said, criticising the Indian PM. PTI
the state government has police failure to register FIR before the bench headed by ing counsel Rahul Mehra, on human rights,'' Sanders PIL in SC seeking implementation of Law
nothing to do with the ques- against the three BJP leaders Justice Muralidhar on the who also claimed to be appear- had tweeted yesterday. Commission's report on hate speech: A
tioning and it was done on -- Anurag Thakur, Parvesh ground that there was “great ing for the police, said he will In a statement, USCIRF Tarigami demands action against BJP lead-
plea was filed in the Supreme Court on ers: Blaming Delhi Police's inaction and
the directive of the IB. Verma and Kapil Mishra -- over urgency”. not get into the issue of Chair Tony Perkins stated, Thursday seeking direction to the Centre
MLAs belonging to the their alleged hate speeches and Mehta said the petitioners appearance and instead urged “The ongoing violence in politics of hate spread by BJP as reasons
to implement a Law Commission's report
Opposition parties accused had asked the police com- could have waited for one the bench to issue some direc- Delhi and the reported attacks for Delhi violence which has consumed 37
the government of harass- missioner to take a “con- more day as the matter was tions in view of the serious- against Muslims, their shops, which suggested changes in penal and lives so-far, CPI (M) leader Mohammad
ing pilgrims making use of scious decision” on it by listed for hearing before the ness of the situation prevail- and their houses of worship procedural laws to effectively deal with Yousuf Tarigami alleged that the BJP gov-
the visa-free Kartarpur Cor- Thursday. Justice Muralid- Chief Justice's bench on Thurs- ing in north-east district of the are greatly disturbing. One of the offence of hate speech.The filing of ernment didn’t even tolerate the judge of
ridor to visit the Sikh shrine, har was transferred late last day. city. the essential duties of any the PIL, which might be taken up within Delhi High Court - who had on Wednesday
just across the border from evening to the Punjab and The SG said that everyone Mehra said, “The court responsible government is to few days, assumed significance as the criticised the government as well as the
Gurdaspur district. Haryana High Court, days was trying to restore nor- yesterday had asked why FIRs provide protection and phys- Delhi High Court has been criti- police for the violence and transferred
The uproar in the House after the Supreme Court col- malcy in the national capital regarding hate speeches were ical security for its citizens, cal of some of the alleged
comes days after Punjab legium had made the rec- and urged the court not to not lodged when FIRs for regardless of faith. We urge
him.It is clear that the violence in Delhi
hate speeches made by has the sanction of the police and
Director General of Police ommendation. intervene at this stage as it other offences have been reg- the Indian government to take politicians ahead of mas-
Dinkar Gupta triggered a row, When the arguments com- would not be conducive to istered”. serious efforts to protect that of the powers that govern
sive rioting in north-east them.. Both PM and Union home
suggesting in the media menced post-lunch on Thurs- maintaining law and order in He also told the bench Muslims and others target- Delhi. BJP leader and
that Pakistani agencies could day before the new bench, the city. that as on date 48 FIRs have ed by mob violence.” minister maintained silence for
make overtures to Indian pil- Solicitor General (SG) Tushar He further said: “Consid- been registered in connection The USCIRF quoted lawyer Ashwini Upad- three days when mayhem, madness
grims to Kartarpur Sahib. Mehta at the outset said some ering the prevailing situa- with the deaths, arson, loot and reports to say that several hyay, in his PIL, has and terror was ruling the roads and
SAD’s legislative wing of the alleged hate speeches tion, it is the considered opin- other offences committed in mosques have been set alight sought a direction to the streets of Delhi, Tarigami claimed. SNS
leader leader Sharanjit Singh in question were three weeks ion of the police authorities that area. or vandalised. SNS
Dhillon raised the issue
during the Zero Hour.
“Devotees are being ques-
tioned in police stations by
Punjab police,” he said, cit-
Remember Tienanmen
Square, Beijing in 1988?
The Gujarat model has
been repeated in Delhi.
The Delhi Police's ‘inac-
tion’ towards protecting
Our country has fallen
into the hands of despots.
“The people of Delhi
ignored hate and voted
Riot-hit Guj town Khambat
ing a media report, and
sought a reply from the
And how Deng Xiaoping
handled it? Perhaps there
Whether the home minister
could not handle the situa-
the lives and properties of
minorities in the national
More than 35 people have
died. They are indulging in
for the AAP in the name
of development (in just declared ‘disturbed’ area
Congress-led government. is a lesson there on how tion in Delhi or he himself capital is a ‘reminiscent’ of dividing the electorate on held polls).The Sangh pari-
Aam Aadmi Party legis- to handle the engineered had given such instructions the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. It's communal lines for vote bank var could not accept this STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Khambat town in central
lator Kultar Singh Sand- disturbances of NE Delhi! to the police should be shocking. No one wants a politics. There is still no case and as a result Delhi is AHMEDABAD, 27 FEBRUARY Gujarat remained tense since
hwan described the ques- I'm sure all comrades will probed. He should resign repeat of what happened filed against Kapil Mishra for burning in the fire of hate Sunday when members of two
tioning of pilgrims as agree!” immediately. in 1984. his instigating acts. Even as the Khambat town in communities clashed and
“shameful” and sought the ADVOCATE RAKESH RATHOD Anand district is limping back indulged incidents arson and
immediate dismissal of DGP TATHAGATA ROY NAWAB MALIK NARESH GUJRAL SIDDARAMAIAH VANJARA COMMUNITY to normalcy, the Gujarat Gov- stone pelting.
Akali leader Bikram Singh Disturbed Areas Act, 1991, in nearly two dozen vehicles
Majithia sought the sus- a substantial part of the city. were torched during the clash-
pension of Gurdaspur’s
senior superintendent of
police and a station house
Relatives wait outside mortuary for bodies to be handed over Coming as it did, the invo-
cation of the law to prevent
panic sale of properties comes
es.Failure to control the com-
munal clashes and arson tak-
ing place in their presence has
officer. Jails minister Rand- PRESS TRUST OF INDIA ities to check whether were deployment, it is returning to head and was declared brought on the 18th anniversary of the led to transfer of senior police
hawa quoted from a letter NEW DELHI, 27 FEBRUARY brought dead or are being
Family members of peo- normal but there is still fear dead by doctors at GTB hos- Godhra train inferno which officials.
written on February 17 by treated. ple, who are missing, among people. “No one is pital. He used to work in a plas- had triggered an un-prece- More than 70 people
an IB official to the Gur- Still to come to terms with the Relatives of 35-year-old also have been asking able to sleep peacefully. There tic scrap manufacturing unit dented communal riots in belonging to both the com-
daspur senior SSP, seeking loss of their loved ones in Mudassir Khan who have hospital authorities to is still fear. Children are not and lived with his wife and chil- most parts of north and cen- munities have been arrested
the questioning of some violence in parts of northeast been waiting at the mortuary check whether they going to school, everyone is dren in Kardampuri area. tral Gujarat. till Thursday while 3,000 peo-
pilgrims. Delhi, relatives are anxious- at GTB hospital said they are were brought dead or preferring to stay indoors and Many relatives and friends The Disturbed Areas Act, ple, including former BJP
He said the state gov- ly waiting outside GTB hos- still to recover from the shock. are being treated we are not even using our vehi- of riot-affected victims are in force in Gujarat for more MLA Sanjay Patel and former
ernment will take strict pital's mortuary for the post- “We have been coming cles to commute. We are in waiting in the hospital anx- than three decades, prohibits councillors have been booked
action against the SSP and mortem to be conducted here since last two days. Yes- “We hope to get the body shock over what happened iously to get details about panic sale of properties by res- for the violence.
the concerned SHO if they before the bodies are hand- terday, the in-charge IO said soon. We will conduct the within three days,” he said. their loved ones. Some of idents of troubled areas to The first incident of vio-
are found at fault.Later AAP ed over to them. that files were ready and the last rites today itself,” his Mudassir was outside his them claimed that neither members of another com- lence in Khambat was report-
and Lok Insaaf Party MLAs Family members of people, post-mortem would be con- nephew Arbaaz Khan said. house in Kardampuri on Mon- police nor the hospital author- munity--- a process that fur- ed from Akbarpura area of the
also walked into the Well of who are missing since the ducted. Today, we have been Talking about the situation day when he was attacked by ities are telling them exactly ther aggravates the ghet- town but it spread to other
the House, and staged their violence broke out, also have waiting here since 8 am and in his area in Mustafabad, a mob, his family said. He sus- when will the post-mortem be toization of the urban areas areas on Monday and Tues-
separate walkouts. SNS been asking hospital author- the post-mortem is underway. Arbaaz said with security tained bullet injury on his conducted. after communal clashes. day too.

Previous goverments are responsible for dip
in per capita income in Uttar Pradesh

BJP using Savarkar as shield for Naidu detained at airport

neo-nationalism politics: Sena YSRCP supporters raise slogans of ‘Go Back Babu’ over his opposition to proposed 3 capital plan
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA the Sena said in its editorial in the Republic Day? Will the neo- STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE left his car and tried to walk attempt to clear the way for
MUMBAI, 27 FEBRUARY party mouthpiece 'Saamana'. fans of Savarkar throw some HYDERABAD, 27 FEBRUARY but was prevented by police the convoy. TDP leader Nakka
“Veer Savarkar is not mere- light on it? Demand for passing and security and then he sat Anand Babu alleged the pro-

The Shiv Sena on Thursday ly a subject of discussion, but he a resolution in Maharashtra ormer Andhra Pra- down there on protest. testers were “paid artists”
accused the BJP of using Hin- should be practised in life. Assembly in honour of Savarkar desh chief minister A visibly angry Naidu ar- brought in by YSRCP in lieu
dutva ideologue Veer Savarkar Savarkar's life symbolised sac- if fine. and TDP president N gued why he was not allowed of money.
as a “shield” to play the politics rifice, principles, radiance and “But what happened to the Chandrababu Naidu to proceed for his meeting However, YSRCP leaders
of neo-nationalism. struggle,” it added. letters sent to Prime Minister was detained by police at despite having permission claimed it was not just their
Terming the BJP's love for “Everyone paid respects to Narendra Modi by former chief Visakhapatnam today after from the police. He wondered activists who protested but
Savarkar as “fake”, the Sena said Savarkar on his death anniver- minister Devendra Fadnavis in YSRCP supporters blocked why he was being stopped by all those who wanted
that instead of targeting the sary (observed on Wednesday). which he sought Bharat Ratna his way from the airport for when he and his party had north Andhra to develop
Maharashtra government, the But those who pretend to remem- for Savarkar? The Centre did almost five hours, raising slo- never stopped Reddy from along with coastal region.
state BJP leaders should ask ber Savarkar, have they really not even take note of the letters. gans of “Go Back Babu” over his padayatra when TDP They said Naidu’s claim that
why the party- ruled Centre has understood him? BJP says it will This is an insult of Maharash- his opposition to the pro- was in power. “Let the police 5,000 people came from
failed to honour the freedom corner the government on the tra and Veer Savarkar,” the Sena posed three capital plan do whatever they can. They Pulivendula was false. “Police
fighter so far. issue of Savarkar. But those who said. and declaring Visakhapat- porters who even sat in front capital plan of chief minis- can fire at me or kill me in had the only option of send-
It also said that if the BJP themselves are cornered, should After his release from nam as executive capital. of his vehicle. ter YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. an encounter,” said Naidu, ing back Naidu rather than
thought that it could corner the not talk about cornering others,” Andaman (Cellular Jail), Savarkar Naidu was scheduled to Ruling party supporters The YSRCP leaders and furious with the police. stopping the thousand of pro-
Sena over the issue of Savarkar, the Uddhav Thackeray-led party devoted his life to social work in hold a meeting with farm- carried posters with Naidu’s supporters who had assem- Later the police detained testers who were asking him
then it was mistaken. said. Instead of targeting the Ratnagiri. ers at Pendurthi in Vizag photograph but crossed out bled in large numbers tried him under section 151 of to go back. It was for the po-
“The BJP leaders in Maha- Maharashtra government, “Political leaders, including and Vizianagaram districts in black. They shouted “Go to hurl eggs, tomatoes and CrPC to prevent cognizable lice to act to save law and
rashtra declared that they would whether the BJP-ruled Centre has Mahatma Gandhi and RSS as a part of his Praja Chait- back Babu”. They also car- even footwear at the former offences and took him back order, said Ambati Ram-
target the (state) government on honoured Savarkar is the ques- founder Hedgewar, met him. nya Yatra. Both TDP and ried banners which pro- CM’s convoy. They attacked to the airport lounge to send babu.
the issue of Veer Savarkar. This tion that the BJP leaders in the Gandhiji sought his cooperation YSRCP supporters had gath- claimed the TDP chief as a the vehicles of other TDP lea- him back to Vijayawada. Other passengers had to
makes it clear that Savarkar is not state should ask, it added. for eradication of untouchabil- ered near the airport since traitor who has betrayed ders with eggs and tomatoes TDP leaders questioned face the brunt of the agita-
a subject of respect or faith for “Why didn't the Centre con- ity and propagation of Swadeshi,” early morning as Naidu re- the cause of North Andhra. who had come to the airport how the police allowed such tion as they were forced to
the BJP, but just a political issue,” fer Bharat Ratna on Savarkar on it added. ached Vizag around 11:30. Naidu has been leading to receive Naidu, including a large number of support- wait till the airport author-
But his convoy was unable a protest to continue Ama- party MLA K Atchannaidu ers of YSRCP inside the air- ities made alternative arr-
to leave the airport due to ravati as the capital of the and V Ganesh Kumar. At port premises. They alleged angements for them to depart
the protests by YSRCP sup- state and opposed the three one point the TDP president the police did not make any from the airport.

I, NEMAI Sarkar, S/o. late

Sidweshwar Sarkar, R/o.
Tentulbaria, North 24
name and address on the
face of the sealed cover.
Such offer will be received
Nadda: An ordinary‘worker’ can Shah to address pro-CAA
become ‘president’ only in BJP meeting in Bhubaneswar
Parganas, W.B.-743245, do by the Receiver and will be
hereby declare that Nemai opened in the Court. E-tender is invited
I, SEEMA Bhattacharyya, Sarkar & Nemai Pramanick Anima Chakraborty against Tender ID No.:
spouse of No. 287887‘R’ is same and one identical Advocate and Receiver 2020_UOK_275093_1 for
Sergeant Dipendranath person, vide affidavit sworn Bar Association Room No. 3 Purchase of 15 Nos. of
Bhattacharyya, R/o. Vill. + before Ld. 1st Class High Court at Calcutta Split Air Conditioner for STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE with state BJP leaders.
P.O.: Baduria (Rathkhola), Magistrate, Kolkata dated Department of
P.S.: Baduria, Dist.: North 24 24.02.2020, No. 2781.
Mobile: 9830035587
Mathematics. Last date BHUBANESWAR, 27 FEBRUARY He is scheduled to stay over
Parganas, Pin-743401, West (B01844) (B01850)
for submission of quota- night, visit Puri Jagannath
Bengal have changed my tion: 09.03.2020. For Union home minister Amit Temple and Lingaraj Temple,
name from Seema I, MRIDULA Bal, W/o. Sri details please visit web-
Bhattacharyya to Sima Dulal Chandra Bal, D/o. site: www.klyuniv.ac.in Shah is scheduled to address before inaugurating super spe-
Bhattacharyya, vide affi- Amiya Biswas, have (for viewing only) and a pro-CAA public meeting ciality private hospital and
davit sworn before the 1st changed my name from http://wbtenders.gov.in
Class Judicial Magistrate, Mridula Biswas to Mridula (for viewing & tender here, the first since the violent return to Delhi on 29 Febru-
TENDER No. WBTBCL/2020 submission). clashes in Delhi, tomorrow. ary. The timing of his visit and
Basirhat Court on Bal, both are same and one
02-0015 — West Bengal Text Sd/-
30.01.2020. identical person, vide affi- The state unit of the BJP has CAA meeting drew sharp crit-
(B01837) davit sworn before Notary Book Corporation Ltd. Registrar
Public, Kolkata dated invites sealed offer from (B01845) been on the overdrive mobil- icism from the Congress here.
I, ALAUDDIN Ahmed, S/o. 19.02.2020. paper mills / authorised ising people for the meeting. “Instead of coming here
late Janmahammed Biswas, (B01843) dealer for supply of 58/60
DOB 02.04.1957, residing at gsm crème wove paper. For Shah who is to chair the East- and preaching about CAA,
R a g h u n a t h g a n j , I, MOHIUDDIN, S/o. late details and any amendment UNIVERSITY OF ern Zonal Council meeting in Shah should have concen-
Darbeshpara, Murshidabad, Makdum of Q-660, Pakaria please visit our website: NORTH BENGAL the morning where Odisha trated on dousing the flames
WB shall henceforth be Talab, Kol.-24, henceforth be www.wbtextbookcorpora
known as Alauddin Ahamed known as Mohiuddin, S/o. tion.com
Office of the Registrar CM Naveen Patnaik,West Ben- in Delhi,” said veteran Congress
for all purposes, vide late Makdum, vide affidavit (B01848) e-TENDER
gal CM Mamata Banerjee and MLA Suresh Routray. Sheer
Affidavit 3031 Notarized, Md before the 1st Class Judicial
Abdul Latif dt. 25.02.20 at Magistrate at Alipore on Following e-Tenders are their counterparts Nitish Kumar incompetence of the Union
e-TENDER is invited for invited from reputed
Jangipur Court. 10.01.2020. Mohiuddin, S/o.
Construction of Academic
and Hemant Soren are to at- home minister has been exp-
(B01841) late Makdum and Md Vendors, for details
Mainuddin Qureshi, S/o. Building. For details of ten- please visit: https:// tend, will address the CAA osed. It seems he is keen on
I, CHAMPA Paul, father – late Md Makdum is the der and tender documents wbtenders.gov.in rally in the afternoon and also moving out of Delhi for a break,
Lt. Ramesh Chandra Paul, same and one identical may be downloaded from Sl.No.; NIT No.; Tender
http://www.wbtenders.gov. Id respectively are: hold a close-door meeting he quipped.
residing at Harihat, Sakhari person.
Patty, P.O. + P.S.: Katwa, (B01847) in 1. 241/R-2020; 2020_ STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE There was no one in pol- try, who has established
Dist.: Purba Bardhaman, by (Tender ID No. DHE_275083_1. SHIMLA, 27 FEBRUARY itics in my family. BJP is the himself as international
mistake my name and 2020_DHE_275233_1) 2. 243/R-2020; 2020_
D.O.B. is recorded as Kanak Tender Ref No. DHE_275112_1. only party, which doesn’t leader.
Chapa Pal, D/o. Ramesh Ch. WB/BC/NIT-02/2019-20.
3. 244/R-2020; 2020_ Bharatiya Janata Party’s go by dynasty or individ- The national BJP Pres-
Pal and 28.10.1957 in my DHE_275130_1.
Principal Registrar national president, Jagat ualism. It goes by ideolo- ident hails from Bilaspur
Higher Secondary Admit Behala College
Card, by affidavit issued by SALE NOTICE (B01851) Prakash Nadda was today gy.”He said most other district of Himachal
Honourable SDEM Katwa Offers are invited from accorded warm welcome political parties in the Pradesh. He has remained
Court on 14.02.2020, correc- public pursuant to solemn
tion has been made to my order for sale by public auc- on his first visit to home country indulge in ‘van- MLA thrice, once leader of
UNIVERSITY OF state Himachal Pradesh shvad’, ‘parivarvad’ BJP Legislative Party and
name and date of birth, now
my name is Champa Paul,
tion dated 02.09.2019
passed by Hon’ble High KALYANI ALL after elevation to the top (dynasty) or a particular twice as minister in
D/o. Lt. Ramesh Chandra Court at Calcutta in G.A. No. E-tender is invited
Paul and my D.O.B. is
19.10.1956. Champa Paul,
1946 of 2018 of C.S. No. 272 against Tender ID No.: CLASSIFIED party post in the country samudayey (community), Himachal government.
of 1933 in sealed cover
2020_UOK_275110_1 for last month. but BJP is a party with a dif- He had moved to the
D/o. Lt. Ramesh Chandra
Paul and Kanak Chapa Pal,
enclosing therewith
Demand Draft / Bankers
Extension of Construction ARE Elated over the response ference, which works on national BJP politics in
D/o. Ramesh Ch. Pal is the Cheque or like instrument at Bengali Department of people at ‘Abhinandan ‘vicharvad’ (ideology). 2010 by quitting his cab-
same, single and identical
drawn in favour of under-
signed Receiver “Anima
(Ground Floor and First
Floor). Estimated
CARRIED rally’ in Solan and then at “We know who is going inet berth.
Amount: Rs. 42,83,783. a civic reception in Shim- to be the next president of Avoiding any reference
(B01842) Chakraborty” as Earnest
Money Deposit not less that Last date for submission FREE OF la, Nadda said he has Congress. It cannot go to controversial issues in
I, KULA Prasad Thakur, 20% of the value offered in of quotation: 16.03.2020.
S/o. Lt. Bishnu Prasad connection with the sale of For details please visit COST become the party president beyond one family. We the country, he told the BJP
Thakur, do hereby declare the immovable property website: www.klyuniv. with the blessings of ‘Dev know that who is going to workers that they were
that Kula Prasad Thakur & being 5-storied brick built ac.in (for viewing only)
Kali Prasad Thakur is same building constructed on a and http://wbtenders. ON Bhoomi’ and its people and be President of NCP, SP, BSP fortunate to have associ-
and one identical person, total land area of 12 cottahs gov.in (for viewing & ten- he will never let his home or Telugu Desam. But ated with this party. “My
vide affidavit (No. 2703)
sworn before Ld 1st Class
14 square feet being situat-
ed at 115, Cotton Street,
der submission).
OUR state down. nobody knows this in BJP, friends in other political
Magistrate Court, Alipore, Kolkata-700007. While sub- “I am from a small state. except for the fact that a parties keep asking me
19.02.20. mitting such offer, the
(B01846) WEBSITE I could never imagine that worker will become the the scope of entering into
(B01849) offerer shall not write his
I would get such a big President,” he said. BJP now. When I ask them
responsibility. But this can He said it is BJP where why- they say they are fed
only happen in BJP that an a person from an ordi- up of raising slogans for one
ordinary worker can nary family has become family all the time,” he
become party president. Prime Minister of the coun- said.


