The Pioneer : 2019-02-11

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+ ) , !" #$% & ? ' & ? ' ? > $ ') ./(0 . 1 *2%3 . 1$1.$ 2 -. "& /0 3 . /4 ! " # %# # &#% %# 968 <@ (7+7 7$ $ " ("7 )6; ) < + @ 1:+ @ +7 $( 6+ @<" 6+9<( )61;6* 6= "7 (7+1: 6 1:69; " "# $!#% %# % A9 1 ' BC . A6 6 $ - .. 4 5 ' **5 6*7 *% 8 # $ # % %&' 56+)(" The Gujjar community agitation demanding five per cent quota in jobs and educational institutes turned violent in Dholpur district on Sunday as shots were fired and three police vehicles torched. Unidentified miscreants fired 8-10 rounds in the air while the blockade on the Agra-Morena Highway was in place, Dholpur Superintendent of Police (SP) Ajay Singh said. The agitators set afire three police vehicles, including two jeeps and a bus, he added. The SP said the protesters also pelted stones, injuring four Army jawans, adding that police had to lob tear gas shells to disperse the crowd. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot called the stone pelting and the torching of vehicles unjustified. “Holding protest is justified but sitting on railway tracks is not. Protesters should come forward for talks. The Government is open for dialogue and has constituted a committee,” he said. Referring to the violence in Dholpur, Gehlot said, “Antisocial elements have joined !# * % 7 8 $ 9:+ Aday before the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) is expected to submit to the President a much-awaited report on its audit of big-ticket military procurements in the last few years, including the controversial Rafale deal, the Congress on Sunday accused CAG Rajiv Mehrishi of conflict of interest. Addressing a Press conference, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal questioned how Mehrishi could “investigate himself ” since he had been the Union Finance (Economic Affairs) Secretary when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the Rafale deal in April 2015. Accusing Mehrishi of being “complicit” in the “irregularities” in the deal, Sibal said there was no reason or occasion for you to audit the 36 Rafale aircraft deal. “Finance Ministry plays an important role in these negotiations... Now it is clear that the Rafale deal happened under Rajiv Mehrishi. Now he is CAG. We met him twice on September 19 and October 4, 2018. We told him about the scam. We told him that the deal should be probed because it is corrupt deal. But how can he initiate a probe against himself,” Sibal said. Demanding that Mehrishi must recuse himself from the CAG report, Sibal alleged, “This is the corrupt deal and fair investigation should be # the protest. Administration and police will investigate the reasons of the incident. Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla has appealed to maintain peace so people should listen to him.” Gujjars are holding a sit-in protest on rail tracks in Malarna Dungar of Swai Madhopur district from Friday evening. The agitation spread as Bainsla refused to call off the stir. As a precautionary measure, authorities have imposed prohibitory orders under CrPc section 144 in Dholpur and neighbouring Karauli districts, police said. The agitation has affected the train movement in North Western Railway (NWR) and West Central Railway (WCR) zones of the Indian Railways causing inconvenience to common people. The agitators have now started blocking highways connecting major cities. The Rajasthan Government on Sunday pasted a notice at the residence of Gujjar leader Bainsla — who is leading the protests that turned violent in some areas and saw rail and road traffic being disrupted — warning him against violation of court directives on agitation. On Saturday, a Government delegation had met Bainsla and his supporters to hold talks, but no agreement could be reached. Bainsla has said that the community will continue their protest demanding five per cent reservation to the Gujjars, Raika-Rebari, Gadia Luhar, Banjara and the Gadaria communities in Government jobs done, but how can CAG investigate himself when he was the Finance Secretary. There is a clear conflict of interest.” The CAG report on the The President has to forward the CAG report to the Lok Sabha, the Rajya Sabha and the Government. The report could be tabled in Parliament before Wednesday, the last day of the Budget Session and the last day of sitting of Parliament before the Lok Sabha elections. The Congress leader alleged that CAG is going to completely save the Government in its report. “The whole deal was materialised in the supervision of Rajiv Mehrishi who was the then Finance Secretary