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Dhankhar asks state poll commissioner to take steps to avoid rerun of 2018 panchayat poll violence
STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE stake holders, Dhankhar told mission must take all steps to
Governor Jagdeep that as a constitutional body dispel fears and impressions
Dhankhar urges the the commission “is obligated that it is an extension of the

overnor Jagdeep commissioner to in- to provide a level-playing field government and must engage
Dhankhar asked form him regarding all to all parties and candidates” in dialogue with all stake
State Election Com- the steps taken under and “focused that free and fair holders,” the statement read.
missioner Sourav election giving all parties He stated that the State Elec-
Das to take necessary steps to Art 243(3) of the Con- equal opportunities is at the tion Commission needs to
ensure that the upcoming stitution. He takes heart of Democracy in its true flag the issue to police and
municipal polls are not vio- stock of the arrange- spirit.” Under Article 243K, the administrative authorities
Special operation under- lence-ridden and not a rep- ments for the polls commission has all the pow- that any partisan approach
way at the Jolly Grant air- etition of the scenario that was ers that Election Commis- would invite exemplary con-
port in Dehradun to con-
scheduled on second
noticed in the panchayat elec- sion of India has under Arti- sequences.
trol the menace of jackals. tions held in May 2018. or third week of April cle 324 of the Constitution Dhankhar expressed hope
The forest department has Das and commission sec- wherein it has the authority that “timely precautionary
fixed five cages inside the
retary Nilanjan Sandilya regarding all the steps taken ensuring fair and peaceful and competence to ensure that steps” by the commissioner
airport to trap jackals,
which run on the runway
reached Raj Bhawan at 11:30 under Article 243(3) of the Con- polls” and suggested that a one party doesn’t have an would “prevent unwholesome
and pose danger to the a.m. today and the meeting stitution. Dhankhar took stock prior engagement with the undue advantage over anoth- scenario and instil confidence
movement of aircraft. SNS continued for 20 minutes. of the arrangements for the concerned administrative and er just because it is in power, in the electorate” and called
During the meeting, Dhan- polls so as to ensure peace- police heads concerned would the release stated adding: upon voters to exercise their
khar told Das that “all steps ful, orderly and fair elections, be wholesome and productive. “State Election Commission right to vote fairly and fear-
need to be taken to ensure that which is scheduled to be held “State Election Commission like the Election Commis- lessly. Meanwhile, Das
Delhi pollution control: there is no violence and the in the second or third week of like the Election Commis- sion of India is the de facto boss informed Dhankhar that the
Environment minister kind of scenario noticed in the April. sion of India is the de facto boss of the bureaucracy.” Grievance Management Sys-
Gopal Rai said on Thursday panchayat elections held in He told the commission- of the bureaucracy”, stated the He stressed that the com- tem will be in place by the sec-
that the AAP government May 2018. The polls then were er that “in required situa- release issued by Raj Bhawan. mission should ensure level- ond week of March and the
will prepare a three-level reportedly hit with wide- tions” the latter may “take Stressing on giving all par- playing field to all as it is fun- commission will hold a meet-
action plan~ quarterly, spread violence”. He urged the recourse even to transferring ties equal opportunities and damental and non negotiable. ing with the District Magistrates
annually and five years ~ commissioner to inform him officials ... in the interest of engaging in dialogue with all “The State Election Com- on 4 March.
to reduce pollution in the
Capital. Experts suggested
the government to issue a
direction that no outdoor India, Myanmar ink MoUs for development of Rakhine J&K authorities
construction activities
should be conducted in STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE The two countries agreed
clear lands
winters when the pollu-
tion levels rise.
NEW DELHI, 27 FEBRUARY to cooperate in countering ter-
rorist groups and their actions.
encroached by
Roshni Act
India today reiterated its com- Both sides condemned

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mitment to support Myanmar’s
efforts for promoting peace,
terrorism in all its forms and
manifestations and empha- beneficiaries
visiting Mumbai will soon stability and the socio-eco- sised the need for stronger
be able to watch a cere- nomic development in international partnership in JAMMU, 27 FEBRUARY
monial drill at the state Rakhine State which was countering terrorism and vio-
police headquarters on rocked by violence against lent extremism, including The Jammu authorities have
the lines of the famous Rohingya Muslims as the two through increased sharing of during the past week cleared
Changing The Guard cere- countries signed ten MoUs in information and intelligence. encroachments by influen-
mony at Buckingham diverse fields. India and Myanmar reit- tial persons over 6,500 acres
Palace. The announce- Four of the MoUs pertain erated that defence and secu- of prime land across Jammu
ment was made by Maha- to launching development rity cooperation remained and Kashmir after the High
rashtra Tourism minister projects in the Rakhine State Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Myanmar’s President one of the key pillars of Myan- Court took serious note of
Aaditya Thackeray. PTI under the Rakhine State Devel- Win Myint before a meeting in New Delhi on Thursday. � AFP mar-India bilateral relations. the “loot” of the govern-
opment Programme. They commended the pos- ment and forest lands at
The agreements were A joint statement issued by for Myanmar’s efforts toward itive momentum in exchang- throwaway price under the
Watchman convicted: A exchanged after wide-ranging the two sides said India also national reconciliation and ing visits of defence person- Roshni Act introduced dur-
Hyderabad court on talks between Prime Minister expressed its support for the democratic transition to estab- nel. The two leaders acknowl- ing the regime of Farooq
Thursday sentenced a 62- Narendra Modi and visiting bilateral agreements signed lish a democratic federal edged that the MoU on Defe- Abdullah in 1990.
year-old man to 10-years Myanmar President U Win between Myanmar and union. Modi expressed India’s nce Cooperation, signed in July The district authorities are
rigorous imprisonment for Myint. The Myanmar President Bangladesh for the repatria- full support for Myanmar’s 2019, had set the path for busy pulling down encroach-
having unnatural sex with arrived here yesterday on a tion of the displaced persons peace process, being pur- closer cooperation. The Indi- ment of forest and other
a boy in May 2019. First four-day visit to India. He from Rakhine State and hoped sued through a dialogue an side reiterated its com- lands of the government
Additional Metropolitan was given a ceremonial wel- that the two countries would between the government, mitment to assist Myanmar but the sprawling Bathindi
Sessions Judge Suneetha come at the Rashtrapati Bha- continue to work together in military and ethnic armed in capacity building of Myan- colony that has come up here
Kunchala found the van this morning. Later, Exter- this direction. groups under the nation- mar Defence Services and on the prime forest land in
watchman guilty and nal Affairs minister S Jais- The statement said India wide ceasefire agreement enhance cooperation to add- the outskirts of Jammu con-
imposed `2,000 fine. PTI hankar called on him. also reaffirmed its support framework. ress security concerns. tinues to be an acid test for ICICI Bank Limited
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also asked all mass organisa- and all set to meet Amit Shah Amit Shah’ at Sahid Minar that State Chhatra Parishad activists the Sun is silent on this issue, rights on encroachments
tions, students’ platforms and in Bhubaneswar tomorrow. had witnessed many protest took out a procession on AJC Parishad leader Prasad said. to the tune of about 2,50,000 GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
common people cutting across And Shah is also coming to programmes including Bose Road and burnt an effi- She seems to have said a acres of land also came MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
their religious colours to stage Kolkata on Sunday, hardly a Rabindranath Tagore’s his- gy of Union home minister, goodbye to the times when she under criticism as allegations
state-wide protest against the day after the Bhubneswar toric decision to renounce Amit Shah near Nonapukur was a strident critic of the BJP, were made that the step of METAL & STEEL FACTORY, ISHAPORE
union home minister Amit meet, to attend his party rally,” the Knighthood award in tram depot today charging him he said. the Kashmir-centric gov- NORTH 24 PARGANAS, W.B.-743144
Shah on Sunday when he Md Salim alleged. protest against Jallianwala of failing to combat the vio- The chief minister is pay- ernment was towards alter-
would attend a rally organised “Her party won’t make any Bagh massacre in 1941,” he said lence in the national Capital ing lip service to secularism ing the demography of the WALK-IN INTERVIEW
by Bengal BJP at the Sahid protest against BJP as well Shah requesting people to maintain over the last few days. while pandering to the BJP, Hindu majority Jammu. The For hiring of TWO (02) (MBBS Doctors) FOR 6
Minar ground. whose hands have already communal harmony in the This is a rehearsal of the agi- Prasad said. The meeting court’s observation came MONTHS at ORDNANCE FACTORY HOSPITAL,
Md Salim, CPI-M polit- become bloody with bloods state. tation we are planning to between the Union home after the J&K government
buro member, today said, of riot victims in Delhi. The Earlier in January when organise against Shah when minister and the chief min- filed a status report on the ISHAPORE on Contract basis.
“Why is Mamata Banerjee state government is failed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi he visits Kolkata on 1 March. ister is scheduled to be held beneficiaries of the Roshni The Walk-in Interview has been scheduled on
silent at a time when vio- prevent BJP that is sponsor- visited Kolkata there had been This is an occasion when tomorrow at Bhubaneshwar Act, which was scrapped in 20-03-2020 from 10-30 A.M. onwards.
lence is ravaging Delhi claim- ing politics of religious divi- a state-wide protest against the actions of Congress and is another indicator of TMC- November 2018 by then
ing so many lives including a sions and hatred in Bengal. We him shouting slogans ‘go back the ruling party in this state, BJP bonhomie, he claimed. governor Satya Pal Malik. SNS Candidates with MBBS Degree from MCI recognized
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MUMBAI, 27 FEBRUARY at Goa airport reviewed:
A high-level meeting was The issue of selling of around
The Maharashtra Health held at the Dabolim interna- 5 lakh fake degrees by two PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Former chief minister
Department said on Thursday tional airport near here in private universities of MUMBAI, 27 FEBRUARY Prithviraj Chavan (Congress)
that a total of 55,785 travel- Goa on Thursday to review the Himachal Pradesh rocked the said it was during his tenure
ers have been screened for pos- arrangements to screen pas- state Assembly with Congress The Maharashtra legislative that a committee was set up
sible novel coronavirus infec- sengers for the novel coron- raising the issue during Assembly on Thursday unan- on the issue under the chair-
tion at the Mumbai interna- avirus (Covid-19). Question Hour in the House. imously passed a resolution manship of litterateur Rang-
tional airport so far. Goa Health Minister Vish- Raising the issue under recommending to the Cen- nath Pathare who gave a 500-
Passengers arriving from gy's (NIV) reports. wajit Rane chaired the meet- point of order, leader of the tre to accord Marathi the page report on classical lan-
12 Covid-19 affected countries At present, five persons ing, which was also attended Opposition Mukesh Agni- status of a “classical lan- guage status for Marathi.
~ China, Hong Kong, Thailand, are quarantined -- three at by Union health ministry's hotri said it was a serious guage”. The resolution was “We forwarded the report
Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Naidu Hospital in Pune and joint secretary Alok Saxena, issue and the state govern- moved by minister for Marathi to the Centre in July 2013. But
Nepal, Indonesia, Vietnam, two at Mumbai's Kasturba hos- along with officials from the ment didn’t inform the house. language Subhash Desai. then there was a change in
Italy, Iran and Malaysia~ are pital. Reports of swab samples Airports Authority of India and “The issue has been raised The one line resolution government (at the Centre in
being screened at the Mum- of three of these passengers the state health department. by the University Grants asked the Centre to take a deci- May 2014). “In the last few
bai airport. were awaited from the NIV. “We have taken adequate Commission and state Edu- sion to declare Marathi as a years, efforts to get classical
Those who are suspected All travelers from the precautions to screen pas- cation minister Suresh “classical language”. Speak- status for the Marathi lan-
to have contracted the dead- Wuhan city of China -- the sengers arriving at the airport. Bhardwaj should have ing on the issue, Food and Civil guage have not yielded result.
ly infection are sent to isola- epicentre of the outbreak We will ensure that all pas- informed the house on his Supplies minister Chhagan At the same, five languages
tion facilities for treatment. of epidemic -- are being iso- sengers are examined and own,” Agnihotri said. Bhujbal said Marathi was an have been declared as clas-
However, no case of coro- lated and tested, whether suspected cases are identified,” He demanded thorough ancient language, older than sical,” he said.
navirus infection has come to they show any symptoms are Rane told reporters after the probe into the entire episode even Sanskrit. Ashish Shelar (BJP) said the
light in the state so far, the not, the Health Department meeting. and strict against the private All political parties in the Marathi language was 1,500
Health Department said in the said. Follow-up at home is con- Arrangements are in place univerisities for indulging in state should step up efforts to 2,000 years old and there
statement. ducted for the travelers from at the airport so that people such irregularities. State to persuade the Centre to was proof for back this claim.
As many as 98 travelers who Covid-19-affected countries are safe, he said, adding aware- Education minister Suresh accord classical language The development came on
had arrived from Covid-19- who do not show any symp- ness is being spread about Bhardwaj responding to the status to Marathi, he said. 'Marathi Bhasha Din' (Marathi
affected areas were quaran- toms during the screening at Covid-19. Saxena said coop- Opposition’s charge, said The Assembly also unan- language day) which is cel-
tined in hospitals across the the airport. “To date, out of 312 eration extended by all state UGC had received com- imously passed a bill which ebrated on February 27, the
state, but 95 of them tested neg- travelers, 228 have complet- governments has helped curb plaint against 13 universities makes Marathi a compulso- birth anniversary of poet
ative for the virus as per the ed their follow-up of 14 days,” spread of the deadly virus in and among these, two uni- ry subject across all schools and Jnanpith award winner
National Institute of Virolo- the department said. the country. versities were from HP. SNS in the state. late V V Shirwadkar.

Incorporating and directly descended

from THE FRIEND OF INDIA - Founded 1818
Turkey & Subcontinent A MEMBER

Mr Trump in India It is important to recognise that unlike the Middle Eastern theatre which is contiguous Saving the ozone
he diplomatic irony has been rather excep- to Turkish borders and direct interests, pandering to Pakistani urgency is realpolitik
remember growing up hearing
tionally bitter. Donald Trump’s 36-hour visit to
India was somewhat pushed out of focus by
and reflective of the carefully calibrated Turkish chessboard moves. India must call about the expanding gigantic
ozone hole over Antarctica. Scien-
the communal flare-up that has overwhelmed Turkey's bluff and hypocrisy on terrorism, as it will remain contextually linked to Pakistan's tists repeatedly warned us that deple-
parts of Delhi, with the death toll rising to 27 till tion of the ozone layer would mean
Thursday afternoon. And yet the US President and
own incorrigibility, duplicity and infamy that we would lose our protection
Prime Minister Narendra Modi were able to convey against harmful UV rays. They pre-
a robust message to the west of the Radcliffe Line, dicted increased incidences of skin
thanks largely to their personal chemistry. And cancers in humans and ecosystem
collapse if humanity did not act
unlike some previous US Presidents, Mr Trump immediately and collectively to stop
chose not to follow up his visit to India with anoth- using ozone-depleting substances
er to Pakistan... as often as not to sing a different such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFC)
piece. No, he hasn’t played a game of footsie while and hydrofluorocarbon (HFC).
on his first trip to the subcontinent - in an election Last year, NASA reported that the
year to boot. Unmistakable is the emphatic ring to ozone hole over Antarctica was the
the joint appeal to Pakistan to ensure that its terri- smallest that it had been since it was
tory was not used to launch terror attacks on India. first discovered in 1982. NASA report-
Furthermore, the government in Islamabad, not to ed that the hole had reached its largest
forget the GHQ in Rawalpindi, has been asked to size in 2000 and that it is expected to
return to its 1980 level by 2070. While
“bring to justice” the perpetrators of the Mumbai some of this shrinking has been a
and Pathankot outrages; the two leaders might as result of abnormal Antarctic weather
well have added Pulwama to the frightful list of ter- during a handful of anomalous years,
ror strikes. It is quite apparent that both countries scientists attribute much of this
have utilised the opportunity to condemn terrorist progress to the successful eradication
proxies and cross-border terrorism. The concerted of ozone-depleting substances from
signal that has been emitted to Pakistan assumes human industrial activity. This ozone
deeper significance when contextualised with last problem occurred when ozone-
depleting gases like CFC and HFC

week's decision of the Financial Action Task Force
ncient India’s connection ship position. Psychologically, a more tangible and strategic Kashmir (sic) and Turkey will drifted up to the stratosphere and
(FATF) to retain the country on the “grey list” for its with Anatolia dates back the flipflop in the Pakistani nar- diplomatic-economic joinst- continue to raise its voice against reacted with the ozone molecules to
failure to suitably address the scourge and “export” to the Vedic era (1000 rative of getting inspired from manship in the Pak-Turk realm the oppression.” Islamabad lap- destroy them. These gases were pro-
of terror. The occasional bouncers of Imran Khan ~ BC). The rich cultural more overtly secular moorings to has been unmistakably, acceler- ped up the rare endorsement of duced to be used in refrigeration, air
the threat of a nuclear war over the status of Kash- exchanges continuing till the veering towards abject religiousi- ated. This has led President its position and Delhi rightfully
mir ~ count for little in the overall construct. Nor for Mughal-Ottoman empires. Mod- ty has often seen Kemal Ataturk Erdogan to renege on the spirit summoned the Turkish Ambas-
that matter has the belligerent former cricketer ern history is replete with cordial emerge as the reference leader of his statement on a visit to sador for a verbal demarche.
been able to convince the OIC (Organisation of engagements around Dr MA for many Pakistanis, most nota- India in 2017 ~ “Turkey will India referred to the recent Turk- conditioning, and aerosol spray cans.
Islamic Cooperation), helmed by Saudi Arabia, to Ansari’s famous mission to bly the former President, Pervez always be by the side of India in ish enthusiasm to take unwar- In response to this news, in 1987, the
convene a conference on Kashmir and the citizen- Turkey, the Khilafat movement Musharraf. full solidarity while battling ter- ranted interest in the internal Montreal Protocol on Substances that
and above all, India’s principled Today, the overt Islamisation rorism”, with the unquestionable affairs of other countries by stat- Deplete the Ozone Layer was finalised
ship issue. Internationally, Pakistan stands in
support towards Turkey’s war of of Turkish society with the emer- context of the source of ‘terror- ing, “This recent episode is but and eventually ratified by 197 signa-
unsplendid isolation. independence. Mahatma Gand- gence of Recep Erdogan-led ism’ in India being, Pakistan. one more example of a pattern tories ~ making it the first treaty with-
Neither the United States of America nor India hi had openly taken a stand Islamist party, Justice and Devel- Turkey has had a complicated of Turkey interfering in the inter- in the United Nations to have univer-
had actually expected a trade deal to be concluded. against injustices on Turkey, dur- opment Party (AKP) has found relationship with terrorism, nal affairs of other countries. sal ratification. This international
Given the red herrings across the trail, it is rather ing the First World War. However enhanced traction, emotions where it has attacked the Kurdish India finds that completely treaty aimed to protect the stratos-
uncertain whether it can be signed by the end of post-independence, the civilisa- and gravitation with Pakistan’s militia and sided with some unacceptable.” pheric ozone layer by phasing out the
this year, as Mr Trump imagines. At any rate, it will tional bonhomie had encoun- own confused and diluted secu- other extremist militias in the Turkey is an old hat in production and use of harmful gases.
be a transitory phase in terms of America’s gover- tered the contretemps of the new larity of the past. Syrian battlegro- charming Pakistan with churlish Since it has come into effect, it is esti-
nance, specifically the presidential election in global order and ‘blocs’. Turkey Both nations are und. Turkey has initiatives like naming the road mated that over 99 percent of these
was part of CENTO (Central also at the crossroad also shown belliger- on which the Indian Embassy in problematic chemicals have been
November and the inaugural in January. Nonethe-
Treaty Organisation) that was of balancing their ence against Saudi- Ankara is situated as Cinnah eradicated and is considered to be one
less, a positive development has been the $2.6 bil- ideologically opposed to the historical and frac- US interests and Caddesi i.e. Indian Embassy on of the most successful international
lion defence deal which envisages that India will Soviet ‘bloc’, towards which India tured ties with the often taken contrar- Jinnah Road! The power struggle agreements in human history.
buy 24 MH-60 helicopters for its Navy. Additionally, was predisposed. Co-religiousi- United States, which ian positions, spar- within the Ummah and Turkey’s
to beef up the strength of the Army, six AH-64 E ty, Cold War sensibilities and mil- affords a common ing no effort to ambition to assume a leadership IN MEMORIAM
Apache choppers will be bought at a cost of $ 800 itary regimes in Islamabad and belligerence and embarrass Riyadh role will require it to play along
million. The agreements afford a critical impetus Ankara, ensured a more-than- ‘voice’ against the in the Khashoggi with Pakistan’s sensitivities and GHOSH DR. NALINI BHUSHAN —
to India-US defence ties and are of far greater cordial relationship between the Western powers that affair. The churning necessities, and the recent tilt Our revered father — remembered
two nations, to the occasional BHOPINDER
import than the hugs in Ahmedabad. Having said enables them to SINGH
in the Middle East and statements are part of that this day and everyday by his family
that, the host country ought to have put its best chagrin of India. adopt heroic pos- with no clear win- gameplan. While the Indo-Turk members. (BPL7373)
Turkey had issued a rare tures within the The writer IS Lt Gen
ners in sight, has trade is not insignificant at $7.8
foot forward. On the contrary, the national Capital PVSM, AVSM (Retd), GOSWAMI SUKLA — In everlasting
communique in favour of Pak- Ummah, and espe- Former Lt Governor of offered an opportu- billion (2019), it is still less than memory of my mother, who left me
was convulsed by communal frenzy over the iden- istan after the 1965 Indo-Pak war cially amongst the Andaman & Nicobar
nity to Turkey to $18 billion with Malaysia, which
tity of an Indian... 73 years after Partition. Islands & Puducherry this day in 2002. — Kaustav.
and subsequently supplied electoral consti- cobble together an too had sullied the relationship (BPL7376)

Towards Pandemic? armaments to the depleted Pak-

istani armoury. The 1971 Indo-
Pak war was no different; Turkey
tuents. With much alternate bloc com-
in common and the possibilities posed of ‘unnaturals’ (e.g. Iran,
of a realpolitik win-win situation Qatar, Malaysia, Pakistan etc.)
with India on Kashmir, and
incurred Delhi’s wrath.
It is important to recognise

hina is in crisis. So too are large parts of the was among the last countries to emerging from supporting each that could rival the Saudi Arabi- that unlike the Middle Eastern DAS PRADIP KUMAR (Bar-at-Law)
world. Fears that the novel coronavirus might recognise Bangladesh. Turkey’s other, Turkey has emerged as an stranglehold over the Ummah theatre which is contiguous to — On February 24, 2020 (Monday) at
soon be identified as a global pandemic are continued support to Pakistan amongst the staunchest sup- via institutions like OIC (Organi- Turkish borders and direct inter- his Kolkata residence, left for his
frightfully real. Over the past few days, there has had even led to the withdrawal porters of Pakistan in the United sation of Islamic Cooperation). ests, pandering to Pakistani Heavenly Abode. A Memorial Service
been a surge in cases in Japan, Iran ~ where it is of its ambassador from Dhaka in Nations and other fora. Affluent Open provocation to undo urgency is realpolitik and reflec- will be held on March 5, 2020 (Thurs-
2016, when the authorities in Arab allies like Saudi Arabia and past equations, tenor and posi- tive of the carefully calibrated, day) at 6-30 p.m. at Bhabanipur Brah-
said to have impinged on the presidential election
Bangladesh had executed Jam- the United Arab Emirates are tions has been the preferred Turkish chessboard moves. India mo Sammilan Samaj, 1A, Dr. Rajendra
turnout ~ South Korea and Italy to name but a few aat-e-Islami leaders convicted of increasingly ‘balancing’ their act Turkish strategy. On a recent visit must call Turkey’s bluff and Road, Kolkata-700020. All his friends,
countries. However, if the statement by the Direc- horrific crimes in the Liberation in favour of India, in the deeply to Pakistan, Erdogan has stirred hypocrisy on terrorism, as it will relatives and colleagues are request-
tor-General of the World Health Organisation, War. hyphenated Indo-Pak realm. the hornet’s nest and gratuitous- remain contextually linked to ed to attend his Memorial Service. —
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, is any indication, Re-imagining and project- Pakistan is reciprocating the ly obliged Islamabad on the con- Pakistan’s own incorrigibility, The bereaved family.
it is not a pandemic quite yet ; in that event it would ing itself as the most progressive Turkish delight as it urges Turkey tentious issue of Kashmir, espe- duplicity and infamy. There are (BPL7375)
have spread internationally and in an uncontrolled and powerful Islamic nation at to counter-leverage the embar- cially since Pakistan is struggling no major counter-levers avail-
manner. While some contend that this is already a the forefront of Ummah (Islamic rassing ‘abandonment’ by Arab to bankroll sympathisers to its able to Delhi on Ankara’s latest PERSONAL
pandemic in all but name, WHO is cautiously opti- world), Ankara has tactically Sheikhdoms, by joining hands position. Erdogan’s words in provocation, other than sticking
mistic about the measures that China has adopted supported Islamabad to burnish with the avowedly anti-Saudi Islamabad were both calculated to its own principled stance,
its own emerging leadership bloc that includes Turkey, Qatar, and short ~ “Events that hap- issuing diplomatic demarches DASCHAUDHURI A. B. (Baba) and
though there is some criticism over President Xi ambitions, with the implied Iran and Malaysia. pened a hundred years ago in and waiting for the inevitable Shyamali (Ma) — Happy Golden Mar-
Jinping's handling of the grave health crisis, the like undercurrents of dislodging The metamorphosis from a Çanakkale in Turkey are being Pakistani mis-step and disre- riage Anniversary !! — Daughters
of which the world has not suffered in recent times. Saudi Arabia from such a leader- religio-psycho-cultural bond to repeated in Indian-occupied- pute. Uma and Runa. (BPL7374)
If WHO has been somewhat hesitant in its usage
of the term, ‘pandemic’, it largely stems from its
concern over public reaction not the least because LETTERS TO THE EDITOR editor@thestatesman.com
of the overwhelming ignorance about the affliction.

Can't just watch the Chinese dying

Even if it is not “containable”, it can be slowed. The
world bears witness to a cocktail of insufficient CHINA'S INITIATIVES
medical knowledge, xenophobia and anxieties.
SIR, Your editorial (6 February) deserves compliments
“Using the word pandemic now does not fit the SIR, I am deeply shocked by Force aircraft, and he seems especially others’ opinions dor to Denmark and Ugan- for highlighting China's efforts to contain the outbreak
facts, but it may certainly cause fear,” is the warning Mr Niraj Srivastava’s article, worried about the possibility on the subject he writes on. da. But his contention is un- of coronavirus. The country's initiatives have been
of WHO's Director-General. The economic impact “The Killer Virus” (17 Febru- of its crew getting infected I’m afraid that he has missed diplomatic and bereft of hu- appreciated the world over, specifically the extraordi-
has been tremendous, stoking fears of a possible ary), in which he has criti- by the deadly virus. Ever PK Singh’s article, “Solidarity manitarian considerations. nary achievement of constructing the 1000-bed hospital
recession yet again. Airlines have been hit, major cized the Government of since the BJP under the lea- needed to fight the virus” Yours, etc., Asim Mukhopad- for coronavirus patients. Beijing has strengthened its
international events are being cancelled, and com- India’s decision to send me- dership of Narendra Modi (14 February). Mr Singh hyay, Kolkata, 17 February. administrative apparatus to address the crisis. It has
panies dependent on Chinese-made components dical supplies to China started its second innings writes, “WHO, South-east imposed a lockdown and a public health emergency.
where coronavirus has al- with a thumping majority of Asia region, must continue CONFUSED CITIZEN Also exemplary is the blanket travel ban. China's claim
have halted production. The word “pandemic”
ready killed an estimated 303 in the Lok Sabha, it has to strengthen its readiness to SIR, The Government has on 5 February that there has been a drop in the number
brings to mind the devastation of the Great Plague,
2700 people and afflicted got itself involved in various respond”. We live in a dyna- informed Parliament that it of suspected cases affords a ray of hope amidst the pre-
the Black Death or Spanish flu. The term's conno- more than 20,000. It has imbroglios, the latest being mic world that is intercon- has not taken any decision vailing gloom. The dreaded disease has spread to sever-
tation is intrinsically about its spread. Spanish flu shattered the powerful cou- the countrywide upsurge nected and on the move. on preparing a National al countries in South-east Asia and to Italy as well.
killed up to 100 million people as it swept the globe ntry’s economy and morale. over the Citizenship Amend- Member states in the region Register of Citizens. But this Yours, etc., Biswanath Chaudhuri, Kolkata, 6 February.
a century ago. According to one estimate, the swine Mr Srivastava is somewhat ment Act. will continue to step up and assurance may not be en-
flu pandemic in 2009 killed up to 203,000 people ~ idiosyncratic when he writes The Government’s gesture stand tall. The Indian Gov- ough to bridge the political
lower than the toll linked to seasonal flu in many that at a time when all coun- towards China is not only ernment has taken the right trust deficit. Placing the na- Several states, where and National Register of Cit-
years. The capacity of the health services and the tries are keeping a distance commendable, but cha- decision, one that it was tionwide NRC project in the Opposition parties are in izens. So it was but natural
government's response to the outbreak are as vital from China, is it sensible for llenging no less. I doubt if expected to take. If it were abeyance or at least declar- power, are now reluctant to for critics to link NPR, for
in China as in all the affected countries. Outside of India to embrace it? Our pol- Mr Srivastava is aware of the Indians instead of the Chi- ing a five-year moratorium proceed with the NPR up- which funds were sanc-
icy makers would do well to situation around him. If he nese, could we appreciate pending a wider consensus date. Many others are un- tioned in December 2019, to
Wuhan, the mortality rate is much lower in the rest ponder over this question can produce an editorial the rest of the world over- on the issue would have nerved over the exercise. the nationwide NRC that top
of China. Other countries with poor sanitation, before the aircraft takes off. from The Statesman, it is not looking our needs watching been more rational. Given This is a pity as NPR, which BJP leaders have been pro-
decrepit public health systems and malnourished By using the word, “aircraft”, at all illogical to expect him us die? Mr Srivastava has the radical nature of the ex- could have been used to mising for several months. It
populations, could pay a far higher price. India, for he implies an Indian Air to read the paper regularly, served as India’s ambassa- ercise, the extent of mistrust strengthen welfare mea- would be useful to recall
instance, fares poorly in all the three parameters. it has generated was only to sures, is now a victim of the Prime Minister Narendra
The affliction cries out for international support, be expected. CAA-NRC controversy. Un- Modi’s original call for ‘min-
and quite the most acutely so the patient. China All Indian citizens may be like the UPA government, imum government, maxi-
has shown the way by putting two hospitals in asked to prove their citizen- which did not pursue NRC mum governance’ and refo-
place within the span of a fortnight. Though the ship all over again, to the after the first NPR exercise cus on the economy that is
satisfaction of the petty in 2010, the NDA govern- in dire need of attention.
structures are prefabricated, it is the speed of the
bureaucracy. Inherent is the ment has become a victim With the NRC out of the
operation that has been truly astounding. And mistrust of the BJP dispen- of the BJP’s hypernational- way, the government will be
given the phenomenal progress of medical science, sation at the Centre. That ism. It has jumped the gun in a position to generate
it is fervently to be hoped that a vaccine wil be mistrust is only reinforced by promising a nationwide optimism over India’s eco-
developed in the not too distant future. Till Thurs- by the Assam chapter of the NRC to follow the controver- nomic prospects.
day afternoon, China has recorded 2715 deaths and NRC. The failure has been sial CAA. The Citizenship Yours, etc., Narayan
78,064 confirmed cases. The label of “pandemic” admitted by all parties, Rules, 2003, envisage NPR as Chandra Ghosh,
can only be of academic interest. including the BJP. the staging point for a local Madanpur, 7 February.


Gambling ills must
be correlated with the following social
deviations : domestic violence,
divorce, bankruptcy, drug and alcohol
abuse, risky or illicit sexual behaviour
(especially prostitution) and problem

be brought into focus

gambling. The Hon. Mr. W.E. Crum, in his presiden-
“Additionally, Stokowski (1996) tial address at the annual meeting of the
and Long (1996), who studied gam- Bengal Chamber of Commerce, reviewed
bling towns in Colorado and South some of the leading topics which have
Dakota, clearly indicated that the rates engaged the attention of the Chamber
of criminal activities increased due to during the past year, and the retrospect
the development of casino enterprises affords some ground for satisfaction.
in these two locations. The increase in Considering what the Empire has passed
the number of pathological gamblers through during the last five years, there is
is another concerning issue regarding something to be thankful for when we
the development of casino gambling.” find the president of the Chamber of
According to Gordon Moody Commerce peacefully discoursing on
Association (Help for Problem Gam- such subjects as currency, fiscal policy,
blers), “Anyone who gets caught up in and experimental farms. In one impor-
the downward spiral of problem gam- tant matter Bengal has been more fortu-
bling finds only too soon that the neg- nate than other parts of India. Mr. Crum
ative impact on his or her life can be attributed its comparative freedom from
devastating. Finding money to gam- serious labour trouble to the fact that
ble is usually the most immediate and employers have been particularly solici-
obvious issue which brings with it tous for the welfare of their workmen.
enough problems, but in addition an That this, however, as Mr. Crum said,
all-consuming compulsion to gamble does not always secure immunity from
at any cost leads to difficulties which strikes is shown by the experience of
affect employment, quality of life, Madras mills where the conditions of
family relationships and mental and labour are “as nearly ideal as it is possible
physical health. for them to be.” The result of industrial
“And, of course, problem gam- peace in Bengal has been greatly to the
bling doesn’t just affect the individual. advantage of both employers and
It’s estimated that for every problem employees and of the general community
gambler at least 10 other family mem- as well. There are several other subjects in
bers, friends and colleagues are also Mr. Crum’s address which will repay
directly affected.” detailed consideration. Not the least
A 2010 study in the UNLV Gam- important of them is the bridging of the
ing Research and Review Journal Hooghly. As bridge-builders the Govern-
revealed that those classified as prob- ment have not hitherto appeared to
lem gamblers were on average 84 per advantage, but it must be admitted that
cent more likely to use hard drugs, 31 they have been handicapped by war con-
per cent more likely to binge drink and ditions.
260 per cent more likely to hire a pros-
BHARAT DOGRA and public meetings against casinos nos have become identified in the impacts of gambling. titute.
is seldom taken seriously, people public mind with several social prob- Crystal Fulton, Professor of Uni- Hence it is clear that gambling

ome time ago when adverse pointed out. lems. Women may not take any part versity College, Dublin has written, has very serious social impacts and
public opinion started building In the subsequent debate it also in gambling but still suffer its adverse “Harmful gambling can have crippling the rapid spread of legal gambling
about undesirable social impacts emerged that actually there were plans social impacts. financial and social effects on the should be resisted by social move- HOOLIGANISM IN
of casinos in Goa, the government
announced that it would stop all ‘orig-
to take casinos big-time to some
prime land locations and that a new
While gambling has been a seri-
ous addiction for a long time in histo-
gambler, their friends and family. In
the first national study on the social
ments. In addition, communities
should also resist the widespread BURRA BAZAR
inal Goans’ from entering casinos. This airport was being planned as part of ry, in modern times this problem has impact of harmful gambling in Ire- practice of various forms of illegal The Commissioner of Police met some of
was taken as an implicit recognition by this initiative. A big player in casinos taken novel forms with technology land, we examined how it affected gambling. In schools and in commu- the leading residents of Burra Bazar yes-
the government that adverse social was quoted as saying: “The Indian making it possible to spread gambling recovering gamblers, their families nity places there should be a clear terday and at their request special patrols
impacts had started manifesting despite government has asked casinos to build on a much wider scale. In addition, and friends...Talking to people from message against gambling, backed of armed sergeants will be placed in this
the limited reach of mostly boat-based integrated resorts in Goa. Gambling powerful interests have been pleading all walks of life...we found that a com- with adequate information on the area and a special staff deputed from the
casinos. operators who did not enter Macau, for legalising casino gambling and mon theme was the devastating social adverse social impacts of gambling. Detective Department to run bad liveli-
At the same time local people in when the game was liberalized at the other forms of gambling including effects gambling had on people’s The highly dubious arguments given hood cases against known bad charac-
the know took the government assur- beginning of the millennium do not betting on sports events. Gambling is lives.” for legalising gambling, including bet- ters. Government have been asked to leg-
ance about not allowing original want to miss the boat in Goa and want not only being legalised in many parts A review of existing research on ting in sports events and casino gam- islate in order to give police magistrates
Goans into casinos, whatever that to bet on what might be the next of the world; in addition many local this subject by Shou-Tsung Wu and bling, should be resisted strongly by power to remove from Calcutta up-coun-
means, with several pinches of salt as Macau. We expect Goa to quickly governments are even promoting Yeong-Shyang Chen says, “Although providing all the strong evidence try and other foreign bad characters who
even powerful politicians were them- become a $ 1 billion market as it tran- gambling to earn revenue. According some researchers have found that the against the adverse social impacts of have no proper means of livelihood. On
selves found to visit casinos. It was sitions to land-based casinos.” to one estimate the size of global legal development of casino gambling has all forms of gambling. the other hand the Commissioner of
pointed out that there was hardly any Whatever may be the truth about gambling may amount to $335 billion. no direct association with an increase Police has asked the Marwari residents
evidence of the ban being in place. these plans it is clear that even with In such a situation there is need for in criminal activities, most studies The writer is a freelance journalist who has to assist the police by giving evidence
What politicians say at election rallies their present-day limited range, casi- wider recognition of the adverse social have shown that casino gambling may been involved with several social movements. against known bad characters, which up
to the present it has been almost impos-
sible to get anyone to do.
A time for us to forget borders NEW CAWNPORE
Sir Harcourt Butler will open the

he origin of the novel coronavirus Georgina McRobert Memorial Hospital
(Covid-19) in Wuhan, a city of 11 in Cawnpore on Monday the 1st March.
million people, has globally stig- The hospital has been built and endowed
matised the beautiful city in cen- by Sir Alexander McRobert principally for
tral China; and the epidemic’s spread all the benefit of European and Anglo-Indi-
over China affecting about 80,000 people an residents of Cawnpore. The hospital
around the world has done the same to is situated in the heart of the Civil Lines
China. The discourse surrounding the on a plot of land measuring about ten
fast-spreading virus and its origin city and acres and it is estimated that the cost of
country has once again revealed the ten- buildings and equipment will exceed four
sion between the boundaries of what is lakhs of rupees. His Honour will also on
national and what is global. the same day lay the foundation stone of
Even in 2004, when I had travelled the Sonatana Dharma Arts and Commer-
to Wuhan to give four lectures on four cial College. The College authorities are
different days on writing in higher edu- eat lotus!) and another night the English draconian measures to stop the virus. For aiming at the establishment of a first
cation, dissertation writing, literary stud- Department faculty from Wuhan Univer- example, according to the New York grade commercial college at Cawnpore.
ies and postcolonial studies at Central sity (a higher ranking university than Times, the city of Beijing has imposed
China Normal University after three days
of stay in Beijing, one could tell that the
Central China Normal) hosted me for
dinner in the city where I learned from
new rules. Workers are not allowed to eat
face-to-face; offices and elevators can fill
Chinese dragon was roaring to rise and
shake off its European burden of colo-
them about their curriculum and teach-
ing methods and shared with them my
only half their capacity at any one time,
and each worker needs to keep 2.5
nial history. High-rises were coming up experiences of the educational systems square metres of workspace around COUNCILS
everywhere—Shanghai, Beijing, Wuhan. in India, Nepal and the United States, them. However, the world over, the Chi- LAHORE, FEB 27
YESTERDAY’S SOLUTION City streets and shops, including the including theories and stories from my nese government was faulted for not A Punjab Government Press commu-
loud (5,3) multi-storey grocery stores with live globally known doctoral programme and allowing the information to come out at niqué just issued publishes the proceed-
2 Officer command-
ing everyone left seafood in gigantic aquarium-like glass mentor. These highly educated Chinese the earliest despite the early warnings of ings of the committee which has advised
earlier for pub (5) tanks and animals on floors and cages colleagues were curious and knowledge- a 34-year-old doctor, Li Wenliang, who the Lieutenant-Governor on certain mat-
3 Wine waiter’s (how sinister they appear now from news able. After a while, you forgot that you was interrogated by the police for ters connected with the Reform Scheme.
romance, in emb- reports about the rise of the virus from were talking to colleagues from a differ- ‘rumour-mongering’ and who later con- The opinion of the committee is now
race of German
actress (9) one of the live animal floors of a grocery ent country. tracted the virus and died. under the consideration of the Govern-
4 Copy video record- store) were crowded with shoppers. When I woke up early and went for a There is no doubt that the legacy of ment. The committee has made various
ing, perhaps, omit- What struck me was the youthful age walk in the morning, I found all the open Western colonialism, and the present recommendations regarding the urban
ting start (3) of the city population. Young men and spaces and parks filled with people, espe- threat that China’s rise poses to Western and rural electorate, the distribution of
5 Ex-PM’s involving
doctor in crude women with the latest gadgets walking cially the elderly, who did Tai Chi to the powers, may have come out directly or urban and rural seats, the franchise for
nonsense? It’s the streets and riding buses with bus dri- tune of some music coming out of the indirectly in the coverage of the virus in the Legislative Assembly and votes for the
material for vers taking swigs of green tea from their communal soundbox. Nobody looked many Western media outlets. But it is Council of State. For the University seats
conflict (11) glass/plastic bottles. I had never seen obese; everyone, old and young, looked also equally important to note that China the committee advised that the franchise
6 US soldier in
column showing anybody drinking green tea like that. At fit and slim. People in the streets and the is no longer a small power but a global should be extended to all fellows and
upturn in sense (5) times, I wished I had cooking facilities in shops didn’t speak English. One day, player on the world stage, and so needs honorary fellows of the Punjab University,
7 Maria not unhappy my hotel so I could try some of the when I got caught in the rain, I went to a to develop both a thick skin and a rea- all M.As and M.Sc’s and all other gradu-
with a lover (9) seafood at the grocery stores, but I was store and asked for an umbrella; but sonable degree of openness in matters ates of seven years’ standing of Punjab or
ACROSS (8) 8 The man with lots
of money but not staying at the university hotel, where I when the salesperson didn’t understand of health and safety because health, safe- any Indian university or any other recog-
18 Is Escoffier’s oven
1 Agreements from
set apart? (8) with the bosses (5) had Mao fish almost every day for dinner what I was saying, I explained through ty and other basic necessities are not nised university of the British Empire.
Spain about the 12 See 13 Across when I ate by myself. gestures. And he understood and sold me explicitly political matters. So, the regime The Sikh members, however, pressed a
19 I will block return
French area in part 14 Murdered wife of
of Europe (7)
of unimpressive Locally, the fish was named after an umbrella. Communication in the doesn’t need to be threatened about claim for a larger share of representation.
spam? (1-4) Parisian: malevo-
5 Wrong to retreat lent figure enga- Mao because even though originally absence of language is challenging; but if openness in these matters. A rising glob-
20 Novel adding to its
in uncultivated
country, being
setting? (3,3,4,5)
23 Pub importing old 16
ged in it (9)
Space and oppor-
called Wuchang fish, Mao had men-
tioned it in one of his poems: ‘No sooner
there is goodwill between people, lan-
guage no longer poses a barrier for com-
al power needs to have an equally capa-
cious heart.
aggressive (7)
9 Lying about per-
ale ultimately as a
unit (2,3)
tunity to replace
Henry with tragic
had I drunk water from Xiang River than
I savoured Wuchang fish.’ Indeed, the
One day, I rode a bus for a four or
At the same time, it is also equally
important to remember that out of
son in office not
getting elected (9)
10 Government lies at
24 Circular shape?
Staff carrying 17
king (9)
Not the modern fish was both cheap ($5 for a whole five-hour journey to the Three Gorges China’s 1.4 billion people, about 79,000 BANGALORE
barrel with it to fashion? Dolls yet baked fish with delicious sauce all over it) Dam. And the road went through villages people have contracted the Covid-19 BANGALORE, FEB 27
the fore of under-
standing a country
yard (9) to be abandoned and tasteful. It was also in Wuhan that I and green rice paddies. The dam was still virus and 2,764 have died. While precau- The question of constructing electric
26 Criticise daughter (3,5) got to know about the nine schools of being built. I spent the night in the town tion, prevention and search for a cure are tramways in Bangalore has been dis-
in Africa (5)
engaging in inter- 20 Dogs are entering
11 Development of
course in tight narrow gap on a
Chinese cuisine and taste the many near the dam in a hotel. I had no prob- important, there is no room for Sinopho- cussed very frequently in recent years.
lodge cuisine invol- courses from the turntable at restaurants. lem communicating despite the absence bia, as has developed, for example, in Before the war broke out the Government
fabric (7) climb (5)
ves historic apple
27 Former lover with 21 Youngster not I also came to know that the city not only of a shared language. South Korea, where some shops have of Mysore sanctioned a scheme, but it
13/12 Unusually diffi- a bit of work about to complete had its own very rich cuisine culture, but Now that Wuhan has become the begun posting signs saying, ‘No Chinese’. was held in abeyance owing to the
starts to upstage
dent being involv-
everyone in area
plumbing chall- also hosted international restaurants. epicentre of the coronavirus, it is impor- Instead, despite the recent rise of hyper- impossibility of obtaining materials at a
ed with a sexier enge? (1-4)
title for the Queen of date (7) When a colleague from my institution, tant to remember that 11 million people nationalism in many countries, this is the reasonable price. As soon as the
22 Beginning without
(5,11) DOWN skill is a pain (5) who had also gone there to give a lecture, live there—people who have been cut off time that countries need to forget their Armistice was concluded the Chief Elec-
15 Trusty French
25 Weary, having and I went to a Brazilian restaurant, the from the world and from other Chinese borders and come together to control trical Engineer was requested to take up
nobleman, collared 1 Just ignore source
by a couple, dump- of something un- scored runs in variety and preparations of meat were cities. Even in this unprecedented crisis, and eliminate the virus because the virus the question and he submitted a note to
ed in Cornish river usually rough and match (3) astonishing. people must eat, shop for basic necessi- has transgressed national borders with- the Government of Mysore approving
One night, the university’s English ties and live in safety until the threat of out a passport or visa, and spread across generally the suggestions of the Chief
NOTE: Figures in parentheses denote the number of letters in the words required. faculty invited me to such a dinner, the virus subsides. countries and continents. Electrical Engineer and directing investi-
(By arrangement with The Independent, London)
where I got to eat lotus stem and lotus The Chinese government is now gation of traffic prospects and the prepa-
root as vegetables (who knew you could being praised all over the world for taking The Kathmandu Post/ANN. ration of estimates.

I think it (economy) will bounce back. It has tremendous
potential. I see light at the end of the tunnel, it is not far

NCLAT sets aside insolvency Jet Airways’
Mehul Choksi fined: The
Sebi on Thursday slapped
a total fine of Rs 5 crore
on fugitive businessman
lenders to
proceedings against Flipkart fresh EoIs seek
Mehul Choksi, Gitanjali
Gems and another individ-
ual for violating various
The order came over a petition filed by Mr Neeraj Jain, director of Flipkart India Private Ltd
regulations, including list- PRESS TRUST OF INDIA quantities of LED TVs and
ing norms. Mr Choksi, the NEW DELHI, 27 FEBRUARY BIG RELIEF deliver the same to Flipkart at PRESS TRUST OF INDIA and expressed interest in Jet
maternal uncle of diaman- � A three-member Bench of the NCLAT released its desired location. MUMBAI, 27 FEBRUARY Airways, a source said

taire Nirav Modi, is the he National Compa- Flipkart from the corporate insolvency resolution According to the opera- earlier.
promoter and managing ny Law Appellate Tri- process and directed the interim resolution pro- tional creditor, Flipkart received Defunct airline Jet Airways' The airline, which was
director of Gitanjali Gems. bunal (NCLAT) has fessional (IRP) appointed by NCLT to hand over the delivery of the first few batch- committee of creditors has grounded in April last year,
Mr Nirav Modi, who has set aside the order of records and assets of the company back to its pro- es but after that it avoided tak- decided to issue fresh expres- owes more than Rs 8,000
allegedly defrauded state- the NCLT to initiate insol- moter immediately ing delivery of the LED TVs on sion of interest (EoI) for the crore to banks, with those
run Punjab National Bank vency proceedings against e- the ground of lack of ware- carrier, which is undergoing from the public sector having
of over Rs 14,000 crore, is commerce major Flipkart. � Earlier, on 24 October 2019, the Bengaluru Bench house space. insolvency proceedings, significant exposure.
currently lodged in a A three-member Bench of of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) had admitted the insolvency plea It further submitted that according to a regulatory fil- Set up in 2011, the Far
British jail. PTI the NCLAT released Flipkart filed by Cloudwalker Streaming Technologies, an operational creditor of Flipkart later, Flipkart started delay- ing. East Asia Development Fund
from the corporate insolven- � The operational creditor failed to submit any documents to prove in existence ing the collection of the LED “We wish to inform that the is a state finance develop-
cy resolution process and of the operational debt and the amount in default TVs, and in some instances did 8th CoC meeting of Jet Airways ment institution which war-
India-NZ trade: New directed the interim resolu- not collect them at all. (India) Ltd was held on 18 Feb- rants a flexible approach to
Zealand on Thursday said tion professional (IRP) appoint- In an attempt to gain more ruary and in the e-voting projects' structuring and
it will look forward to a ed by NCLT to hand over the Technologies Pvt Ltd, company on 24 February. ments to prove in existence profit out of the goods ordered, concluded on 25 February, the financing, as per its LinkedIn
bilateral trade agreement records and assets of the com- petition is rejected,” said the Flipkart's operational cred- of the operational debt and the Flipkart was putting pressure CoC passed the resolution profile. Mumbai-headquar-
with India in case New pany back to its promoter NCLAT. itor Cloudwalker Streaming amount in default,” the appel- on Cloudwalker Streaming to issue fresh invitation of EoI tered Enso Group has report-
Delhi does not join the immediately. It further said: “The Flip- Technologies, which used to late tribunal said observing that Technologies to offer the (round) for the corporate edly been roped in by the fund
China-backed mega trade Earlier, on 24 October 2019, kart India Pvt Ltd (corporate supply the e-commerce major Cloudwalker Streaming Tech- already imported and ware- debtor,” Jet Airways said in BSE to find an Indian partner
deal RCEP. The Narendra the Bengaluru Bench of the debtor) is released from the imported LED TVs, had filed nologies also failed to submit housed LED TVs, at a dis- filing on Wednesday. to form a consortium that
Modi-led government in National Company Law Tri- corporate insolvency resolu- a petition before the NCLT con- the copy of invoices and copies counted price. Against this backdrop, would later put in a for-
November decided not to bunal (NCLT) had admitted tion process.” tending that Flipkart default- of all the documents referred Later, the operational cred- the CoC extended the last mal bid.
join Regional Comprehen- the insolvency plea filed by The NCLAT order came ed for an amount of Rs 26.95 in the application. itor demanded payment for date of submission of reso- It has interests in diverse
sive Economic Partnership Cloudwalker Streaming Tech- over a petition filed by Mr Neer- crore. Cloudwalker Streaming the LED TVs procured and lution plans to 9 March. The sectors, including oil and gas,
deal as negotiations failed nologies, an operational cred- aj Jain, director of Flipkart India However, it was rejected by Technologies had contended imported from 11 October earlier deadline for submit- metal mining, healthcare,
to satisfactorily address itor of Flipkart. Private Ltd. the NCLAT, saying that the that Flipkart contacted it in sell- 2017 to 1 December 2017, ting the bids was 18 February. infrastructure and real estate,
New Delhi's “outstanding “We set aside the impugned “Interim resolution pro- demand notice delivered ing its product of LED TVs and based on the import and the The decision to call for as per its website. Earlier,
issues and concerns”. How- order dated 24 October 2019 fessional will hand over the under Section 8(1) of the entered into a supply agree- purchase order issued by Flip- fresh bids was taken after a South American conglomer-
ever, the possibility of passed by the adjudicating records and assets of the cor- Insolvency & Bankruptcy ment on 29 December 2016. kart, which failed to collect team from Russia's Far East ate Synergy Group and New
India joining the trade authority (NCLT) and the porate debtor to the pro- Code (IBC) was “not proper As per the agreement, it more than 70 per cent of the Asia Development Fund Delhi-based Prudent ARC
pact is open provided its application filed under Sec- moter immediately, who will and was also incomplete”. would receive the purchase stock as ordered by them till along with Enso Group were given time to submit res-
concerns are addressed by tion 9 by the operational cred- manage the corporate debtor,” “The operational creditor order, after which it will import March 2018. It issued a demand met the committee of credi- olution plan. Reportedly, they
the member nations. PTI itor Cloudwalker Streaming it added on its order passed failed to submit any docu- and procure the required notice on 8 June 2019. tors (CoC) earlier this month failed to meet the deadline.

PUMA revenue growth:

Global sports brand PUMA
posted a revenue growth ONGC, HPCL buy out Ind-Ra revises
steel sector IOC invests `3,000 cr to
bankers in Petronet MHB upgrade Haldia refinery
of 23 per cent at Rs 1,413
crore in its India business
in the year ended Decem-
ber 2019. Despite a slow-
down that impacted sev-
to ‘negative’
eral companies, PUMA PRESS TRUST OF INDIA now hold 49.996 per cent March. NEW DELHI, 27 FEBRUARY PRESS TRUST OF INDIA The new norms will come said, adding, the new type of
recorded strong double- NEW DELHI, 27 FEBRUARY each in the company that “The company has entered KOLKATA, 27 FEBRUARY into force from 1 April. fuel will be required to be used
digit growth during the transports petroleum prod- into a share purchase India Ratings and Research He said the new BS-VI by heavy commercial vehicles
year under review, said a State-owned Oil and Natur- ucts from Mangalore Refin- agreement dated 27 February (Ind-Ra) today said it has State-owned Indian Oil Cor- compliant fuel will have very for reducing emission of nitro-
Press release. SNS al Gas Corp (ONGC) and its ery. 2020, with consortium revised its outlook on the steel poration (IOC) has made an low sulphur content as com- gen oxide.
subsidiary Hindustan Petro- Mangalore Refinery and of 8 nationalised banks, which sector from 'stable-to-nega- investment of around Rs pared to BS-IV petrol or diesel. IOC will be investing Rs 150
leum Corp Ltd (HPCL) have Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL) hold equity shares in Petronet tive' to 'negative' for FY2021- 3,000 crore to upgrade its The company has incurred crore for a modern lube blend-
Bharti AXA: Bharti AXA bought out lenders in Petronet is also a subsidiary of ONGC. MHB Ltd, for acquisition 21. The revision has been refinery at Haldia to meet a total expenditure of around ing unit at Paharpur in the
General Insurance, a joint MHB Ltd, the firm that owns MRPL uses the pipeline of of 9.48 crore equity shares made seeing the steel demand BS-VI emission norms, an Rs 17,000 crore across its southern outskirts of the city,
venture between Bharti a petroleum product pipeline Petronet MHB for moving aggregating to 17.28 per growth expectations of 5 per official said today. refineries in India to manu- he said. To a query, Mr Bharat
Enterprises and AXA, on in Mangalore, for about Rs 371 fuel. cent of the paid-up equity cent and margin pressures The oil marketing PSU facture BS-VI compliant fuel, said initially, customers will
Thursday said it has start- crore. In a regulatory filings, share capital at a price of led by iron ore price risks, the will invest another Rs 388 Mr Bharat told reporters here. not have to pay a higher price
ed delivering policies and A consortium of eight pub- ONGC and HPCL said Rs 19.55 per share,” HPCL agency said in report. crore for setting up a grass- “All the retail outlets of IOC for purchasing BS-VI com-
renewal premium to its lic sector banks held 34.56 Petronet MHB Ltd had a net- said. High iron ore premiums for root bottling plant at Kharag- will be ready to supply BS-VI pliant fuel.
customers through the per cent stake in Petronet worth of Rs 796.30 crore as of ONGC also posted a sim- new mine owners both cap- pur, diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) compliant fuel from 1 April,” He said IOC has awarded
instant messaging plat- MHB Ltd, where ONGC and 31 March 2019. ilarly worded filing shortly after tive and merchant could shift plant at Budge Budge and lube he said. contracts to two private play-
form ~ WhatsApp. The HPCL held 32.72 per cent “The acquisition will open HPCL disclosure. the cost positions of steel blending unit at Paharpur in The official said IOC will ers for setting up compressed
company claims to be the apiece. up possible opportunities “Post-acquisition the share- mills, it said. West Bengal. be investing Rs 163 crore to bio-gas plants in the state.
first amongst non-life ONGC and HPCL bought for synergy, better cost eco- holding of HPCL “The slowing economic “IOC has made an invest- set up a new bottling plant at Besides plans to automate
insurers in India to intro- 17.28 per cent stake each nomics and revenue max- in Petronet MHB will be activity as reflected in Ind-Ra's ment of Rs 3,000 crore for Kharagpur with a proposed all its retail outlets, the com-
duce this facility, accord- from lenders, the firms said imisation,” they said, ad-ding about 49.996 per cent,” HPCL GDP estimates of 5 per cent upgrading the refinery at Hal- capacity of 120 mtpa, which pany will also augment its LPG
ing to a Press release. SNS in separate but almost iden- that no governmental added. ONGC said it hold and 5.5 per cent for FY20 and dia for the manufacture of will be commissioned by distributor network.
tical regulatory filings. or regulatory approvals 49.996 per cent stake in FY21, respectively, would con- petrol and diesel to comply 2021. For IOC's various pipeline
The two firms paid Rs are required for the acquisi- Petronet MHB after the acqui- tinue to affect demand growth with BS-VI emission norms,” The company is also com- projects in West Bengal, it will
GoAir: Leading global 185.38 crore each for acquir- tion. sition. in the steel sector and any sig- Mr Pritish Bharat, ED (West ing up with a DEF plant at invest an aggregate amount
authority on airline on- ing 17.28 per cent more share The acquisition is expect- ONGC owns 51.11 per nificant pick-up is unlikely,” Bengal, Sikkim and A&N), Budge Budge at an investment of Rs 3,352 crore, Mr Bharat
time performance, Cirium, in Petronet MHB Ltd. They ed to be completed by 31 cent stake in HPCL. Ind-Ra said in a report. PTI said. of Rs 75 crore, Mr Bharat added.
has reported that GoAir is

Need to boost demand to

the only airline from India
to have made it to the list
of top 10 most punctual
airlines in the Asia-Pacific
32 food processing Pidilite to buy majority
region. Cirium tracks
around 30 lakh flights per
month using 600 global
projects cleared fight coronavirus: PHDCCI stake in Tenax India
sources, according to a PRESS TRUST OF INDIA 21 and 26 February, it said, PRESS TRUST OF INDIA the marble, granite and stone
Press statement. SNS NEW DELHI, 27 FEBRUARY adding that the projects STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE ing disruptions in imports of ing around 13 per cent in world NEW DELHI, 27 FEBRUARY Industry. “This acquisition
approved are running across NEW DELHI, 27 FEBRUARY raw materials from China merchandise exports, export- will help expand Pidilite's
The government today said quadrilaterals of the country due to the outbreak of the ing majorly to the US, Hong Manufacturer of adhesives, presence in the fast-growing
Transport hubs: Knight it has sanctioned 32 projects covering over 100 agro-climatic India needs to boost its domes- virus. Kong, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, construction chemicals and adhesives, coatings and sur-
Frank India, international in the food processing sector zones. tic consumption demand He called for a focus on Germany, India and the specialty chemicals Pidilite face treatment chemicals
property consultancy, in leveraging an investment of The main objective of the and domestic capacities to strengthening India's sup- Netherlands, the impact on Industries today announced market for the marble and
its latest study, has pro- Rs 406 crore under the Prad- project is creation of pro- mitigate the likely impact of ply chain to its top 10 export global trade would undermine acquiring 70 per cent stake in stone industry and bring
jected that the total retail han Mantri Krishi Sampada cessing and preserva- Coronavirus (COVID) on destinations including the the growth prospects of the the Indian subsidiary of Ital- world class technology to
opportunity across various Yojana (PMKSY). tion capacities and mod- global trade, the PHD Cham- US, UAE, Hong Kong, Singa- world economy. ian firm Tenax SPA for around India by investing in a man-
transport hubs in India will These projects are spread ernisation/expansion of ber of Commerce and Indus- pore, UK and Germany, where The disease, according to Rs 80 crore. It has entered into ufacturing plant,” Pidilite
grow manifold in the new in 17 states and aim to cre- existing food processing try (PHDCCI) said today. China significantly contributes PHDCCI figures, may hit a definitive agreement with Industries managing director
decade, a release says. SNS ate employment for 15,000 units with a view to increas- "The fundamentals of the to their imports. global GDP by 0.3 percentage Tenax SPA for acquiring 70 per Bharat Puri said.
people. ing the level of processing Indian economy remain "It is very unfortunate points, which amounts to cent of the share capital of Tenax Italy will continue
The projects were cleared and value addition, leading strong and businesses will that Coronavirus has severe- more than 250 billion dollars. Tenax India Stone Products for to be a partner having 30 per
Lakhotia Group initiative: under the 'unit' scheme of to a reduction of wastage of adjust consequently in the ly hit the world's second Disruptions in the global a cash consideration of Rs 80 cent stake in Tenax India and
Kidz Wings preschool, an PMKSY by the Inter-Minis- food. backdrop of robust economic largest economy, China, lead- supply chains will not only hit crore, said a statement. provide technical support
educational wing of the terial Approval Committee According to the ministry, reforms undertaken by the ing to a subdued global China's exports but also Incorporated in 2005, Tenax and market understanding of
Lakhotia Group, has added chaired by food proces- the processed food market is government to create a strong demand scenario and weak- exports of the importing India is a subsidiary of Tenax marble, granite and stones
a new branch in Kolkata. It sing minister Harsimrat Kaur expected to grow to $543 bil- and resilient economic envi- er prospects for exports across countries as they are import- Italy and is engaged in sales business in India and Saarc
was inaugurated by Mr Badal, an official statement lion by 2020 from $322 billion ronment in the country," the nations," Mr Aggarwal ing a large chunk of raw and distribution of Tenax markets. This acquisition by
Atin Ghosh, Deputy Mayor said. in 2016. PHDCCI president D K Aggar- said, apprehending the spread materials and intermediate Italy products in India. Pidilite will enable Tenax
of Kolkata Municipal Cor- Meetings of the Inter-Min- The period of implemen- wal said in a statement, while of the disease in many coun- goods from China while Tenax Italy is a leading India to fully leverage the
poration and wife Mrs isterial Approval Commi- tation of PMKSY is 2016-20 noting that sectors such as tries. exporting to other respec- manufacturer of adhesives, sales, distribution and mar-
Jhuma Ghosh, says a Press ttee (IMAC) to sanction and total outlay is Rs 6,000 pharmaceuticals, solar and As China is a major play- tive destinations, PHDCCI coating, surface treatment keting capability of Pidilite in
release. SNS these projects were held on crore. iron and steel have been fac- er in global trade, contribut- said. chemicals and abrasives for India and Saarc markets.

VIL, COAI push

Stocks fall on coronavirus woes, F&O expiry for urgent
relief measures
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA points. imports for various goods, Sectorally, BSE realty, oil and
MUMBAI, 27 FEBRUARY The Sensex has now lost SENSEX DOWN 143 POINTS he noted. gas, metal, teck, IT, industri- NEW DELHI, 27 FEBRUARY
1,577.34 points in five days, Benchmarks also remained als, energy, telecom and auto
Equity indices reeled for the while the Nifty has shed 492.60
� Equity indices reeled for the fifth straight session on Thursday, pressured by a volatile on account of month- indices ended up to 2.09 per Vodafone Idea Ltd (VIL) has
fifth straight session today, points during the same peri-
sell-off in bank, IT and energy counters, as the global markets grappled with fears ly expiry of derivatives con- cent lower, while consumer told the government that
pressured by a sell-off in bank, od.
of the coronavirus outbreak turning into a pandemic tracts, he said, adding that sen- durables and healthcare set- it is unable to pay Supreme
IT and energy counters, as the ONGC was the top loser in � The expiry of February series deriv- timent remained sluggish tled on a positive note. Court mandated Rs 53,000
global markets grappled with the Sensex pack today, drop- atives contracts too kept the domes- amid reports that GDP growth Broader BSE mid-cap and crore dues and sought state
fears of the coronavirus out- ping 2.61 per cent, followed tic markets volatile, traders said is likely to stay flat at 4.5 per small-cap indices fell up to 0.83 support to survive the crisis,
break turning into a pan- by HCL Tech, Mahindra & cent in October-December per cent. a contention that was sup-
demic. Mahindra, SBI, IndusInd Bank � The 30-share BSE benchmark Sen- 2019. The government's GDP Bourses in Seoul and Tokyo ported by industry association
The expiry of February and ICICI Bank. sex finally settled 143.30 points, or estimate for the December ended with significant loss- COAI.
series derivatives contracts too On the other hand, Sun 0.36 per cent, lower at 39,745.66 quarter is scheduled to be es, while Shanghai and Hong With the crucial meeting of
kept the domestic markets Pharma, Titan, Axis Bank and points released on Friday. Kong closed with gains. DCC likely to be held tomor-
volatile, traders said. Asian Paints climbed up to 3.68 � The broader NSE Nifty fell 45.20 Further, relentless selling Stock exchanges in Europe row to discuss relief mea-
After plunging over 465.69 per cent. points or 0.39 per cent to end at by foreign portfolio investors plunged up to 1.80 per cent sures for the AGR-hit indus-
points during the day, the World markets extended 11,633.30 points (FPIs) spooked retail investors, in their morning sessions. try, VIL has made a strong push
30-share BSE Sensex finally set- their losses while safe-haven traders said. Brent crude oil futures fell for setting off Rs 8,000 crore
tled 143.30 points, or 0.36 assets like gold and US trea- According to provisional 1.33 per cent to $52.11 per of GST credits and a three-year
per cent, lower at 39,745.66 suries strengthened after Pres- Indian markets were in seek safety in gold and bonds, Shares & Stock Brokers. data available with stock barrel. moratorium on payment of the
points. ident Donald Trump the negative territory as the said Mr Narendra Solanki, India is at risk of getting exchanges, so far this week, On the currency front, the remaining amount which
Similarly, the broader NSE announced that the US was rapid global spread of the head fundamental research severely impacted by the epi- FPIs have offloaded stocks Indian rupee appreciated should be staggered over 15
Nifty fell 45.20 points or 0.39 stepping up its efforts to com- coronavirus kept investors (investment services) - AVP demic economically because worth a whopping Rs 6,812.57 marginally to 71.62 per US dol- years at a simple interest rate
per cent to end at 11,633.30 bat the Covid-19 outbreak. on the edge and made them equity research, Anand Rathi of its high reliance on Chinese crore on a net basis. lar (intra-day). of 6 per cent. PTI

Pakistan’s fresh efforts to fight terrorism and promote security
is affording the US to expand trade between the two countries

Parl will pick new leader: Mahathir Syria rebels fight

back but army
The announcement comes after the ruling alliance collapsed � Snap elections to be called if the vote ends in an impasse
ASSOCIATED PRESS Ibrahim, and Mahathir's shock
Mahathir Mohamad,
Bersatu party. makes more gains
KUALA LUMPUR, 27 FEBRUARY resignation on Monday broke Bersatu ditched the gov-
apart the ruling alliance less who met the king on erning alliance four days ago

alaysia's interim than two years after it defeat- Thursday, said the in a bid to form a new gov-
leader Mahathir ed a corruption-tainted coali- monarch couldn't find ernment with several oppo-
Mohamad on tion that had led the country a candidate with a sition parties. But it flopped
Thursday said Par- for 61 years. after Mahathir quit in protest
liament will pick a new prime Both Mahathir and Anwar
clear majority to of the plan to work with the
minister next week follow- are vying for the premier- lead the nation after United Malays National Orga-
ing the collapse of the ruling ship, renewing a political feud consulting all 222 nization, the party of dis-
alliance and that snap elec- that stretches back more than lawmakers over the graced ex-Prime Minister
tions will be called if the vote two decades. last two days Najib Razak who is on trial for
ends in an impasse. “The king is obviously corruption.
Mahathir, who met the being very cautious. He decid- camp and other opposition Mahathir reiterated Thurs-
king earlier on Thursday, said ed not to give Anwar or parties, which said it would day that he still cannot accept
the monarch couldn't find a Mahathir to form a govern- only create a “Mahathir gov- UMNO but was willing to AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE Russia, which has come under
candidate with a clear major- ment and let the MPs decide,” fledgling opposition but was But their relationship ernment” that was not embrace UMNO members IDLIB, 27 FEBRUARY heavy Western criticism for the
ity to lead the nation after con- said James Chin, head of the jailed a second time for sodomy remained uneasy as Mahathir accountable to the people who leave the party. He said high civilian death toll from
sulting all 222 lawmakers over Asia Institute at Australia's Uni- in 2014 in a move he said was refused to set a time frame to and was unsustainable. he will accept the outcome of Syrian rebels on Thursday its bombing campaign.
the last two days. As such, he versity of Tasmania. “This aimed at killing his political hand over power to Anwar. Anwar said lawmakers Monday's vote and that the reentered a key northwestern State media accused the
said the king decided to have means horse trading will carry career. Mahathir, the world's old- from the three remaining par- new leader elected can choose town they had lost earlier "terrorists" of launching car
the lower house of Parlia- on all weekend until Monday Mahathir, who retired in est leader at 94, said Wednes- ties in his alliance had nom- anyone he likes as his Cabi- this month, reversing one of bombings and other suicide
ment vote on a new leader on morning.” 2003 after 22 years in power, day that he wanted to form a inated him to be prime min- net members, alluding back the main gains of the gov- attacks against government
March 2. Anwar was Mahathir's made a comeback in 2016, nonpartisan government if ister when meeting the king to the unity government plan ernment's devastating offen- forces attempting to retake the
“If the lower house fails to deputy in the 1990s during spurred by anger over a mas- chosen as premier for a third after Mahathir rejected their he proposed. sive in the region. town.
find a person with the major- Mahathir's first stint as prime sive graft scandal involving a time. He said he had quit to offer to restore their former gov- The political drama that The counteroffensive could It said that the army had
ity, then we will have to go for minister, but he was sacked state investment fund. show he wasn't power crazy ernment. Anwar's camp con- unfolded over the weekend saw be short-lived however and inflicted heavy losses on the
a snap election,” he told a news following a power struggle Mahathir and Anwar rec- and because he didn't want trols 41 per cent of parlia- 37 lawmakers, led by Bersatu, Russian-backed Syrian troops attackers, despite the military
conference. and later jailed on sodomy and onciled and forged an alliance to work with the former cor- mentary seats, 20 seats short ditching the ruling alliance, continued to chip away at support it said they had
A failed bid by Mahathir's corruption charges that he said that won the 2018 election that rupt regime that he had oust- of a simple majority. depriving it of majority sup- other parts of the rebel bas- received from neighbouring
supporters to form a new were trumped up. ushered in the first change of ed in 2018 polls. Mahathir on Thursday also port. The king dissolved the tion, ignoring growing appeals Turkey.
government without his des- Anwar led a reform move- government since indepen- But his unity government said he had rescinded his res- Cabinet but reappointed for a ceasefire. Some 950,0000 civilians
ignated successor, Anwar ment that helped build a dence from Britain in 1957. plan was rejected by Anwar's ignation as chairman of his Mahathir as interim leader. The UN Security Council, have fled the government
where Moscow has system- offensive, raising fears in
atically vetoed truce initiatives, Ankara of a new mass influx

Britain threatens to New Tunisian

Mass shootout in US: Gunman
was due to meet again on
Thursday amid growing con-
cern Idlib was witnessing the
of refugees.
Turkey already hosts the
world's largest number of

walk away as EU trade after months kills five at brewery, kills self nine-year-old war's worst
humanitarian emergency yet.
On Thursday, jihadists and
Syrian refugees with around
3.6 million people, placing an
increasingly unpopular bur-
talks open post Brexit of deadlock ASSOCIATED PRESS
efforts to combat the coron-
avirus. “Our hearts break for
Turkish-backed rebels man-
aged to reenter Saraqeb, a key
den on public services. The
Turkish defence ministry said
TUNIS (TUNISIA), 27 FEBRUARY them and their loved ones,” crossroads town in Idlib two of its soldiers had been
ASSOCIATED PRESS An employee opened fire at the president said. province they had lost earli- killed by government fire in
LONDON,27 FEBRUARY Tunisia has a new govern- one of the nation's largest “We send our condolences. er in February. Idlib, taking its losses this
ment at last, after four breweries in Milwaukee, killing We'll be with them, and it's State news agency SANA month alone to 19.
Britain laid out its opening months of arguing among five fellow workers before ta- a terrible thing, a terrible acknowledged that there were Turkey, which supports
demands for the upcoming rival parties. king his own life, police said. thing.” The attack occurred "fierce clashes" between the several rebel groups in the Idlib
trade talks with the Euro- After a 15-hour debate, the The assailant who attacked at a sprawling complex that army and "terrorist groups on region, immediately respond-
pean Union on Thursday, Tunisian parliament voted the Molson Coors complex on includes a mix of corporate the Saraqeb front". ed to the attack by hitting Syr-
including a blunt threat to walk 129-77 with one abstention Wednesday was identified still contacting relatives, said offices and brewing facili- A correspondent accom- ian "regime targets", the min-
away from the negotiating to approve the government as a 51-year-old Milwaukee identities would not be ties. The complex is widely panied the rebels into Saraqeb, istry said.
table if there is no progress of Prime Minister-designate man who died of a self-inflict- released for at least 24 hours. known in the Milwaukee area where he found a ghost town The United Nations has
within four months. Elyes Fakhfakh on Thursday. ed gunshot wound, police No one was wounded beyond as “Miller Valley,” a reference of bombed out buildings warned repeatedly that the
The two sides appear head- A previous effort to form said. those who were killed, author- to the Miller Brewing Co. that deserted by its inhabitants. fighting in Idlib has the poten-
ed for a rocky first round of a government by a different “There were five individ- ities said. is now part of Molson Coors. The counterattack by the tial to create the most serious
negotiations as they try to forge prime minister failed last uals who went to work today, Officers worked for hours Molson Coors CEO Gavin rebels temporarily reverses one humanitarian crisis since the
a new relationship following month. The Islamist party just like everybody goes to to clear the more than 20 Hattersley called the shoot- of the key gains notched up start of the civil war in 2011.
the UK’s departure from the Ennahdha has six ministe- work, and they thought they buildings in the complex er “an active brewery employ- by the government since the "As the UN Security Coun-
now 27-nation bloc. fishing boats long-term access rial posts, more than any were going to go to work, where more than 1,000 peo- ee.” “Unfortunately, I am dev- launch of its offensive against cil meets today, it is urgent for
Britain and the EU both say to UK waters. Britain wants other party, because it came finish their day and return to ple work. They announced at astated to share that we lost the country's last rebel enclave Council members to adopt a
they want to reach a free to negotiate fishing quotas out on top in a parliamen- their families. They didn't a late evening news confer- five other members of our fam- in December. resolution calling for a cease-
trade agreement, but have annually. tary election in October. and tragically they never will,” ence that the work was done ily in this tragic incident,” he The cash-strapped gov- fire in Idlib," David Miliband,
starkly divergent views on Britain left the EU on 31 But it didn't win a major- Milwaukee Mayor Tom Bar- and all employees had been said in an email sent to ernment had been keen to fully the chairman of the Interna-
how it should be overseen and January but remains bound ity and has struggled to reach rett said. allowed to go home. Police employees. secure the M5, a highway tional Rescue Committee,
what constitutes fair com- by the bloc’s rules until a compromise with other par- Authorities offered no Chief Alfonso Morales said “There are no words to which connects Syria's four said.
petition between their two post-Brexit transition period ties about who should run the immediate motive for the authorities believe the shoot- express the deep sadness main cities and passes through More than half a million
economies. ends on 31 December. A government. President Kais attack and did not release er operated alone. many of us are feeling right Saraqeb. of those displaced since
The EU says Britain must divorce agreement between Saied had threatened to dis- details about the shooter or President Donald Trump now.” He said the office would The Britain-based Syrian December are children, tens
agree to follow the bloc’s rules the two sides allows for the solve parliament and call a how the shooting unfolded. addressed the shooting before be closed the rest of the week Observatory for Human Rights of thousands of whom are
in areas ranging from state aid transition to be extended for new election if it couldn't agree None of the victims was speaking at the White House and the brewery shuttered “for said that the air strikes were sleeping rough in the harsh
to environmental protec- two more years, but British on a new government. AP identified. Police, who were about his administration's the time being”. carried out by government ally winter of northern Syria.
tions, and give European Prime Minister Boris Johnson
boats access to UK fishing insists he will not agree to that.
waters, if the two sides are to
strike a good deal.
But the UK is demanding
Johnson’s Conservative
government says the UK will
be leaving the bloc’s structures,
Uncertainty looms ahead of
the right to diverge from the
bloc’s rules in order to strike
new trade agreements around
the world that it thinks will bol-
including its single market for
trade in goods and services,
as of 1 January, 2021.
Britain hopes by then to
US-Taliban peace deal signing
ster the British economy. have a trade agreement with AGENCIES our pledges to start talks with
“In pursuit of a deal we will the bloc similar to the one DOHA, 27 FEBRUARY the government of President
not trade away our sover- struck between the EU and Ashraf Ghani, who until now
eignty,” Michael Gove, the Canada. Such a deal would Washington and the Taliban they have dismissed as a US-
minister in charge of Brexit eliminate tariffs and quotas are set to sign a deal Saturday backed puppet, and seek a
preparations, told lawmakers on trade and goods, but it’s to secure America's exit from comprehensive “intra-Afghan”
in the House of Commons. less clear what it would mean its longest war through grad- ceasefire and peace deal.
“We will not be seeking to for the services sector that ually withdrawing troops and The insurgents are also
dynamically align with EU makes up four-fifths of Britain’s starting talks between Kabul supposed to guarantee
rules on EU terms, governed economy. The UK also aspires and the insurgents. faltered repeatedly as vio- Afghanistan is never again
by EU laws and EU institu- to strike side agreements in The agreement will likely lence raged. used by jihadist groups such
tions.” areas including fisheries, law be heralded as marking the While the deal's contents as Al-Qaeda and Islamic State
Britain’s negotiating man- enforcement and judicial start of a hopeful new era for have not been publicly dis- to plot foreign attacks.
date insists that “we will not cooperation. Afghanistan, which has seen closed, it is expected to see the Meanwhile, Pakistan Prime
agree to any obligations for The British government is 40 years of conflict. Pentagon begin pulling troops Minister Imran Khan met
our laws to be aligned with the warning businesses that no But what happens next is from Afghanistan, where Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim
EU’s, or for the EU’s institu- matter what happens there will anyone's guess, with questions between 12,000-13,000 are bin Hamad Al-Thani in Doha
tions, including the Court of be new barriers to trade swirling around the Taliban's currently based. on Thursday, just two days
Justice, to have any jurisdic- between Britain and the EU, intentions and Afghanistan The US has said an initial prior to the signing of a land-
tion in the UK” which currently accounts for once more in the grip of a polit- drawdown over the coming mark peace deal between the
That conflict will be one of almost half of UK trade. Even ical crisis threatening to plunge months would be to about US and the Taliban.
the big hurdles in talks, which with a free trade deal there will the impoverished country 8,600, similar to the troop Qatar's Energy Minister
are due to begin Monday in be new border checks and cus- further into the abyss. level President Donald Trump Saad Sheirda Al-Kaabi received
Brussels. Fishing is likely to toms forms to fill out. The accord, to be signed inherited after his 2016 elec- Khan at the airport.
be another flashpoint. EU The EU-Canada deal also in Doha, comes after more tion win. This is the second visit of
nations, especially France, took years to strike, now the A woman wearing a protective mask holds her cat as she poses for a picture during a protest than a year of talks between Further reductions depend Prime Minister Khan to Qatar
want Britain to grant European two sides have just months. against corruption in the Iraqi government in the southern city of Basra on Thursday. � AFP the Taliban and the US that on how well the Taliban hon- after taking office in 2018.

UN disarmament chief: Nuke arms race is threatening world TENDER

ASSOCIATED PRESS Cold War lows since Moscow's March 5 and to support the Germany's Foreign Minister
UNITED NATIONS, 27 FEBRUARY 2014 annexation of Ukraine's upcoming conference to Heiko Maas told the council
Crimea. review and advance its goals that despite its achievements
The UN disarmament chief Last year, Russia and the which starts April 27 and ends the NPT is facing serious set-
warned Wednesday that the US both withdrew from the May 22. backs: Nuclear disarmament
specter of an unbridled nuclear 1987 Intermediate-range Russia and the United has come to a standstill. New
arms race is threatening the Nuclear Forces Treaty, the US States clashed at the meeting technologies are creating dan-
world for the first time since saying it pulled out because over the breakdown in arms gerous strategic imbalances.
the 1970s, the height of the Cold of Russian violations and the control negotiations. And proliferation crises are
War between the United States Kremlin denying breaching the But they supported a state- demanding our fullest atten-
and the former Soviet Union. treaty's terms. ment by the 15-member Secu- tion. He pointed to North
Izumi Nakamitsu didn't Russia has said the US also rity Council saying the treaty, Korea acquiring nuclear
name any countries but she appears reluctant to extend the known as the NPT, remains the weapons, disregarding the
was clearly referring to the New START treaty, the only cornerstone of the nuclear NPT and Security Council
United States and Russia, and treaty governing the number President Vladimir Putin that nuclear arms race, one not nonproliferation regime and resolutions, as a key failure.
possibly China, when she told of strategic nuclear weapons a new intercontinental weapon based on numbers but on the foundation for the pursuit Maas said the only realis-
the UN Security Council that deployed by the two countries, that can fly 27 times the speed faster, stealthier and more of nuclear disarmament and tic way ahead is applying
relationships between states which expires in 2021. of sound had become opera- accurate weapons, she said. the peaceful uses of nuclear pressure and stepping up
especially nuclear-weapon Last week, US Defense tional, bolstering the country's Regional conflicts with a energy. nuclear diplomacy.
states are fractured. Secretary Mark Esper touted nuclear strike capability. nuclear dimension are wors- The council resolved to He urged international
So-called great power com- a multibillion-dollar plan for Nakamitsu warned that ening, and proliferation chal- advance the NPT's goals and support for US efforts to nego-
petition is the order of the day, a top-to-bottom moderniza- the specter of unconstrained lenges are not receding. underlined the treaty's essen- tiate with North Korea, and for
Nakamitsu said. tion of America's nuclear nuclear competition looms The Security Council meet- tial role in the preservation of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal
Division, distrust and a arsenal to keep up with Rus- over us for the first time since ing was requested by Ger- international peace, security which remains the best and
dearth of dialogue are increas- sia and outpace China. the 1970s. many to commemorate the and stability as well as the ulti- only promising tool to keep
ingly the norm. Russia-US In late December, Russia's We are witnessing what 50th anniversary of the Nuclear mate objective of a world Iran from obtaining nuclear
relations have been at post- defense minister reported to has been termed a qualitative Nonproliferation Treaty on without nuclear weapons. weapons.


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Saudi Arabia halts pilgrimage over virus
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THUMBNAILS rupted as well. The government
The hardest-hit nation in ordered the closure of
the Mideast is Iran, where schools and universi-
the state-run IRNA news ties, cafes, cinemas
ASSOCIATED PRESS spare all humanity from all agency reported the new 22 and public spaces until
DUBAI, 27 FEBRUARY harm.” deaths out of 141 cases of the
Disease outbreaks always illness, named COVID-19.
7 March in a bid to

audi Arabia on Thurs- have been a concern sur- Experts are concerned Iran contain the virus
day halted travel to the rounding the hajj, required of may be underreporting cases
holiest sites in Islam over all able-bodied Muslims once and deaths, given the illness' BAGHDAD, 27 FEBRUARY
fears about a viral epi- in their life, especially as pil- rapid spread from Iran across
demic just months ahead of grims come from all over the the Persian Gulf. For example, Iraq announced the first con-
the annual hajj world. Iran still has not confirmed any firmed case of coronavirus in
pilgrimage, a move that came The earliest recorded out- cases in Mashhad, even though the capital Baghdad on
as the Mideast has over 240 break came in 632 as pilgrims a number of cases reported in Thursday, taking nationwide
Russian President Vladimir
confirmed cases of the new fought off malaria. A cholera Kuwait are linked to the Iran- infections to six and raising
Putin and Mayor of
coronavirus. outbreak in 1821 for instance ian city. concerns about the capacity
Moscow Sergei Sobyanin
The extraordinary deci- killed an estimated 20,000 In Bahrain, which con- of the dilapidated health sys-
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a meeting at the new COVID-19 coronavirus infectious
at the Dream Island amu-
sion by Saudi Arabia stops forei- pilgrims. Another cholera out- firmed 33 cases as of Thurs- tem to respond.
disease control headquarters at the prime minister's office in Tokyo on Thursday. Abe called on
sement park ahead of its
gners from reaching the holy break in 1865 killed 15,000 pil- day morning, authorities halt- public schools to close nationwide from 2 March to prevent the spread of the new virus. � AFP
The government
upcoming inauguration in
city of Mecca and the Kaaba, grims and then spread world- ed all flights to Iraq and announced sweeping mea-
Moscow on Thursday. � AFP
the cube-shaped structure wide. Lebanon. It separately extend- sures late Wednesday to try to
the world's 1.8 billion Muslims More recently, Saudi Ara- ed a 48-hour ban over flights contain the spread of the

Strasbourg fire kills five: A

fire on Thursday in the
pray toward five times a day.
The decision also affected
travel to Prophet Muham-
bia faced the danger from
another coronavirus, one that
caused the Middle East res-
from Dubai and Sharjah in the
United Arab Emirates, through
which infected travelers
South Korea, US postpone military drills virus, ordering the closure of
schools and universities, cafes,
cinemas and other public
French city of Strasbourg mad's mosque in Medina. piratory syndrome, or MERS, reached the island kingdom ASSOCIATED PRESS spaces until March 7.
has left five people dead Authorities also suspended which jumped from ill camels off the coast of Saudi Arabia. SEOUL, 27 FEBRUARY It also banned travel to or
and seven injured, the res- entry to the kingdom to those to humans. The kingdom Iranian President Hassan from some of the worst affect-
cue services said. The fire with tourist visas from nations increased its public health Rouhani said there were no The South Korean and US ed countries, including China,
broke out overnight in a affected by the new virus. measures during the hajj in immediate plans to quaran- militaries on Thursday Iran, Japan, South Korea, Thai-
seven-storey apartment The decision showed the 2012 and 2013, though no tine cities but acknowledged announced that they were land, Singapore, Italy, Kuwait
block and firemen had to worry about the outbreak outbreaks occurred amid the it may take one, two or three postponing their annual and Bahrain.
evacuate many people as potentially spreading into pilgrimage. weeks to get control of the virus joint drills due to concern Iraq had already blocked
thick smoke enveloped Saudi Arabia, whose oil-rich Since September 2012, in Iran. about a viral outbreak that entry for foreigners travel-
their homes. AFP monarchy stakes its legiti- there have been nearly 2,500 As Iran's 80 million people has infected soldiers in both ling from neighbouring Iran,
macy on protecting Islam's cases of MERS reported, with find themselves increasingly countries' armed forces, put the main source of coron-
holy sites. 858 deaths attributed to the isolated in the region by the many troops in quarantine avirus infections in the Mid-
Domingo drops Spain The epicenter in the virus, according to the World outbreak, the country's sanc- and closed base facilities. dle East, or China, where
show: Scandal-hit opera Mideast's most-affected coun- Health Organization. tions-battered economy saw Twenty-two South Kore- COVID-19 originated.
star Placido Domingo on try, Iran, appears to be in the Since it emerged in Decem- its currency slump to its low- an soldiers and one Ameri- further notice. tioned. The health ministry said the
Thursday said his apology holy Shiite city of Qom, where ber in central China, the new est level against the US dol- can service member in South South Korean military In recent days, South first case in Baghdad was in
over sexual harassment the faithful in reverence reach coronavirus has sickened lar in a year on Wednesday. Korea have tested positive for chief Park Han-ki proposed Korea suspended some uni- a young man who had recent-
allegations had given a out to kiss and touch a famous 82,000 people globally, with Meanwhile, Iraq's Health the new coronavirus, which the delay out of concerns for lateral field training, placed ly returned from Iran.
“false impression” but can- shrine. Iran now has the high- more than 2,700 deaths. Ministry on Thursday has infected about 1,770 troop safety and Robert 9,990 troops under quar- The patient was placed
celled his appearance in an est death toll from the virus While millions attend the announced the first coron- people in the Asian country, Abrams, the commander of antine and banned most of under quarantine in a Bagh-
upcoming performance in 22 dead from among 141 con- hajj, which is this year set for avirus case in the capital, the largest outbreak out- the US military in South its enlisted soldiers from dad hospital and is currently
Madrid. AFP firmed cases outside of China, late July into early August, Baghdad, bringing the over- side mainland China. Korea, accepted Park's pro- leaving their bases. The US “in good health,” it said in a
where the outbreak began. millions more come during the all number of cases reported The allies have previ- posal based on the severity military closed some ameni- statement.
The tiny, oil-rich nation of rest of the year to the holy sites in the country to six. All have ously suspended or scaled of the virus outbreak, said ties at several bases and was Iraq's six confirmed cases
Heathrow win: Britain's Kuwait announced a sudden in the kingdom. Those other been linked to Iran. back their regular military Kim Joon Rak, a spokesman urging its personnel to avoid have all been traced to neigh-
Court of Appeal on Thurs- jump to 43 cases from 26 on pilgrimages are referred to as Iraq has taken drastic mea- exercises, but that was part at the South Korean Joint handshakes and large gath- bouring Iran, a popular tourism
day ruled in favour of Thursday as well, all linked to the umrah. One of the biggest sures to stem the spread, of diplomatic efforts to dis- Chiefs of Staff. erings if possible. destination for Iraqis, who
green campaigners who travellers who recently came times for the umrah is the Mus- including ordering schools arm North Korea, which Lee Peters, a US military Experts say the post- also visit the country to receive
oppose the building of a from Iran. There have been no lim holy fasting month of and universities closed for 10 views the training as a spokesman, said the post- ponement of the drills was medical treatment.
third runway at London's confirmed cases of the new Ramadan, which is set to days, starting Thursday. rehearsal for an invasion. ponement decision “was inevitable because the poten- Many hospitals in Iraq are
Heathrow airport, coronavirus in Saudi Arabia begin at the end of April. The government also It's the first time that the not taken lightly” and that tial spread of the virus into poorly equipped or in disre-
Europe's busiest. The amid the outbreak. “It is unprecedented, at banned public gatherings and allies have put off their drills two countries' alliance military barracks could weak- pair and there are fewer than
court said the UK govern- “Saudi Arabia renews its least in recent times, but given ordered the closures of cine- due to concerns about an remains “ironclad and en military readiness. 10 doctors for every 10,000 peo-
ment had failed to take support for all international the worldwide spread of the mas, cafes, clubs and other infectious disease, accord- unbreakable”. North Korea has not ple, the World Health Orga-
into account its commit- measures to limit the spread virus and the global nature of social forums for the same peri- ing to the South Korean South Korea boasts a publicly reported any case nization says.
ments to the Paris Agree- of this virus, and urges its cit- the umrah, it makes sense od. It wasn't immediately Defence Ministry. 600,000-strong military, while of the virus, but experts say The health ministry advised
ment to limit climate izens to exercise caution before from a public health and safe- clear whether the ban of pub- In a joint news conference, the US has 28,500 troops in the country also likely redu- against large gatherings, urg-
warming. AFP traveling to countries experi- ty point of view,” said Krist- lic gatherings would include South Korean and US mili- the country and those troops ced its own military training ing officials to take steps to
encing coronavirus outbreaks,” ian Ulrichsen, a research fel- anti-government protest sites tary officers said their joint are at particular risk due to as it's preoccupied with “restrict intermixing,” a move
the Saudi Foreign Ministry low at the James A Baker III such as Baghdad's landmark drills planned for the first half the close quarters at the guarding against the virus. that may deal a blow to anti-

Pak confirms said in a statement announc-

ing the decision.
Institute for Public Policy at
Rice University.
Tahrir Square, where demon-
strators have been staging a
of this year will be put off until bases where they are sta- government protests that have
gripped Baghdad and south-
first two cases “We ask God Almighty to “Especially since the Iran- sit-in for months. ern Iraq since October. AFP

of virus
Trump plays down virus threat, faces credibility test; Pence to lead efforts against crisis
ASSOCIATED PRESS As businesses, schools and thousands die from the flu each night's Democratic debate understands the gravity. New case may be 1st from
After two persons returning WASHINGTON, 27 FEBRUARY people in general think about year, contrasting that to the and the possibility one In advance, Trump played unknown origin: A new
from Iran tested positive for preparing, the X-factor may be coronavirus. of those candidates might down the mortality rate for a coronavirus case in California
the deadly coronavirus in US President Donald Trump an unpredictable president After two days of the stock replace him. pathogen that has been con- could be the first in the US that
Pakistan's largest city Karachi, faces a critical personal chal- who has clashed repeatedly market tumbling, Trump took And Trump acknowledged firmed to have killed 2,700 peo- has no known connection to
all educational institutions lenge in grappling with the new with scientists in his own to Twitter on Wednesday that the outbreak could have ple globally. His top economic travel abroad or another known
in Sindh and Balochistan coronavirus outbreak: Ask- administration and tends to morning to blame the media an impact on GDP but insist- adviser, Larry Kudlow, echoed case, a possible sign the virus
provinces have been closed. ing Americans to believe him see any crisis through the and Democrats for causing ed that the US economy is still Trump's outlook, saying Tues- is spreading in a US commu-
On Wednesday, a young after he and some of his top lens of his own reelection undue alarm and harming doing great. day that the US had con- nity, health officials said.
man tested positive for the advisers have contradicted chances. American financial markets. The setting for Trump's tained the threat of a domes- The Centers for Disease
novel coronavirus in Karachi, federal scientists in playing health experts. And he encour- I don't think it's inevitable, He singled out MSNBC evening press conference ~ the tic outbreak. Control and Prevention report-
the first confirmed case in down the threat. aged Americans to be prepared Trump said at the news con- and CNN for doing every- White House press briefing Trump's and Kudlow's ed the case Wednesday.
Pakistan. Shortly after, anoth- Keenly aware of the stakes for the virus' potential spread. ference, where he announced thing possible to make the room ~ was meant to offer a comments were at odds with California officials said the
er case was confirmed and not just for public health but But he continued to min- Vice President Mike Pence coronavirus look as bad as pos- sense of calm and assurance warnings from Centers for person is a resident of Solano
both have returned from also his credibility, Trump imise the risk, saying the out- would lead the administration's sible, including panicking by the president. Disease Control and Preven- County, northeast of San Fran-
Iran, Special Advisor on conducted a lengthy press break may get a little bigger; response to the outbreak. markets, if possible, and added It was only the second time tion officials who said Amer- cisco, and is getting medical
Health Dr Zafar Mirza said. conference Wednesday it may not get bigger at all. And I think it has a chance that that incompetent ‘Do Noth- in his presidency that Trump ican communities need to care in Sacramento County.
Sindh Education Minis- evening aimed at reassuring he continued to distance him- it could get worse. There is a ing Democrat’ comrades are had spoken from the podium prepare now for when the They said they have begun the
ter Saeed Ghani announced everyone that he has the cri- self from the stated opinion chance you can get fairly sub- all talk, no action. in that room, and aides disease starts spreading process of tracking down peo-
on Twitter that “all Govt and sis well in hand. of public health officials that stantially worse. But noth- He blamed part of this acknowledged he was trying domestically. So far, there ple who the patient has been
private educational institu- Trump surrounded himself it’s inevitable the virus will spr- ing's inevitable. He also said week's stock market slide on to underscore that he has the have been just 60 confirmed in contact with, a process
tions will remain closed on with his administration's top ead within the United States. he had recently learned that people's reaction to Tuesday situation under control and cases in the US. known as contact tracing.
Thursday & Friday (27th &
28th Feb).”
Balochistan government
announced to close down all
educational institutions
Virulence of China virus declines; toll 2744
across the province till March
15. An official handout said PRESS TRUST OF INDIA 2,019 cases. Capital Beijing member team which con-
the government took the BEIJING, 27 FEBRUARY
China’s National Health reported 10 cases on Wednes- ducted a nine-day field study
step “as a precaution to pro- Commission received day, taking the total number trip to Beijing, Guangdong,
tect children from coron- The virulence of the novel coro- reports of 433 new of cases to 400. Sichuan and Hubei is that
avirus.” navirus continues to show a confirmed cases and All over China, a total of besides adopting a science-
“I can confirm first two declining trend in China which 29 deaths on Wednes- 2,358 people were still sus- driven agile response, China
cases of coronavirus in Pak- reported 29 new fatalities, pected of being infected with followed a pragmatic approach
istan. Both cases are being the lowest in weeks, taking
day from 31 provin- the virus. A total of 32,495 peo- which is “technology-pow-
taken care of according to the death toll to 2,744 while cial-level regions on ple had been discharged from ered and science-driven”.
clinical standard protocols the confirmed cases climbed the mainland hospital after recovery includ- “They are using big data,
& both of them are stable. No to 78,497, officials said on ing 23,200 in Hubei province. artificial intelligence (AI) in
need to panic, things are Thursday. The province, which is By the end of Wednesday, places,” Aylward said, adding
under control,” Mirza tweet- The country's National under lockdown, reported 91 confirmed cases including that China has managed mas-
ed on Wednesday. Health Commission (NHC) 409 new confirmed cases on two deaths had been report- sive amounts of data in find-
“If you or somebody you said it received reports of 433 Wednesday, taking the total ed from Hong Kong, 10 con- ing each COVID-19 cases and
know have recently returned new confirmed coronavirus confirmed cases to 65,596, local firmed cases in Macao and 32 tracing contacts.
from China, Iran or a coun- cases and 29 deaths on Wedn- health commission said. in Taiwan including one death. However, President Xi Jin-
try where #COVID?19 is esday from 31 provincial- Wuhan reported 383 new Bruce Aylward, an epi- ping, who presided over a
prevalent and if there are level regions on the mainland. confirmed cases and 19 new demiologist who led an high power meeting on
symptoms like fever, cough, Among the deaths, 26 were deaths on Wednesday. In total, advance team from the World Wednesday said while the
difficulty in breathing, please from the epicentre of the the city has registered 47,824 Health Organisation (WHO), positive trend in preventing
report by calling at 1166,” he virus Hubei province and its confirmed cases. told the media in Geneva that and controlling the epidem-
was quoted by the Dawn capital Wuhan and one each In all 34,978 people were China has changed the course ic is expanding and economic
news on Thursday. from Beijing, Heilongjiang hospitalised in Hubei province of COVID-19 outbreak, not- and social development is
Pakistan has closed its bor- and Henan, it said. of which 6,581 were still in ing that the rapidly escalat- rapidly recovering, the situ-
der with Iran where at least In Hubei province alone severe condition and 1,403 oth- ing outbreak has plateaued and ation in Hubei and Wuhan
19 people have died from the 2,641 people died due to the ers in critical condition. come down faster than the pre- remains “complex and grim
virus. He said the government Pakistani soldiers wearing facemasks patrol near the closed Pakistan-Iran border in Taftan on as
virus since it erupted in The commission also said viously expected. as the risk of a rebound of the
had taken effective protec- fears over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus escalate following its outbreak. � AFP
December last year including Hubei reported 403 suspect- Aylward said the unani- epidemic in other regions
tive measures. PTI 2,104 fatalities in Wuhan. ed cases, taking the total to mous assessment of the 25- cannot be overlooked”.


Referees always come (to the Bernabeu)
and make decisions against us on purpose,
it’s always the same.

De Bruyne makes the difference Tousart gives Lyon the
Rijiju's hope: Sport minis-
ter Kiren Rijiju on Thurs- Guardiola’s approach made things hard for City but when De Bruyne switched roles, the night changed
edge against Juventus
day said he expected the Real Madrid 1 took a while for City to get this.
Tokyo Olympics to go Manchester City 2 It was often as if City needed
ahead smoothly despite to bring it back to basics a bit,
fears being expressed MIGUEL DELANEY and just look to play through
about the fate of the MADRID, 27 FEBRUARY: Madrid more. It was thereby
Games amid the novel no coincidence they looked so

coronavirus threat. The f this is to be a last run at much better when De Bruyne
Olympic Games are sched- the Champions League decided to drop deeper and
uled to be held in July- for Pep Guardiola’s Man- drive through the middle. It was
August. chester City, it has start- the source of City’s best moves.
ed with new ground broken – Alongside him, Riyad
as well as some significant men- Mahrez was having the most
Moscow chess: Indian tal blocks broken. Riyad Mahrez of games, often
Grandmaster B Adhiban It was quite a turnaround brilliant and frustrating in the
held Azerbaijani's Rauf all round. Against the oppo- same passage of control. He
Mamedov to a draw in the sition that mean the most to took Ferland Mendy out of the
eighth round to remain in Guardiola, and the club most game with one audacious
contention for the top associated with the European twist, only to then shoot wide
spot in a Moscow chess Cup, in a situation that seemed with the feeblest of efforts. If
tournament. Adhiban was to sum up so much of what has that was typical Mahrez, it
on 5.5 points after the gone wrong in this competi- was also a fitting prelude to typ-
draw which followed a 74- tion for the Catalan, he may ical City 2019-20. Their best
Action during the match � AFP
move marathon. well have produced a victory Action during the match � AFP spell was the set-up for one of
that means the most. their worst moments, and a
That’s how significant this series of setbacks. There was so lacking in any kind of greater were barely on the ball, ced- Madrid goal. Nicolas Ota- AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE a Lyon team looking like pos-
Leeds win: Mateusz Klich 2-1 comeback against Real first of all the unfortunate idea. ing up to 70 per cent of pos- mendi lost it, Kyle Walker tried LYON, 27 FEBRUARY: sibly the weakest left in the
fired Leeds back to within Madrid felt. It was a night of Aymeric Laporte injury. There This is compounded by session to Madrid. When they to take too much out of it, and competition.
four points of Champi- realisation, and some reck- was then even more anxiety the fact Zidane himself does- had it, Bernardo Silva and De Vinicius just took it off him to Cristiano Ronaldo drew a The visitors' attack was led
onship leaders West Brom oning. This was the first time at the back, as illustrated by n’t think too much about the Bruyne were being deployed play in Isco. blank as a Lucas Tousart goal by a Ronaldo in fine shape,
with a 1-0 victory at Mid- Madrid had failed to win – let the error that led to Isco’s opposition. Those close to in curious false-nine posi- It was a horror show, but handed Lyon a surprise 1-0 with the 35-year-old having
dlesbrough on Wednesday. alone lost – a Champions opening goal. Most of all, the Real Madrid dressing room tions. also appeared an inevitable win over Juventus in the first scored in all nine appear-
The Polish international League knockout first leg since though, there was the way say it usually only amounts to The whole set-up had the progression of the anxiety leg of their Champions League ances in 2020 and netted 19
midfielder's goal on the 2013. It also felt like Guardi- this seemed to be setting up “15 minutes” ahead of big effect of slowing the game that was gripping that back- last-16 tie in France. times since the beginning of
stroke of half-time ola’s first big away win in the same old story: a ques- games. In other words, he down, but they weren’t alone line without Laporte. The die Midfielder Tousart net- December.
clinched a third consecu- Europe since, well, his last tionable Guardiola approach doesn’t go into anything like in that. Madrid’s big games this had been cast in another way, ted in the 31st minute on He and his club -- beaten
tive 1-0 win. one here in 2011. needlessly complicating an the detail Guardiola does. season have all been low scor- though. City had realised they Wednesday to give Lyon a lead in five Champions League
Will that be the prelude to away game. City played Madrid generally just trust ing, never going above a goal. were the better side. They to defend when they head to finals since last lifting the
something as great? This did through all of that, to just themselves regardless of the They don’t have the same fire- went back to a more natural Turin for the return on March trophy in 1996 -- are in a
Beckham relieved: David have the feel of a significant play through Madrid. The opposition. power any more, especially with approach, and naturally began 17. hurry to succeed in this com-
Beckham's quest to launch night precisely because of the peerless De Bruyne, of course, That made Guardiola’s Eden Hazard out. to boss the game. De Bruyne The goal came with Juven- petition, but they did not
a Major League Soccer turnaround. The feel of that was central to that. It did usual attempt to quadruple or It does feel telling that a pre- did that more than anyone. He tus defender Matthijs de Ligt play like contenders to go all
franchise will finally come mental block being broken was make a difference, however, quintuple bluff the opposition vious member of the sup- set up Gabriel Jesus’ equalis- off receiving treatment, but the way.
to fruition on Sunday meanwhile made all the stark- that he was actually moved to all the more curious. You can’t porting cast, in Karim Benze- er, before scoring the penal- it was just reward for an excel- Bidding to win a Cham-
when Inter Miami make er by the fact it was Madrid that the centre. It was in that sense play poker against someone ma, is now the main event and ty that gives City such an lent first half by a Lyon side pions League knockout tie for
their competitive debut in went into meltdown, especially as if this game represented a playing solitaire. This oppo- main scoring threat. His 30th- advantage. It was just reward. enduring a mediocre cam- the first time in a decade, it
a season-opening clash with Sergio Ramos’ late red realisation for Guardiola’s side sition just aren’t looking at it minute header was parried by They had been the much bet- paign. was Lyon who quickly gained
with Los Angeles FC after card. as a whole. They realised they like you. And, for much of the Ederson, with Vinicius Junior ter team. It just took them a They then survived late the upper hand, with new sign-
a six-year journey marked City, by contrast, displayed were just better than this first half, that meant City did- fluffing the follow-up. They while to realise that. Juventus pressure to claim ing Bruno Guimaraes out-
by setbacks. supreme resilience through a pedestrian Madrid, who seem n’t really look like City. They were there to be got at. It just THE INDEPENDENT their finest European result standing anchoring the mid-
since defeating Manchester field.
City in last season's group Karl Toko-Ekambi, anoth-

Request for Cup clarification Italian golfers quarantined, forced out stage.
“It was a top-class first-half
performance from us. It was
much harder in the second
er January signing, headed off
the bar from Houssem Aouar's
corner midway through the
first half. It was a warning to
AGENCIES affected by the COVID-19, by the International Olympic half, but I was happy with how Juve of what was to come.
MILAN, 27 FEBRUARY: insisted that the team was tak- Committee. we hung in there,” said Lyon Sarri's team went tem-
ing all sensible precautions. “It's a huge operation, the coach Rudi Garcia. porarily down to 10 men after
Italian golfers Edoardo Moli- Olympic Games, so nobody “I said to the boys that De Ligt was left stricken,
nari and Lorenzo Gagli have German Open postponed wants to cancel the Games, when you're at home in the blood streaming from a head
been quarantined in Muscat Badminton's German Open that's for sure,” Chesterman first leg it's very important not wound, following a collision
and forced to pull out of the will not go ahead next week said in Sydney, after announc- to concede, and now we need in Lyon's area.
Oman Open starting Thurs- and the Polish Open has been ing members of Australia's sail- to go and score there. We With the Dutchman off,
day over fears they may have postponed, officials said as two ing team, which plans to head must remain humble, it's Lyon pounced. Aouar burst
the coronavirus. more Olympic qualifying to Tokyo in late May. only half-time.” into the box from the left
Gagli suffered flu-like symp- events fell victim to the coro- Although the Olympics Maurizio Sarri's side have and teed up Tousart to score
toms during the week and as navirus. are scheduled to open on genuine ambitions of winning from six yards.
Molinari, the older brother of It hasn't yet been decided July 24 and the Paralympics a trophy that has evaded With the heavily bandaged
former British Open winner whether the German Open, on August 25, many teams are Juventus for almost a quar- De Ligt back on, Lyon con-
Francesco, was his room- originally scheduled for March planning to arrive earlier as ter of a century now, but they tinued to threaten, Toko-
mate both have been placed 3-8, will be postponed or can- part of their final preparations. could not claim a precious Ekambi twice firing off target.
in isolation as a precaution- ian Golf Federation, told Sky celled entirely, the Badminton away goal here, with Paulo Juventus sent on Gonza-
ary measure. Sport Italia. World Federation said late Boxing affected Dybala seeing a late effort dis- lo Higuain and Aaron Ram-
Gagli told Italian news- Wednesday. The International Boxing allowed. sey in the second half and
paper La Nazione that he had Formula One New dates are being sought Association (AIBA) on Thurs- “In the first half it was not started to push Lyon back.
INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE that they might not be able been told he would have to Formula One teams were try- for the Polish Open, which was day cancelled the European the Juve that we know. We did- Nevertheless, they strug-
NEW DELHI, 27 FEBRUARY: to participate. We have com- remain isolated until next ing to focus on the second ses- meant to take place on March leg of its continental forum in n't get going in attack. I am gled to create chances, with
pleted the payments for flight Wednesday. sion of winter testing in 26-29, but it will not now fall Italy, citing the novel coron- struggling to understand cer- Ronaldo rarely looking like
South Korea has sought clar- tickets and visas," said South “It's an inexplicable deci- Barcelona while casting wor- in the qualifying period for the avirus outbreak in that coun- tain things,” said Sarri, who adding to his recent tally and
ity on India's stand on its ath- Korean Shooting Federation sion,” Gagli said. rying glances towards the Tokyo Olympics. Both events try. thought his team could have having a late penalty appeal
letes participating in the secretary-general Yongjae “If there was a risk of con- spread of coronavirus with the were in the same month as the The forum was scheduled had two penalties. rejected.
shooting World Cup to be held Lee in the letter. tagion, then they would have message: “We are concerned, All England Open, one of the to be held on Saturday in “We didn't do enough Higuain squandered a
in New Delhi from 15 March "We hope to get a direc- to isolate dozens of golfers and but there's no need to panic”. biggest events in the bad- Assisi, where the Indian box- given this was a Champions good chance before Dybala
to 26 March. tion from the federation and cancel the tournament.” As veteran driver Robert minton calendar, although ing team is currently partic- League match but fortunately was denied by the offside
In a letter to Raninder the organising committee Italy, which has reported Kubica steered his Alfa Romeo that tournament is current- ipating in a preparatory camp we still have 90 minutes to turn flag, and the Turin giants will
Singh, president of the as soon as possible. Kindly 12 deaths and 400 confirmed to the day's best time at Mont- ly still set to go ahead. for next month's Olympic it around.” have to turn the tie around
National Rifle Association of state your position regarding cases in Europe's worst out- melo, talk in the paddock qualifiers in Jordan. The match went ahead in three weeks.
India, the South Korean shoot- the COVID-19." break of the virus, has attempt- was of growing fears over the Olympics speculation “Scheduled for February before a full house at the “We believe in ourselves.
ing federation said that while The NRAI president could ed to lockdown the epicentre spread of the virus which has Athletes preparing for the 29th in Assisi, Italy AIBA Euro- Groupama Stadium, includ- With our fans right behind us,
the tournament's organis- not be reached by telephone. in the north to contain its killed over 2,700 people and Tokyo Olympics will have to pean Forum 2020 is cancelled ing around 3,000 Juventus sup- we can progress through to
ing committee had on 12 The Union health ministry spread. infected more than 80,000 in “wait and see” whether the due to COVID-19 (coron- porters allowed to attend the next stages,” insisted
February assured it of allow- yesterday issued a new trav- Molinari, 39, comes from 34 countries. Games go ahead as concerns avirus). This decision was despite calls from some French Ramsey.
ing the South Korean sharp- el advisory cautioning Indi- Turin in the north of Italy The F1 world champi- soar about the coronavirus, taken by AIBA leadership in politicians to block their They can look to what
shooters to participate, it ans against non-essential while 34-year-old Gagli hails onship, which gets under way the head of Australia's team the best interests of the del- access amid fears about the happened at the same stage
wanted further information travel to South Korea, Iran and from Florence in Tuscany, in Melbourne on March 15, said Thursday. egates,” AIBA Interim Presi- spread of the coronavirus. a year ago for inspiration --
following a travel advisory put Italy. where there have also been had already lost the Chinese Despite reassurances from dent Dr Mohamed Mous- Those fans, and the Juve then, they needed to overturn
out by India yesterday. It also states that people cases. Grand Prix from its schedule. Tokyo organisers that all plans tahsane said in a statement. squad, would have crossed the a 2-0 deficit against Atletico
"Currently, there is a great coming in from these three “We are following the sit- Ferrari, whose headquar- were on track, chef de mission The Indian boxers are Alps with confidence. The Madrid, and a Ronaldo hat-
deal of concern and worry countries are to be quaran- uation,” Marco Durante, head ters are at Maranello in north- Ian Chesterman said the ulti- scheduled to fly out of Italy Serie A leaders came as over- trick did the job in the return
among athletes and officials tined for 14 days on arrival. of the pro sector of the Ital- ern Italy, one of the areas mate decision would be made on Friday. whelming favourites against at home.

Tennis will miss Sharapova as much as she will miss tennis, even if rivals shed no tears
PAUL NEWMAN walking down a catwalk or run- been knocked out of the tour- ty.“It’s part of the sport,” she manufacturing business, when she returned from her
ning her business affairs, nament. said. “It happens everywhere. Sharapova knew what the 15-month ban three years
There will be plenty of peo- Sharapova was always the Even through to her final The crowd needs entertain- public wanted. Her commit- ago. Nevertheless, the reaction
ple around the world – espe- ultimate professional. Even match last month, Sharapo- ment.” ment to all her interests was of players at that time told a
cially those involved in the pro- during her enforced break va remained one of the sport’s Sharapova, who could com- unwavering. On the morning different story as some object-
motion of women’s tennis – from the sport she took the best -known figures, despite mand huge appearance fees, after she had completed her ed to the ease with which she
who will miss Maria Sharapova opportunity to enrol in cours- the fact that she had not won was one of the players spec- full set of Grand Slam titles by was immediately allowed back
(in photo), but the news of the es at Harvard Business School a Grand Slam title for six years. tators everywhere wanted to winning the French Open in into tournaments. “In my
32-year-old’s retirement is and do an internship at a Contrast her fame with the see. Her game was never ele- 2012, she boarded a budget opinion, for the kids, for the
unlikely to cause too much London advertising agency. comparative anonymity of gant, but she struck the ball flight to Spain, where she young players, it’s not OK to
sadness in the locker room. Making tennis friends was some of her successors and you with enormous power and spent two days putting the final help with wild card players who
From the days when she intim- never on her agenda. “Once appreciate how much the had a ferocious will to win. touches to what has been her have been banned for doping,”
idated her teenaged contem- her work is done she’s gone,” sport’s administrators will She won five Grand Slam highly successful Sugarpova Simona Halep said before
poraries at Nick Bollettieri’s Bollettieri once recalled when lament her retirement. How singles titles – among cur- confectionery enterprise. In Sharapova’s return in Stuttgart
academy in Florida with her asked about her approach to many people would recognise rently active players only Ser- her spare time, even when on in 2017.
ferocious on-court commit- practice. “She doesn’t like to the latest female Grand Slam ena and Venus Williams have tour, she loved to immerse her- Nevertheless, if opinions
ment, through to her reign at hang around. There’s no bull- singles champion, Sofia Kenin, won more – and spent a total self in sales figures and read about Sharapova have always
the very top of her sport and shitting afterwards with the if she walked down the street? of 21 weeks at the top of the consumer reports. covered a broad spectrum,
then her controversial come- other players. It’s all busi- From the day Sharapova world rankings. She would Sponsors, ranging from there was one aspect of the
back following a 15-month sus- ness.” stormed on to the world stage surely have achieved more Nike to Tag Heuer and from Russian’s character that was
pension for a drugs offence, Sharapova did not have with her Wimbledon triumph but for both the shoulder Canon to Land Rover, queued never in doubt: she simply
the Russian was never one to too many sympathetic ears in at the age of 17, the Russian problems that dogged her in up to be associated with Shara- loved playing tennis. That
seek out friends among her media centres either, but she was box office. Her glamorous the latter stages of her career pova, who for 11 years in a row was why she put herself
rivals. was rarely late for Press con- good looks helped, as did her put her on a scholarship at his also born in Russia, suffered and the ban which she served topped a list of the world’s high- through so many comebacks
Sharapova once told The ferences and interviews (unfor- extraordinary life story. Yuri, academy. She was in a talented a serious ankle injury in the after testing positive in 2016 est-earning sportswomen and why she continued to
Independent that she pre- tunately the same cannot be her father, had to borrow group of girls that included Jele- third set and eventually had for meldonium. Sharapova compiled by Forbes maga- want to play when prize money
ferred to spend as little time said for many of her contem- money to buy their air fares na Jankovic and Tatiana to retire, but while she was said she had taken the drug zine. Her career earnings are was of little consequence to
as possible in the locker room. poraries) and was often good from Russia to Florida in 1994 Golovin. “When she was 12 or being treated on the court legitimately for medical rea- estimated by Forbes at $325m her. “I really love playing,”
“It’s my least favourite place value. At the Australian Open as he sought to develop her ten- 13 Maria used to scare the shit Sharapova appeared to show sons for 10 years but had (about £252m), a total bettered she said when asked towards
in the world,” she said. “I do in 2012 she was asked about nis talent. Neither of them out of them,” Bollettieri a callous lack of interest. She failed to read a communica- only by Serena Williams, with the end of her career how she
my job at the site. I play my comments by a rival, Agniesz- could speak English at the recalled. “She intimidated said later that she had not tion from the World Anti -Dop- whom she had a career-long kept her motivation. “There’s
matches. I do what I have to ka Radwanska, who had crit- time and Sharapova’s moth- them with her game and with appreciated the seriousness ing Agency informing all ath- rivalry. nothing else that really gives
do and I prefer to live my life icised her on-court grunting. er, Elena, was unable to join the sheer force of her per- of Golovin’s injury. The crowd letes that it had been added It was no wonder that the me that feeling and that com-
away from the site rather than “Isn’t she back in Poland them for two years because of sonality.” had already been booing to its prohibited list. Women’s Tennis Association petitiveness and the thrill,
talk tennis all day.” already?” Sharapova said in a visa issues. A few years later Sharapo- Sharapova after she had taken Whether she was playing welcomed Sharapova back the emotion that I get on
Whether she was playing cutting response, referring to Bollettieri recognised Shara- va faced Golovin in a semi-final two toilet breaks, but she a tennis match, designing with open arms and tourna- court.”
tennis, designing clothes, the fact that Radwanska had pova’s talent immediately and in Miami. Golovin, who was shrugged off their animosi- clothes or running her sweet- ments threw wild cards at her THE INDEPENDENT

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tering the awkward angles think we have to practice those whatever we expected, we got Thursday took a dig at the Reserve.
which became a nightmare angles. We had a practice ses- in Wellington, we expect the Hagley Oval pitch where Apart from Mayank Agar-
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to be) more aggressive but are batting. It can mean stand- Shaw injured The pitch at the Hagley more difficult for the Indi-
having that intent and clear ing on off-stump, or standing Young opener Prithvi Shaw Oval will be closely watched an batters to come out with
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������������������������ really well in Wellington. Bowl- one spot then the bowler does- Thursday to ascertain the rea- head coach Ravi Shastri was seen the first Test in Wellington,
�������������� ing wide of the crease or from n't need to change anything. other batsmen. counter mechanism style, he son of the swelling. paying extra attention to Gill's getting dismissed cheaply in
the centre, they changed angles These are small things we have “Pujara was trying his bit, explained. “You have to come In case the medical report session. At one point, Shastri both the innings. Tim Southee
while bowling the short balls. been working onin practice and he was actually looking to score back stronger and play accord- is favourable, a call will be walked up to Gill and was seen got him for 16 with an
����������������� ������� I think their plan was completely how to use the crease and the runs. But I think Boult, Southee ingly. If you can trust your abil- taken during Friday's practice giving some technical inputs unplayable delivery in the first
����������������������� clear. angles. and all their bowlers did not give ity at the centre and counter session on his availability for about footwork to Gill and innings and he also found
�������������������������� “As a batsman, if you going Doesn't matter how much away much. It is all about hav- attack and everyone's game is the second Test. If Shaw is not what's required to check his Trent Boult's short ball difficult
�������������������������� to think about a particular you practice you must trust or ing that intent and I think different. I play completely comfortable while batting, he uppish drives. The Indian team to negotiate when he was on
��������������������������� shot, then you need to back have the belief to be able to do Pujara was actually looking to different game than Virat and will not make it to the playing management is hopeful that the 14 in the second essay. Skipper
����������������������� yourself and play that shot.You it in the middle,” he added. score runs. It happens to all bats- Pujara. As a team we need to XI. swelling will not be a serious Virat Kohli has already said
��������������������������� cannot doubt yourself. We Cheteshwar Pujara has men, I mean all batsmen go figure it out how we are going Shubman Gill had a good net concern for Shaw. that he has confidence in
������������������������ need to forget what happened drawn a lot of flak for his dour through that phase,” Rahane to play in the middle, com- session on Thursday and it is The Mumbai opener didn't Shaw's ability to come good
����������������������� inWellington,” the Indian vice- approach in the first Test where said. munication will be the key,” he expected that he would be even take part in the custom- because of his destructive abil-
�������������������������� captain said. his painstaking 11 off 81 balls Each batsman is different said. asked to open the innings ary warm-up session where ity and will certainly play him
������������ According to Rahane, the two put enormous pressure on the and everyone will have their While the 22-yard strip at the alongside Mayank Agarwal if players had a good time play- if he is fit.

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namurthy (6) brought up the
100 in the 15th over but both

����������������������� Shafali Verma's(in photo) 34- departed soon as India Virat Kohli(in photo) will be
����������������������� ball 46 followed by a superla- slumped to 104 for 6. itching to make a comeback
tive performance from the Radha Yadav then blasted in the second Test and the best
Swashbuckling Australian bowlers helped India notch 14 off nine balls, which includ- chance for New Zealand will
batsman David Warner(in up a narrow four-run win ed a six in the final over, to give be to exploit the sideways
photo) has been reinstated as over New Zealand in a crucial some respectability to the movement which can spell
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) group A match of the ICC total. trouble for the Indian captain,
captain ahead of the upcom- Women's T20 World Cup here Brief Score: feels opener Tom Latham.
ing edition of the Indian Pre- on Thursday. India women: 133 for 8 in 20 Kohli had an indifferent
mier League (IPL). Invited to bat, India post- overs (ShafaliVerma 46; Amelia tour of New Zealand so far. He
Warner had missed the ed a below-par 133 for eight Kerr 2/21). was out for 2 and 19 in the first
2018 IPL season in the after- against New Zealand in the New Zealand women: 129 Test in Wellington.
math of the infamous Sand- crucial group A match with for six in 20 overs (Amelia Kerr “When Virat comes out
paper Gate controversy where- In the four seasons he has Shafali top-scoring with a 34 not out; Shikha Pandey to bat we will be ready. He is
in he was handed a one-year played for SRH, Warner has 34-ball 46 and Taniya Bhatia Poonam Yadav and Radha powerplay overs. But they 1/21). a quality player and there is
ban by Cricket Australia. The tallied 562, 848, 642 and 692 chipping in with a 25-ball Yadav then mounted the pres- lost six wickets for 43 runs to a reason why he is up around
Australian board had also runs -- finishing with the 23. sure on the Kiwis and soon the squander the good start. Australia win that No 1 rank for such a
said that the left-handed bats- Orange Cap in 2015, 2017 India, however, produced Black Caps were 34 for 3 when Smriti Mandhana (11), In Canberra, Australia strolled period of time,” Latham said
man will not be considered and 2019. With 4,706 runs a disciplined performance the former dismissed skipper who returned to the playing to back-to-back victories at at the media conference on
for team leadership positions from 126 IPL games, the Aus- with the ball to restrict New Sophie Devine (14). XI after missing the last match the Women's Twenty20 World Thursday. “I haven't yet seen him but
in the future. tralian opener is fourth in Zealand to 129 for six and reg- Maddy Green (24) and due to illness, departed early Cup as a potent opening part- “He has done it for long when he rocks up for train-
However, Warner returned the list of the tournament's ister their third successive Katey Martin (25) then tried but Shafali and Taniya (23) kept nership between Alyssa Healy time and done it in all con- ing he will be absolutely
to IPL action last year and all-time run getters, behind win in the tournament. to resurrect the innings with the scoreboard ticking, adding and Beth Mooney helped the ditions. If the surface is con- fizzing up to get going and
played under Kane Williamson the Indian trio of Virat Kohli, With this win, India topped a 36-ball 43-run stand. 51 runs for the second wick- hosts beat Bangladesh by 86 ducive to sideways move- obviously he will be raring to
for the Hyderabad-based fran- Suresh Raina and Rohit Shar- Group A, having beaten Aus- However, Gayakwad et. runs. Healy's return to form ment we will try and exploit go. He is been a quality per-
chise. "I'm thrilled to be given ma. tralia and Bangladesh in their returned to remove Green, In the 10th over, Taniya was continued as she made a that,” said Latham. former for a number of years
the captaincy for IPL 2020," Sunrisers will begin their last two outing. who danced down the pitch caught by Amelia Kerr at carefree 83 to hit the top of Jasprit Bumrah and for us,” Latham said.
Warner said in a message IPL 13 campaign against Defending the total, India only to end up with an out- backward point, while the tournament's run-scor- Mohammed Shami might The Hagley Oval surface
posted on the SRH Twitter han- Mumbai Indians on April 1 at introduced spin straight away side edge as Bhatia did the rest. Jemimah Rodrigues (10) was ing charts, ably supported have had a below par game will have bounce and Lath-
dle. "I'm extremely grateful to the Rajiv Gandhi Interna- but Deepti Sharma bled 12 Radha then dismissed caught by Kerr in the 12th over by Mooney who ended in Wellington but Latham am expects Wagner to be
be given the opportunity to tional Stadium. runs with opener Rachel Priest Martin to leave New Zealand as India slipped to 80 for 3. unbeaten on 81. said they remain world class more than a handful.
lead the team once again. (12) hitting her for two bound- at 90 for 5 in 16.3 overs. Skipper Harmanpreet Sri Lanka gave them a bowlers and the team would “It's something that Neil
"I'd like to thank Kane Royals to play in Guwahati aries. Needing 44 off 21 balls, Kerr Kaur's (1) poor form also fright three days earlier but be certainly wary of them. has obviously been so good
and Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Rajasthan Royals will be play- But experienced pacer (34) blasted four boundaries continued as she was soon there were no such scares “We have played those at for so long and he is sec-
Kumar) for the way you guys ing two of their home games Shikha Pandey removed Priest to accumulate 18 runs in the back to the hut after being for the hosts as Bangladesh guys really well in the first Test. ond to none in terms of accu-
led throughout the last cou- in Guwahati in the upcoming in the next over when she had penultimate over bowled by caught and bowled by Leigh only managed 103 for nine in But they are World class per- racy.
ple of years, you guys did an edition of the Indian Premier her caught at mid wicket. Poonam to bring the equation Kasperek. reply and Meg Lanning's side formers and we will be wary “He is a short guy and that
outstanding job. And I'll be League (IPL). With Shikha and left-arm down to 16 off six balls. Shafali, who was dropped climbed to second in Group of them. Certainly they would makes him harder to play. If
leaning on you guys for sup- Royals will host Delhi Cap- spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad In the final over, Heyley at long-on in the 8th over and A. be on top of their game and the surface is up for that plan
port and your insight to the itals and Kolkata Knight Rid- bowling in tandem, New Jensen (11) and Kerr cracked at mid-wicket in the 10th Brief scores: Australia 189/1 if we play well it will give us he will be looking to go round
game as well. And to the man- ers on April 5 and 9 respec- Zealand played with caution a four each but Shikha held over, then holed out to Jensen (Alyssa Healy 83, Beth Mooney a good chance. We need to be with that.”
agement thank you once tively at the Barsapara Stadi- to reach 28 for one. her nerves in the end to com- at deep extra cover. She had 81 not out; Salma Khatun consistent for long periods,” The first day will be impor-
again for giving me this oppor- um. Both the games will be Back into the attack, Deep- plete the win. four hits to the fence and 1/39); Bangladesh 103/9 (Far- he said. tant reckoned Latham.
tunity. And I'll try my very, very played in the evening having ti then cleaned up Bates with Earlier, 16-year-old Shafali three maximum shots in her gana Hoque Pinky 36; Megan Latham is sure that Neil Hagley Oval has been a
best to lifting that IPL Trophy an 8 p.m. start, as per a BCCI a beauty of a delivery as New provided the fireworks as innings. Schutt 3/21, Jess Jonassen Wagner's comeback will add happy hunting ground for
this year," he added. release. Zealand slipped to 30 for two. India scored 49 for one in the Left-handed batter Deep- 2/17) firepower to the side. the New Zealanders.

Bengal back
referrals Pressure on De Kock ahead of Oz one-day games
��������������������� �������������������� against Australia, starting at Newlands retain their places. Kock has been South Africa's “I'm not too sure,” he said. Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav
�������������������� Boland Park in the Cape Already this season, De top-scorer and in three of them “It was just another blow-out.” Maharaj, Janneman Malan,
Bengal coach Arun Lal and Winelands on Saturday. Kock has carried the burden he has been man of the match. When De Kock was appoint- David Miller, Lungi Ngidi,
captain Abhimanyu Easwaran South Africa's Quinton de On the face of it, De Kock, of being South Africa's best He has been his country's ed, Cricket South Africa's Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehluk-
today supported the cricket Kock claimed he had not felt 27, has been handed an almost batsman as well as being leading run-scorer in five of acting director of cricket, wayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz
board's move to use the deci- under pressure as captain impossible task. Several of wicketkeeper and skipper. the six series and the second- Graeme Smith, described his Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla, Jon-
sion review system - DRS - for after a tense one-run win in South Africa's most experi- South Africa's crushing highest run-scorer in the “unique outlook and manner Jon Smuts, Kyle Verreynne.
the first time in the semi-finals a Twenty20 international enced players, including for- defeat in the third Twenty20 other. As an opening batsman, in which he goes about his Australia: Aaron Finch
of the Ranji Trophy. The DRS against England earlier this mer captain Faf du Plessis, fast international against Aus- De Kock has top-scored for business”, adding he was (captain), Ashton Agar, Alex
will be in use for the first month. bowler Dale Steyn and con- tralia earlier this week meant his side in six out of ten “tactically very street smart.” Carey (wkt), Pat Cummins,
time on India's domestic cir- “I was still calm the whole sistent scorer Rassie van der they have lost five out of six white-ball matches. There has been some evi- Josh Hazlewood, Marnus
cuit in the two Ranji semi-finals way,” he said, citing confi- Dussen, have been rested. series across all formats since When he fails, as he did dence of that in some of his Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh,
beginning on Saturday. The dence in the knowledge his Aaron Finch will be leading the start of their tour of India when bowled in the first over on-field decisions but jour- Kane Richardson, D'Arcy
four semi-finalists -- Bengal, players understood if they what looks like a full-strength in September. by Mitchell Starc in the first nalists seeking meaningful Short, Steve Smith, Mitchell
Karnataka, Saurashtra and stuck to the basics they could touring side with the excep- The only exception being and third T20 matches, the rest insight from the captain are Starc, Matthew Wade, David
Gujarat -- will benefit from the prevail in a tight finish. tion of Glenn Maxwell, who a rain-affected one-day series of the batting has crumbled. likely to be disappointed. Warner, Adam Zampa.
use of the virtual pitch map De Kock's calmness has is missing because of surgery. against England. During that Never entirely comfortable De Kock acknowledged
(for lbw decisions) and slow- been tested considerably Steve Smith and David time they have won only five and seldom articulate in fac- he is not the finished article. Fixtures:
motion cameras, with each since then - and the challenge Warner, who returned to the out of 17 completed match- ing the media, De Kock strug- South Africa: Quinton de February 29, Paarl
team getting four reviews in is set to be ratcheted up in a scene of the sandpaper scan- es. gled to explain Wednesday's Kock (captain, wkt), Temba March 4, Bloemfontein
every innings. ��� three-match one-day series dal in Wednesday's victory at In four of those wins De loss. Bavuma, Beuran Hendricks, March 7, Potchefstroom.
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meet CM to talk investment

������������������� various countries,” said Shaik
Zavier Ali.
Brahmabarada in Jajpur dis- Around 1000 trained vol-
trict is all set to host the three- unteers would manage the
day-long international Islam- whole affair, including traffic
��������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ic congregation, best known arrangements from the rail-
as Ijtema, in which around two way station, air port and bus
���������������������� ese invest in sectors like auto- Choubey gave a presenta- lakh Muslims from across the stand, to the venue, he said.
������������������������ mobiles, food processing, tion about the new initia- world are expected to partic- Camps for volunteers have
chemicals and petro chemi- tives called Purvodaya which ipate. Muslims, including been put up at Jajpur Road,

high level delegation cals in the state. aims to drive accelerated scholars and religious heads, Bhadrak, Cuttack and
led by union minis- Odisha today is the high- development of eastern India from Bangladesh, Morocco, Bhubaneswar Railway Sta-
ter for petroleum, est producer of steel in India through the establishment Yemen, Sri Lanka, France, tions, bus stands and other
natural gas and steel and the strong base of steel of integrated steel hubs for Malaysia, Indonesia, Fiji, Aallmi Ijtema Preparato- places for assistance to mem-
Dharmendra Pradhan and making in the state provides which Odisha has the poten- South Africa and Ghana have ry committee local chief Shaik bers of jamaats.
the ambassador of Japan to a huge opportunity for ancil- tial. started arriving at the religious Zavier Ali, said allopathic, As many as 40 platoons of
India Satoshi Suzuki, met lary and downstream indus- The eastern belt has the venue. The event will be held homeopathic and unani treat- police forces have been
chief minister Naveen Patnaik tries. in the previous edition of the tourism, and other areas of potential to add more than 75 under a tent spread across 200 ment facilities would be avail- deployed at the venue. Besides,
in Bhubaneswar exploring The state government is Conclave. investment in the state. percent of the country's incre- acres at Brahmabarada on able at the venue, besides two additional SPs, 6 DSPs, 7
avenues for steel clusters and now focusing on encouraging The chief minister express- He noted that already two mental steel capacity envi- Baruan Balichandrapur road, round-the-clock ambulance SDPOs, 5 inspectors, 15 sub
Japanese investment. value addition in steel and es hope for wider and deep- Japanese steel majors had sioned by the national steel while all arrangements have services. inspectors will camp at the site.
The discussions centered stainless steel so as to achieve er engagement between the invested in Odisha by tying up policy. It is expected that out been made. Entry to the zone “We feel proud of the fact Jajpur SP Charan Singh Meena
around developing steel clus- at least fifty percent value state of Odisha and Japanese with steel companies. of the 300 Mt capacity by has been restricted. that we have been hosting the will camp at the site, officials
ters and downstream indus- addition by the year 2030, he industries in the coming years. Nippon, one of them is 2030-31, over 200 Mt can The annual global Muslim event of international impor- said. Notably, Brahmabarada
tries. said. Union Steel minister Dhar- associated with Arcelor Mit- come from this region alone. congregation will begin after tance in a remote village like is organising such an inter-
Chief minister Naveen Pat- The CM also urged the mendra Pradhan highlighted tal which has taken over the State minister, steel and their early morning prayers Brahmabarada for the second national Islamic congrega-
naik offered an exclusive Japan Japanese ambassador to con- the potential of Odisha and Essar project in Odisha, he mines, Prafulla Mallick, chief named Fajr Namaz on Satur- time. We will ensure proper tion for the second time after
Industrial Cluster and town- sider to be the partner coun- said the state is poised to be observed. secretary, Asit Tripathy and offi- day and conclude with a mass accommodation, sanitation 24 years. The last meet was
ship near Bhubaneswar. try for the make-in-Odisha the steel hub of the country. Union additional secre- cers of the centre and state were prayer on Monday, said the and care of all the delegates, held in 1996. (representa-
He proposed that Japan- Conclave-2020 as it had done He also emphasised on tary, ministry of steel, Rasika present. organisers. religious heads and their asso- tional image)

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flanked by union ministers �������������������
Arjun Munda and Renuka The BJP has issued show ������������ ���
Singh Saruta inaugurated the cause notices to two of its ������������������
Capacity Building Programme zilla parishad members
for tribal panchayati raj insti- who had voted in a bypoll
tution members in in favour of the BJD candi- ���������������������
Bhubaneswar on Thursday. and 1731 schools have been TSP block, representatives of date. �������������������
Union Tribal Affairs Min- established to provide qual- all the 62 ST communities of The BJP had issued a ���������������������
ister Arjun Munda said the ity education to more than six the state, NGOs and selected whip asking their mem- ������������������
capacity building programme lakh students. tribal domain experts are par- bers not to vote in the
of will empower PRI func- Mission Suvidya has been ticipating in the programme. byelection to the post of Padmapur were served show
tioning in tribal areas. initiated to ensure quality Union minister of state chairperson zilla parishad. cause notice after the dis-
It will help in accessing var- standards in all the hostels (MoS) Renuka Singh Saruta, The byelection was neces- trict BJP president S K Pat-
ious programs, schemes and thereby setting high bench- ST/SC development minister, sitated due to the death of naik appraised the state
availing different kinds of marks, he said. Odisha Jagannath Sarka and the chairman Purusota- leadership about the cross
entitlements. Mission Jeebika has been secretary tribal affairs, govt of m a m a n g o o f t h e Co n - voting.
Chief minister Naveen Pat- successful in promoting liveli- India, Deepak Khandekar also gress.The polling was held In another development
naik said a training pro- hoods and already about addressed the meeting. on 19 February and the BJD , the Congress members
gramme for 30,000 sched- 23,000 tribal households have Ranjana Chopra, principal candidate emerged the win- led by district president
uled tribe PRI members, in a been covered to provide sus- secretary ST/SC development ner. Durga Prasad Panda and
period of six to nine months tainable economic uplift- department said more than The Congress had 11 Apalaswamy Kadraka and
will be conducted. ment, stated the CM. 450 persons are participating members, the BJD 7 and BJP others filed a case in the
He highlighted initiatives Special Development in the programme. four. But the BJD managed Rayagada police station
of his government for the Councils have been set up, he Odisha is the first State in to upstage the Congress against the BJD on charges
socio-economic and educa- added. the entire country to con- and win the by-election. of horse trading. They
tional empowerment of the Block chairpersons belong- duct capacity building train- Puspanjali Mutuka, a ZP alleged that the ruling BJD
tribal communities. ing to tribal sub-plan blocks ing programs for all the ST PRI member of Ramanaguda had abducted a few ZP ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������
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A headmaster of a government ������������������� Chairman, Paradip Port Trust, ation of mines, financial
primary school in Rajnagar The CJM court, Raigarh ��������������������� Rinkesh Roy announced the Revision of royalty on coal and inclusion, grants to gram
block was placed under sus- (Chhattisgarh), rejected the �������������������� completion of dredging oper- share in the increasing cess panchayats under the 14th
pension on the charges of petition of Raigarh police ������������������ ations at Mahanadi River being collected by the centre finance commission, and
irregularities in mid day meals for narco analysis and a brain Mouth today. besides, internet and bank- devolution of power to pan-
(MDM). mapping test of the arrest- ������������������� It was last dredged almost ing services in unconnected chayat bodies,” said official
Maheswar Pradhan, the ed former MLA Anup Sai. ������������������ 20 years ago. areas will be raised by states sources here. Coal royalty,
head of Kushailo primary Sai, a former MLA of Bra- ������������������ The work was done by The fishery harbour is years back. at the Eastern Zonal Coun- implementation of direct
school, was found to have jrajnagar in Odisha has been ��������������������� the dredger of the Dredging operational at Paradip locat- Mr Roy told media persons cil meeting chaired by Union benefit transfer, telecom and
inflated the students’ atten- arrested in connection with Corporation of India Ltd. and ed in the right bank of that there is a narrow window Home Minister Amit Shah in internet connectivity, use of
dance to misappropriate the a double murder case and is Anup Sai used the vehicle to had commenced in January Mahanadi about 1km between January and February Bhubaneswar on Friday. the Aadhar database, timely
noon meal ration. in judicial custody in Raigarh murder Kalpana Dash and this year. upstream of the river mouth to complete the work smooth- Odisha chief minister release of central grants will
On 25 February, only one district jail. her 14 year old daughter It may be noted that the having a width of 100 metres, ly in tranquil conditions and Naveen Patnaik and his coun- also be raised by the state, the
student had turned up at the Today, the CGM court did Babli. Integrated Fishery Harbour for which dredging is required PPT has completed this task terparts of West Bengal, Jhark- official said.
school due to heavy rain. The not allow an applicant of In connection to the mur- was constructed by PPT with at regular intervals. successfully. hand, Bihar share most of the Chief minister Naveen
noon meal provision had been the police to a conduct narco der case one senior lawyer of the aid of the union ministry The fishery harbour is Now four a metre depth is above mentioned demands Patnaik has raised many of
suspended for the day. test. Jharsuguda Sudhansu Puro- of agriculture, government of presently managed by the maintained at critical areas and are expected to do so. these issues several times in
However the school head- Police had prayed for the hit has revealed an interest- India. The aim was to avoid Odisha state government of the river mouth even dur- Official sources said there the past andwritten to the cen-
master had reported to the con- tests stating that Anup Sai is ing link. eventualities inside the com- fisheries department. ing low tide. are several issues on the agen- tre saying that green cess is
cerned authorities that all the not cooperating with them He told mediapersons that mercial harbour during ship- The local fishing com- The marine department of da including inter-state water, to be shared with states, revi-
38 enrolled students had during interrogation. few days before the murder, ping operations. munity has been facing dif- PPT will soon install tempo- power transmission lines, sion of coal royalty, telecom
turned up at school and had Meanwhile the police sci- Kalpana had contacted him The construction of the ficulties as the river mouth has rary buoys in the channel royalty and operationalisation connectivity and lack of bank-
their noon meal. Following entific team of Chakradhar- over mobile to file a case fishery harbour was com- been silted up over the years and a tender has already of coal mines, land and for- ing services. “We will raise the
complaints lodged by nagar have started to match against a high profile person pleted during 1995 and it and the fishing vessels face been floated for permanent est clearance for railway pro- issues relating to coal royal-
guardians, an inquiry was the tyre marks collected from of the district. She had not was commissioned during a hindrance in navigating ones. Under Corporate Social jects, cattle smuggling etc. ty revision and mobile phone
conducted. The headmaster the murder spot in 2016 with revealed the name of the 1998. Subsequently, it was during approach and exit Responsibility, concrete road “Odisha will raise issues connectivity to 11,000 vil-
was suspended after veraci- of the Innova and Bolera of person but said that she will handed over to Odisha gov- from the fishery harbour. connectivity and lighting of relating to adoption of postage lages in remote Odisha,” said
ty was found in the allegation Anup seized by the police. do so when he meets her for ernment on 27 September The Mahanadi river mouth the fishery harbour road have stamp method for unified the Chief Secretary, Asit Tri-
against him, said officials.��� The police suspected that the case. 2011. was last dredged almost 20 already been done. power tariff in different states, pathy

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the 1st century C.E are locat-
ed at the Indrani hillock near
minister Naveen Patnaik who
vows by conservation and pro-
the Indranipatana village near tection of heritage had him- ���������������������� down due to heavy rain fall company MCL, inspected
The historic Asura Vihara Choudwar. The caves are sim- self inaugurated the private �������������������� which was five times greater mining operations at Asia’s
Gumphas (caves) near Choud- ilar to the ones at Khandagiri cement plant in May 2018. than last year. largest Talcher coalfields
war, an ancient archeological and Udayagiri and belong to In this fasttracking of indus- Coal India Limited which However production under its command in the
site having three rock cut the same period, said histo- trial projects, the archaeolog- meets 80 per cent of the coal picked up from December and state of Odisha.
caves, have been handed over rian Anil Dhir. ical site was overlooked and the requirement of the country we will perform better for the He reviewed the produc-
to a private company by the A team from Indian Nation- caves too were included in will produce about 610 mil- rest of the fiscal”, he said. tion and dispatch operations
state government. al Trust for Arts and Cultural According to Anil Dhir, the to his demands of a cartload the land allotted. lion tonnes while the target The chairman said given of MCL.
The three caves, dating to Heritage, while conducting Project Coordinator of of Manda Pithas along with Dhir further stated that it stands at 660 Mt in the cur- the growth and development B N Shukla, chairman-
the survey of the Mahanadi Her- INTACH’s Mahanadi Heritage a “Nara bali” (human sacri- was a pity that this important rent financial year, said its of the country, the need for cum-managing director, MCL
itage Documentation Project, Project, these unique caves were fice) every day. Bhima, the sec- site has neither been notified chairman Pramod Agrawal in coal will also increase and CIL who accompanied the chair-
���������� stumbled on this when they made by Jain monks and were ond of the Pandavas, had by the state archeology depart- Talcher on Thursday. has targetted production of man during his coalfields
were prevented from approach- later used by Buddhist monks. challenged the demon and ment nor the archaeological Talking to media persons one billion tonnes of coal by visit, also briefed him on cur-
BY VIRTUE of an affidavit ing the site as it has been The place has rich oral his- slain him in a fierce duel at this survey of India. during his one day visit to the turn of 2024-25. rent and future prospects of
before the Executive Magis- walled over by a private cement tory and local folklore has it that spot. The Indira Gandhi Nation- Talcher coalfield, the chair- He said that the country the company, particularly in
trate, Bhubaneswar, dt. 17- company. the Choudwar region was the The locals held an annu- al Centre for Arts had docu- man said that coal produc- imported 235 Mt of coal last Talcher.
08-2019, I have changed my The three west facing caves Virata kingdom during the al festival at the spot for cen- mented the site in 2001 and tion in CIL mines including fiscal out of which 120 MT was During his visit to the coal
name from Sugreeb Sah to are rectangular in plan and Mahabharata era and was the turies, which has been dis- accorded it monument ser- in MCL was hit this year due avoidable. mines, including Kaniha open
hewn out of an outcrop of abode of the Pandavas while continued since the last two ial number OR/CTC-51. to an extended monsoon in MCL CMD B N Shukla, and cast project, Ananta OCP,
Sugreeb Shaw. Henceforth, I
laterite rock. Before being in exile. years. The villagers had protest- A B Tripathy, state convener certain areas. the director technical O P Hingula OCP and inspection
shall be known as Sugreeb
walled in, they were visible from Locals believe that a demon ed when the wall was being of INTACH said the caves The CIL production till Singh were present at the coal corridor, the chairman
Shaw for all purposes. the NH-42 connecting Katak named “Manda Khia made, but they were arrested should be retrieved from the date is 2.5 per cent less than press conference. interacted with and moti-
with Talcher, just 300 metres Rakhyasa”, who lived in the and thrown in jail. company and the allotment last year. Agrawal, who is on his two- vated various field level teams
away from the highway. caves, had spread terror due Dhir, lamented that chief of the site cancelled. “The production in CIL was day maiden visit to subsidiary operating in the area.

RSP blast
furnace crosses
Adulterated fertilisers sold BJP issues showcause
notices to 2 ZP members
Residents protest
as Dhenkanal
faces prolonged
produces 15 MT
of hot metal in Sambalpur, probe begins who voted in favour of BJD
Stones, polythene, sand and soil found in packets, many farmers make similar allegations The byelection was
Blast Furnace-5 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE necessitated due to Locals are up in arms against
‘Durga’ one of coun- SAMBALPUR, 27 FEBRUARY
The Ainthapali police The BJP has issued show the death of the the power supply distribution
try’s largest operat- led by IIC Jogesh cause notices to two of its zilla chairman Purusota- authorities due to unde-

ing Blast Furnaces fter reveiving allega- Panda have verified parishad members who had mamango of the Con- clared loadshedding.
had started hot metal tion from the farm- the Markfed godown voted in a bypoll in favour of gress.The polling was With the matriculation
tapping in 2013. The ers that the market- at Bareipali and col- the BJD candidate. held on 19 February examinations on, the residents
furnace had sur- ing federation, a gov- lected samples for The BJP had issued a whip and the BJD candidate here threatened to hit the
passed 10 Million ernment run organisation, conducting tests. The asking their members not emerged the winner streets if the traunt power sup-
Tonnes of Hot Metal was selling adulterated fer- agriculture depart- to vote in the byelection to ply authorities stop such
tilizers, both the police and ment has also taken a the post of chairperson zilla Padmapur were served show power cuts .
production in March agriculture departments have parishad. The byelection was cause notice after the district There was power cut for
2018. Dash exhorted similar step.
launched an investigation necessitated due to the death BJP president S K Patnaik over eight hours on Tuesday
the workforce to here. of the chairman Purusota- appraised the state leadership night and Wednesday morn-
cross another 1 mil- The Ainthapali police led sand, soil. written complain to the agri- been registered. ‘But after mamango of the Con- about the cross voting. ing and for a few hours yes-
lion mark by IIC Jogesh Panda have Biswal immediately culture department. getting the report, a case gress.The polling was held on In another development terday. Power supply was dis-
verified the Markfed godown brought it to the notice of the “We have collected sam- would be registered and no 19 February and the BJD , the Congress members led rupted in the town and Parjang
ROURKELA, 27 FEBRUARY: at Bareipali and collected godown manager, but did ples of the fertilizers from injustice to farmers would be candidate emerged the by district president Durga block . The central power sup-
samples for conducting tests. not get any response. Biswal the godown. The agriculture tolerated”. The deputy direc- winner. Prasad Panda and ply utility had announced
Blast Furnace-5, ‘Durga’, of The agriculture department apart, many other farmers who department has also done tor of agriculture (DDA) SK Roy, The Congress had 11 Apalaswamy Kadraka and power cut on 20,22 and 23 for
Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) sur- has also taken a similar step. have purchased fertilizer from so and sent it for testing. when contacted, said that members, the BJD 7 and BJP others filed a case in the maintainance work but the
passed a major milestone It is learnt that Natu Biswal, MARKFED also levelled sim- Once we get the laboratory the laboratory report is expect- four. But the BJD managed Rayagada police station loadsheeding continued. CESU
on 22 February by producing a farmer, had purchased a fer- ilar allegations as to poor report, action as per the law ed within 15 days. At the to upstage the Congress and against the BJD on charges executive engineer Satya Brata
15 Million Tonnes of hot tilizer from the Markfed quality and adulteration. will be taken,” informed IIC same time we have for recall win the by-election. Pus- of horse trading. They alleged Mohanty pleaded that the out-
Metal. godown. But when he opened Finally Biswal lodged FIR of Ainthapali police station of the entire stock from the panjali Mutuka, a ZP mem- that the ruling BJD had age was due to a fault in the
Mr. Dipak Chattaraj, CEO, the bag to use it for the crop, in the Ainthapali police sta- Jogesh Panda.He further said said godown, he added. ber of Ramanaguda and abducted a few ZP system. It was rectified,
RSP has congratulated the he found stones, polythene, tion and also submitted a that a station dairy has also REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE Netrananda Kaibarta of members. he added. SNS
employees of Blast Furnace
as well as all other associat-
ed agencies for the achieve-
ment. P K Dash, ED (Works), ANTI-CAA PITCH Engineer dies Man caught stealing goats in
D K Mohapatra, ED (MM), B while working Baripada, taken to police station
R Babu, CGM (Blast Fur-
naces) and others visited the
at Tata BSL site
ed the workforce to strive hard BARIPADA, 27 FEBRUARY:
Villagers alleged that
to achieve the next 1 million An assistant engineer, the accused had been
tonne of Hot Metal from the Sibashankar Kumar [28] died Chandua police produced a stealing goats from
furnace in four months. He while working at the Tata BSL person in court after he was the locality since long
cut a cake and released bal- yesterday. caught by women of Phulja-
loons to mark the celebrations. He was working at the hara village stealing goats. posted video clips on social
Blast Furnace-5 ‘Durga’ CRM site in Tata BSL when he Villagers alleged that the media platforms.
one of country’s largest oper- sustained injuries and was accused had been stealing On being informed, Chan-
ating Blast Furnaces had rushed to the hospital where goats from the locality since dua police rushed to spot
started hot metal tapping in hewasdeclared dead.The body long and yesterday afternoon and rescued the accused from
2013. The furnace had sur- has been sent for post mortem. Situ, the accused was caught the villagers around 5 pm. The
passed 10 Million Tonnes of Sibashankar hailed from Bihar when he was at a grazing accused was later brought
Hot Metal production in and was working at Tata BSL ground attempting to take a to police station. Following the
March 2018 and followed it for two and half years. A com- goat. Women in the area complaint of Ramdas
up with surpassing 14 Million mittee was formed to ascertain caught and thrashed him . Murmu(40) a villager of
Tonnes Hot Metal production the cause of death. The com- Some younger who were at the Phuljhara, he had been arrest-
in October, 2019. The last mittee will assess the opera- spot at that time had captured ed after a case registered in
one million tonne was pro- tions to understand how the some video clips when women the police station under sec-
duced in just 132 days. SNS Congress protest against CAA in Bhubaneswar � SNS engineer was injured. SNS were beaten him and they later tion 379 of IPC.

AIR to broadcast shows on SOA all set to unveil new healthcare initiative SUM Ultimate Medicare
Women’s Day from 1 to 8 March STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE istry of Government of India tional technologies like, Pet CT ment focused on complete
BHUBANESWAR, 27 FEBRUARY: has ranked SOA Deemed to be Scan, 3 Tesla MRI and HDR patient recovery marked by the
University among the top 25 Bravos Brachy Therapy for ethos of trust, transparency and
Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan (SOA), universities in the country advanced cancer treatment. inculcating a culture of empa-
is all set to unveil its newest consecutively for the last four A greenfield project, the thy and compassion and not
healthcare initiative—SUM years while positioning the IMS new state-of-the-art health- just be limited to treating
Ultimate Medicare (SUMUM) and SUM Hospital in the 21st care facility aims at providing sickness,” he said.
here on 29 February with place among medical col- an ecosystem of healing with “SUMUM is poised to
Union Home Minister Amit leges. high-quality care and safety revolutionise the regional
Shah, Steel Minister Dhar- Envisioned as a one-stop, features besides a wide spec- landscape in healthcare with
mendra Pradhan and CM next-generation multi-super trum of clinical education the patients, their families
Naveen Patnaik inaugurat- specialty quaternary care hos- and research opportunities. and the society at large as the
STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE of programme , assistant ing it. pital, SUMUM will be served Our dream was to have a ultimate beneficiaries of top-
DHENKANAL, 27 FEBRUARY: director , AIR, Cuttack Tarunk- It is widely known that Lives’, SUMUM is emerging boasts of state-of-the-art by ‘Centres of Excellence’ world-class hospital in the notch medical care.
anti Rout presided over the Dharmendra Pradhan patro- as a world class hospital with advanced diagnostic, surgical involving disciplines of Car- city and we aim to make We endeavour to become
All India Radio Stations have meeting .This apart , the Com- nises SOA and SUM hospital healthcare infrastructure of and life saving equipment diac Sciences, Neuro Sci- healthcare simple. With the the ultimate destination of
decided to broadcast pro- mittee focused on programmes which has earned a reputation international standard claimed and offerssuper-specialty con- ences, Critical Care and Pul- opening of SUMUM our health, wellness and hope for
gramme on International on government schemes like the of being one of the best hos- SOA sources. sultation. monology, Gastro Sciences, cherished dream of empow- the people of the region. We
Women’s Day week from 1 PM Soil Health Card. Improve- pitals , at least in some depart- Spread across ten acres, the IMS and SUM Hospital is Joint Replacement and Ortho- ering the health of our com- look forward to setting new
to 8 March promoting women ment of the programme qual- ments, in eastern India. nine storied hospital will offer also the first in Odisha to pedics, Renal Sciences and munity is set to be fully real- benchmarks in healthcare
empowerment awareness . ity was also discussed. Region- Built on the foundation next-generation treatment in have successfully conduct- Onco Sciences. ized,” Prof. (Dr.) Manojranjan facilities and reach out to
This was decided at a quar- al programme coordination of the belief that world class patient-focused and tech- ed Bone Marrow Transplan- The hospital has 14 Mod- Nayak, Founder President of people to include them in
terly meeting of the Region- committee secretary Abhay healthcare should be acces- nology-enhanced settings to tation (BMT).The National ular OTs besides dedicated SOA, said. our ambit of compassionate
al Programme Coordination Kumar Das and heads of sta- sible to all Indians and with the people of the region and Institutional Ranking Frame- trauma ICUs and has pro- “SUMUM will provide a care,” said Dr. Swetapadma
Committee held here . Head tions attended the meeting. a motto of ‘Transforming beyond under one roof. It work (NIRF) of the HRD Min- cured best-in-class interna- dynamic healing environ- Das, CEO of SUMUM.

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�������������������� During the earlier Upendra Bhawan at 10 Chai- egation, on a visit to the coun- ��������������������� A student of design depart-
tunnelling work, the tan Sen Lane. The cracks on try, took up the contentious Cit- ment of Visva Bharati Uni-

beam from ceiling
issures widened into the outside wall towards the izenship Amendment Act (CAA) versity from Bangladesh has
cracks in some of the was hanging and the right side of the entrance of issue during an interaction ���������������������� been served notice to leave
houses adjoining the whole place the building, as claimed by Dr withWest Bengal ministers and ���������������������� the country by the Central
East-West Metro route including the walls Sobhan Dutta, have become opposition leaders at the Assem- ���������������������� government for allegedly
on B. B. Ganguly Street where and the pillars. deeper after the resumption bly here on Thursday, Speaker ������ taking part in anti-govern-
tunnelling have started afresh However, in the of the tunnelling work. The Biman Banerjee said. The 10- ment activities.
recently, even as a bereaved recent few days, cracks in the ceiling of his member delegation asked about defence minister of Sweden, Apsara Mim has taken
family in one of these hous- numerous cracks chamber at the ground floor West Bengal's views on the interacted with ministers and part in the agitation by the
es feared losing the last have developed at of the building have become CAA, Banerjee said. opposition leaders on parlia- Left student’s union recent-
mementos of a boy who had several places. When deeper in the last two to three “We told the delegation that mentary practices in the two ly against CAA. Later she has
been the apple of their eye. Res- complained to the days. Similarly, cracks are also West Bengal Chief Minister countries. also participated in an agi-
idents of the affected struc- Numerous cracks, fissured building which is more than authorities, they said said to have appeared recent- Mamata Banerjee has emphat- “Theyaskedmanyquestions, tation in front of the central
ture at 10/1a Chaitan Sen ceiling and dilapidated pillars 150 years old, are spending that the cracks ly in the house of Sukalyan ically declared that Citizenship which our ministers answered office of the VBU.
Lane are spending uneasy have turned the second floor days in despair to think about existed from before. Dutta, living in the adjacent Amendment Act will not be to their satisfaction during the On 4 January the Left par-
moments including the griev- of the Basaks at 10/1a Chai- the damage that has been Now we are forced to premises of 11, Chaitan Sen implemented in the state,” he 1 hour 45 minute- long inter- ties and trade unions have
ing Basak family who are tan Sen Lane unliveable. Their done to the belongings and last live in a state of fear Lane. said.The delegationwastoldthat action,” he said, adding that the called a nationwide bandh
apprehending that they would son Rhiju Basak’s bedroom, memories of their beloved Meanwhile, the return of a resolution brought by the visitors also explained the for 24 hours for several
have to leave behind Rhiju’s accommodating piles of books, son. A RESIDENT the residents, who have been governmentagainsttheCAAwas Swedish parliamentary system demands. The Leftist stu-
paintings, photo frames, com- as his last memories to the fam- “Since the first round of tun- shifted to various hotels in the passed in the Assembly. to the senior members of the dent union at VBU had been
piled self-written poetry, hand ily, in particular is in a bad con- nelling done in the month of city, has been delayed by a few “The view of the state, the Assembly. campaigning for the bandh
written notes and shelves full dition. According to Kajal August, this floor has been in eral places. When complained days. Around 25 persons liv- chief minister and the govern- Leader of Opposition Abdul and Ms Mim had also joined
of books, if they have to shift Basak, Rhiju’s father, while the ruins,” said Kajal Basak. “Dur- to the authorities of Kolkata ing in around four buildings ment is that the bill can never MannanoftheCongress,CPI(M) the agitation on that day.
from their ancestral home. fissures appeared when the first ing the earlier tunnelling Metro Rail Corporation Lim- have been asked to return be implemented in West Ben- Legislature Party leader Sujan Ms Apsara Mim, a first year
The Basaks are spending tunnel boring machine Chan- work, the beam from ceiling ited, they said that the cracks home on 3 March instead of gal,” he said while talking to ChakrabortyandMinisterofState student of design depart-
days in apprehension as the di was burrowing underneath, was hanging and the whole existed from before. Now we 26 and 27 February due to the reporters in his chamber in for Parliamentary Affairs in ment at Silpasadan was
cherished belongings of their numerous additional cracks place including the walls and are forced to live with these TBM’s movement underneath. the Assembly, following the West Bengal Tapas Roy were served notice from
child who died in 2012, are on have developed in last few days. the pillars. However, in the cracks under risky condi- Authorities of KMRCL were delegation's visit. among those who participat- the Foreigners Regional
the verge of being lost that have The Basaks along with five recent few days, numerous tions,” he rued. unavailable to talk on bieng The delegation, led by Karin ed in the interaction, along with Registration Office at Kolkata,
been ruined due to tunnelling. other families, living in the cracks have developed at sev- Similar fears were seen contacted. Enstrom, MP and former the speaker. which is under Union min-
istry of external affairs to
leave India within 15 days after

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The notice was issued on
14 February.There has been
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Twelve policemen, including

four civic police volunteers suf-
fered injuries in a clash with
���������������������� ment, in recent times, has tor have been taken up. a group of hooligans who
�������������������������� taken many major reforms to MSME sector registered a attacked them while the police-
attract MSMEs and large 100.49% growth rate in disposal men raided a Kali puja fair at
Odisha bagged the first prize industries of cases under MSEFC, 88.65% a village in Monteswar Police
at the national level for its out- to the state. growth rate in Capacity build- Station limits in Burdwan
standing performance in the Various schemes and poli- ing and rolling out of legisla- (East) last night after being told
field of development and pro- cies have been formulated to tions like IPR 2015, Odisha that gambling was going on.
motion of MSMEs. suit to investors as well as the MSME Development Policy The condition of three of the
Yesterday, Principal Sec- entrepreneurs. 2016, Startup Policy 2016 etc. injured policemen ~ assis-
retary, MSME Department, In a reformative move The award ceremony was tant sub inspectors Prasanta
Hemant Sharma, IAS received measures like establishing attended by Union MSME Pramanik and Idrish Ali and
the prestigious award from facilitation centres at district Minister of State Pratap Chan- civic police volunteer Sheikh
Union Minister MSME , Nitin level Single Window system, dra Sarangi, Union MSME Mustafa ~ was stated to be crit-
Gadkari at a event in Delhi. incentive schemes etc. to pro- Secretary Dr. Arun Kumar ical.
Odisha MSME depart- mote rapid growth in the sec- Panda and others. The injured policemen
were shifted to a private spe-

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cialty hospital in Burdwan
town where the senior police
officers including the SP, Bur-
Mr. Rakesh Mohan, said:“We
have received proactive support ������ �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������
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and cooperation from our
employees and associate part-
Bengal unwilling to join
refinery here held a volun- ners in donating their blood for ��������������������
tary blood donation camp this noble cause. Their efforts ��������������������������������
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trict Red Cross Blood Bank, blood in the blood bank.Vedan- ���������������������� �����������������������������
Bhawanipatna. ta is always keen to participate �����������������
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ed in the presence of the Chief our community.” ���������������������� ���������������������������������������������������
Operating Officer, Lanjigarh Over the past year, the team AM RI Ho sp it al s, �������������������� particular state. The ONORC scheme. The state govern- ���������������� �����������������
unit, Mr. Rakesh Mohan and has helped in collecting over Bhubaneswar has started scheme will however allow a ment has already invested Rs �� ���������������������������������������������������������������������
other senior officers. 450 units of blood and donat- Cadaveric Kidney Trans- West Bengal government is ration card holder to draw 200 crores, approximately, for ��������� ��� �������� �������� ����������� ����� ���� ��� ������� �����
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Over 120 units of blood ing it to the District Head- plantation and conducted unwilling to join Centre’s ‘One ration from any state in the digitisation of ration cards. ��������� ������� ����� ������� ����������� ����� ���� ��������� ������ ��
were donated by the employ- quarter Hospital at Bhawani- one yesterday. Nation One Ration country. The decision has Who will reimburse that �� �����������
ees and associate partners. patna, Kalahandi district. On 26 February, AMRI Card'(ONORC) scheme that is been made after it was observed amount?” �� ��� �������� � ����������������������
Hospitals Bhubaneswar to come into effect from June, that millions of Indians migrate The minister further added, �� �������������������� � ����������
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from State Organ and Tis-
tentatively, and seeks to make
one single ration card valid for
to other states for job and
other purposes and that is
“A huge amount of fund that
the Centre is supposed to give
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sue Transplant Organization drawing subsidised food grains when they are unable to draw West Bengal government, is still ���������������������������� ����������������������������
(SOTTO) that one cadaver- from any state of this country. ration using their card that was pending. The due amount of �� �������������������������������� � ������������������������
������������������������� ic kidney is available for The Union minister of food issued by the state government funds that the Centre is yet to �� �����������������������������������������������������������������������
people of Sundargarh. Through transplantation. and public distribution sys- of the state the person has clear is around Rs 5500 crores ���� ��� ����� ����� ���� ������ ������ ������� ���������
Dalmia OCL Eye Centre com- our centre, we have treated and Dr. Subodh Das, Sr. Con- tem(PDS), Ram Vilas Paswan, migrated from. The scheme approximately.” ����������������������������
pleted 5 years of serving the supported over 1,00,000 sultant, Urology & Kidney had announced the scheme aims to ensure that no poor is Mr Mullick highlighted, �� ���� ������������ �� ��������� ����� ��� ���������� ��� ���� ���������
underprivileged sections of the patients in last five years. Transplant Surgeon, Direc- earlier and said it will be imple- deprived of PDS entitlement “West Bengal government ���������������������������� �����
society in Sundargarh dis- Thanks to this concerted effort, tor Transplant & Renal Sci- mented in the country by 1, June even if that personshifts from has made public distribu- �������������
trict of Odisha. we have made significant ence, Dr Sukant Kishore 2020. However, the Centre has one place to another. tion system much secured ������������������������ ����������������������
The eye hospital was joint- progress towards eradicating Das, Senior Consultant, now given states and UnionTer- It is learnt that West Ben- and transparent. We have
ly instituted by L V Prasad Eye blindness in the district.” Nephrology & Kidney Trans- ritories time till June 30, to gal government is unwilling to already installed electronic
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Institute andDalmia Cement Dr. Tara Prasad Das, said Our plant Physician, started implement the ‘One Nation, join this ONORC scheme due point of sales (E-POS)
(Bharat) Limited(earlier OCL goal is to provide high-qual- the formalities. The Donor One Ration Card’ scheme. to certain differences with the machines at the ration shops ��������������������
India Limited)at Rajgangpur ity, low-cost, self-sustaining per- was 56 years old female, lying In general, ration cards are Centre. Talking to The States- that helps in identification of ��������������������������������
in 2015, with the vision of mak- manent eyecare infrastructure brain dead at Apollo Hos- distributed by state govern- man, the state food supplies the ration card holder and the ����������������������������
ing Sundargarh district blind free. in distant areas of the coun- pital. ments, enabling a ration card minister, Jyotipriyo Mullick, amount of ration drawn by a ���������������������������������������
The institute achieved anoth- try and this was possible only The kidneys were suc- holder in a state to draw food said, “Firstly, we have not card holder.” E-POS machines ������������������
er milestone during this year with with the support of our part- cessfully retrieved and 1 grains at a subsidised rate received any letter or notice use biometric method for �������������������������������������������
total number of patients treat- ners, well-trained staff and kidney was brought by AMRI from any fair price shops in that from the Centre to join this identification. �� ���������������� � �����������������������������������
ed here going past the 1 lakh excellent doctors. We will con- Hospitals team with due �� ������������������ � �������

mark. tinue to deliver more efficient sterility and medications
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Sunil Gupta, Regional Man- service to eliminate blind- as per guidelines.
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ufacturing Head, East, Dalmia ness in Sundargarh.” The Kidney received by
Cement (Bharat) Limited and
Dr. Tara Prasad Das,Vice Chair-
man, LVPEI, were present to
From this year onwards, the
LVPEI run eye centre will also
be benefited by the eye care
AMRI team was a difficult
kidney to operate upon as
it had two renal artery con-
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mark the occassion. provider’s newest initiative nections instead of one and ���������������������� ation of sweet sellers in Ben- are likely to meet the FSSAI ������� ��������� ������������������ ����������� �� ��������
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Since its inception till this ‘Pashyantu’ which is advance a challenging task; despite �������������������� gal, will discuss threadbare the authorities in Delhi on 3 or 4 ������ ��������� ������
year, Dalmia OCL Eye Centre eye care on wheels. It would reach this, the team lead by Dr. ways and means of getting out March and convey the issues ���� �� ������������� �����������
has performed 6,577 surgeries, Dalmia OCL Eye Centre, Raj- Subodh Das & Dr. Sukant Sweet-sellers in the city are in of the dilemma of stating the faced the confectioners," said ���������������
out of which 4,538 have been gangpur at least twice a month Kishore Das completed a tizzy following a notification expiry date of the sweets which Jagannath Ghosh, a spokesper- � � � � � � �
operated free of charge. and take care of retinal condi- the transplantation suc- by the Food Safety and Stan- were neither packaged nor son of Paschim Banga Mistanna ��������� �������� ���������� ���������� ���������� ������ ����������
The community screen- tions including vein occlusion, cessfully. dards Authorityof India (FSSAI) tinned till date. Byabsayee Samiti. ��������� ��������� ��� ������ ������ ��������������
ing program has covered 722 diseases in children and follow The entire process is asking these businessmen to "We have called a meeting Prajesh Nandy, co-owner ����������� ������������� ���������� ��������� ��������� �������
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villages in Sundargarh dis- up care of the patients operat- being closely supervised display the manufacturing of our members in Kolkata to of century-old Girish Chandra ������ ��������
trict, including all the children ed at Bhubaneswar LVPEI. This by Dr. Manish Kumar, Med- and expiry dates of non-pack- discuss the issue and the prob- Dey and Nakur Chandra Nandy, ������
of Govt. Schools. would substantially reduce the ical Superintendent, AMRI aged sweets from 1 June. lems that might occur fol- feels that before issuing any ran-
Mr. Sunil Kumar Gupta, travel and all indirect cost Hospitals & Ms Nilanjana A meeting convened by lowing the implementation of dom notification, the author-
said, “We are delighted to incurred by patients for fol- Mukherjee, Unit Head, AMRI Paschim Banga Mistanna the notification. The repre- ities should also clarify ways �������������������
complete 5 years of serving the low up care and check-ups. Hospitals Bhubaneswar. Byabsayee Samiti, the associ- sentatives of our committee to implement it. ����������������������������


Choose the right path to success

Felicitating leaders
Orpit Services Pri-
vate Limited, a unit
To supply a further level of of Lakhotia Group,
service for top and ultra- hosted National
Women’s Leader-
high-net-worth clients, ship Awards 2020 to
applaud the
professionals such as admirable contri-
private bankers are in high butions of women
entrepreneurs and
demand these days business excellence
gives every achiever
a platform to showcase their achieve-
ments and get them recognised in their
fields. Jyoti Jain, chairperson of FICCI
FLO Kolkata, Suchismita Paul, Mrs India
Worldwide 2019, Manish Maheshwari,
director of Orpit Services Private Limit-
ed, Geetanjali Mukherjee, CEO of Orpit
Services Private Limited, Harshit
Chokhani, brand ambassador of the
event were present to grace the occa-
sion. Women leaders from all over the
country were felicitated for their excep-
tional work. The National Women’s
Leadership Awards 2020 showcased
their high goals and outstanding
achievements through innovation, lead-
ership, dedication and commitment
towards learning.


Technology has seeped in to our lives to

such an extent that we can literally mon-
itor our own health status by technology
aided devices. Health Tech, or digital
health, uses technologies like databases,
applications, mobiles to improve the
AMIT GOYAL services to ultra-rich clients. Private banking focuses on accounting, financial information to make and banks and other financial services delivery, payment, and/or consumption
bankers are typically assigned to finance, or business. Although not implement recommendations. A pri- firms. Personal financial advisors do of care, with the ability to increase the

he banking industry serves a clients of a selected bank branch. necessary, a marketing or advanced vate banker’s greatest responsibility much of an equivalent work that non- development and commercialisation of
broad range of individual and Unlike financial advisors, they do not diploma in banking & finance degree is to take care of relationships with public bankers do, but they typically healthcare related products. With this
business customers. Banks and have the responsibility of continuous may also benefit a private banker in HNWIs to make sure their assets affect clients who don’t have the backdrop Medica Hospitals with The
credit unions have variety of var- prospecting. For smaller banks or his or her career. Most employers like remain with the financial organisa- wealth to justify the value of the high- Bengal Chamber organised the third
ious personnel to serve the requirements credit unions, a private banker may to hire experienced candidates with tion. An individual working as a per- ly personalised services private edition of Health Tech 2020 at Vivanta,
of their clients from customer service make phone calls or reach out to master’s degrees in disciplines like sonal banker must establish a rapport bankers typically offer. A record of Kolkata recently. On this occasion Price-
representatives to financial advisors to prominent individuals or businesses finance, accounting or business with individuals quickly and build success as a retail-level advisor can waterCoopers Pvt Ltd released a thought
non-public bankers. These institu- to attract new high net-worth clients administration. Many employers also trust with potential or current clients. cause an edge as a personal banker. paper on “A technology boost for achiev-
tions employ private bankers to sup- to the financial institution. Private look for experienced job candidates This is why excellent interpersonal ing universal health protection”.
ply a further level of service for top and bankers, in partnership with and sup- who have a graduate degree in math- and communication skills are � Salary: A private banker’s com- The programme brought together
ultra-high-net-worth (UHNW) clients. ported by the bank, can also be liable ematics, statistics or law. Course add required. pensation is typically comprised of a healthcare industry with doctors and
A private banker provides in-depth analy- for implementing client appreciation subjects like taxation, risk manage- base salary plus commissions based healthcare delivery professionals,
sis on an individual or company's events to make sure a high level of ment, investing, and financial plan- � Career path: Many private on assets under management (AUM) administrators, technology providers
financial circumstances and makes retention for the bank. Many private ning are especially valuable to bankers begin working in entry-level fee. According to the foremost cur- and related stakeholders like policy
recommendations based on a specif- banking divisions in large banks han- prospective private bankers. securities analyst positions in wealth rent information available on Pay makers, financers start ups, academia,
ic investment, estate planning, and char- dle virtually all aspects of clients’ management firms, banks, broker- scale, entry-level private bankers can research institutions to name a few.
itable objectives. Private bankers are finances. A private banker often � Skills required: Private bankers ages or other organisations within the earn the minimum amount as 25000
typically employed with an outsized works with relatively few clients to must even be ready to analyse finan- market. Many financial analysts study per month including commissions
financial organisation, while finan-
cial advisors or wealth managers serve
supply the main target and person-
alised service that non-public bank-
cial information to make and imple-
ment recommendations. That’s why
stocks, bonds, and other securities to
supply financial plans, analytical
and bonuses. Private bankers with a
little book of clients tend to earn a Clinical challenge
outside the banking environment. In ing clients often demand. In some they should have a great understand- reports, and proposals for personal lower income than private bankers The doctors
essence, private bankers are personal firms, private bankers specialise in ing of the banking and financial sys- bankers, portfolio managers, and with an outsized, established book of at Fortis Flt
financial advisors for the very rich. managing client portfolios while rela- tems, along with knowledge about other senior investment profession- business. Similarly, private bankers Lt Rajan
tionship managers handle other credit and lending practices. They als within the firm. With experience who add regional banks or credit Dhall Hos-
� What do private bankers do: client needs. should also stay up to date with cur- and a record of high performance, a unions are less likely to get on the pital in Vas-
Private bankers add many various rent events like economic and mar- securities analyst specialising in upper end of the salary scale than ant Kunj
parts of the financial services indus- � Educational qualifications: ket news. Even though they normally investments can rise into a personal those that work for larger national performed a
try. This includes banks, credit Most financial institutions require affect high net-worth individuals, pri- banker position. financial institutions. unique and
unions, investment banks, and wealth private bankers to hold at least a vate bankers should be ready to affect Other professionals within the first of its
management firms. They provide bachelor’s degree. Undergraduate all kinds of clients. field begin working as personal finan- The writer is professor of TKWs Institute of kind proce-
banking, advisory, and investment work best fitted to a career privately They must be ready to analyse cial advisors serving retail clients at Banking and Finance dure to re-
construct a jaw using 3D printing tech-
nology in the city recently. The titanium

Real problems afflicting young professionals jaw was constructed using this novel
technology and implanted it onto a 30-
year-old man from Faridabad. It gave
him complete control over his mouth,
Corporate organisations must which allowed him to chew food prop-
erly after seven years since his jaw was
focus on holistic wellbeing of the removed due to cancer. The procedure
employees was successfully planned and per-
formed by Dr Mandeep Singh Malhotra,
head of department (HOD), head, neck
PRAKRITI PODDAR and breast oncoplasty and his team at
Fortis Hospital, Vasant Kunj (FHVK).

ost professionals find sta-
bility while they are work-
ing. For some, it is the best
phase of life as here they Enhancing economy
strike financial stability, security and com-
mitment to dedicate themselves for the
respective profession that last a lifetime.
However, often the initial phase of this
life proves to be challenging, even
intimidating for the professionals.
There is also the possibility of
feeling overwhelmed by the transition
or isolated as you begin this phase of
life. Then there is also the dreadful stress that has not been successfully Remember that it is the leader who health practices. within the workplace that fortifies the
possibility of meeting a bully or two managed. Feelings of energy deple- has spent little time nurturing all the employees trust in the organisation JK Lakshmipat University (JKLU) organ-
or feeling intimidated by a senior or tion or exhaustion; feelings of nega- other aspects of his life. It is time that � Tackling burnout is crucial in and the ability to depend on them. ised an international conference on
even a boss who does not seem to like tivism or cynicism related to one’s job; we promote the values key to good improving productivity: As consul- It is important for organisations to “Innovations in Technology, Manage-
you. Some professionals are not just and reduced professional efficacy are health and help provide nurturing work tants, we have documented internally implement measures that allow suffi- ment and Design for Achieving Sustain-
step into job but also step out of the characteristics of this condition. environments for our employees. the facade of wellbeing in corporates. cient relaxation and leisure time for able Development Goals (ICSDG)” at
comfort of their homes as they start According to WHO, depression Having spent almost two decades There is no holistic structure being employees to re-energise. The culture their Jaipur campus in association with
living an independent life. Living away and anxiety alone cost global econo- in the business of wellbeing, our com- adopted. of being available on official mails and Central University of Rajasthan, Indian
from dependency for the first time my approximately one trillion dollars pany defined the wellbeing hexagon. Employers need to become social media groups 24*7 has to end Institute of Crafts and Design (IICD)
makes them more vulnerable and annually due to lost productivity. In It is only when we incorporate a struc- mindful of the burden that employees and a real office cut-off time needs to be Jaipur, Institute of Electronics and
intimidated. The result brings up the fact, the WHO has deemed depression ture of wellbeing through the verticals face. The experience of an overworked laid down. Similarly, it must be ensured Telecommunication Engineers, Materi-
hard challenges of life in front of us. a leading cause of disability. Approxi- can one completely flourish. Opti- mind leads to a lack of motivation, that employees are not disturbed on als Research Society of India and Indian
Instead of rising through the mately one-third of the mental health mum health is skewed when any of unforeseen errors, and lack of positive weekends and are allowed to spend Society for Training and Development
ranks, we see burnout, loneliness, cost burden is related to productivity these factors is given less credence interactions with the community. time doing activities outside work. (ISTD) Jaipur recently. The conference
physical burden of illnesses and a slow losses, including unemployment, dis- than the other/s. Mental health problems have an It is also important to make coun- provided a platform for showcasing
creeping of mental and emotional ability, and lower work performance. What is important to remember impact on employers and businesses sellors easily available to employees innovations in technology, management
health issues. It is afflicting young pro- is that a decline of optimal health in directly through increased absen- so that they open up and seek help and design that can address sustainabil-
fessionals in a major way today. � From neutron star to a star: The any one of the vertical leads to an teeism, negative impact on productiv- before it’s too late. Managers must ity issues and catalyse actions and part-
bright star in us begins to fade exactly imbalance and the other pillars com- ity and profits, as well as an increase in also be trained to be alert to identify- nerships across disciplines and bound-
� Burnout as a modern-day as does the neutron star. The neutron pensate for the loss of one until they costs to deal with the issue. In addi- ing symptoms of burnout among aries, to support United Nation’s 2030
health hazard: Such is the rise in star is known to be the brightest, and burnout as well. tion, they impact employee morale employees and initiate remedial mea- agenda of Sustainability Development
this phenomenon that World Health it works really hard to be big, bold, But only attending to physical adversely. sures. Thus, it is essential to ensure Goals (SDG). The meeting was attend-
Organisation (WHO) recently recog- and impactful, till all the hydrogen health and skill development pro- Investing in the holistic health that employees are mentally fit, phys- ed by many dignitaries and attracted
nised burnout as an occupational runs out. And then it just bursts. The grammes tied in with leadership train- care is a necessity. It ensures that ically and nutritionally healthy. around 100 papers from different parts
happening impacting health of indi- similarity is uncanny and we need to ing will not solve the problem. The employees are better equipped to of the country and abroad. Sustainabili-
viduals. Burn-out has been described take heed and build resources to con- mindset of employers needs to shift understand how to utilise their abili- The writer is councillor in HR, Corporate and ty promoting works of local artisans and
Education upliftment, director Poddar Well-
as a syndrome conceptualised as serve our energy and provide us with to a new understanding of being the ties positively. It also improves team ness Ltd and Managing Trustee of Poddar cultural events were also displayed at
resulting from chronic workplace long lasting productive health. principal providers for good holistic work and creates a support system Foundation the end of the event.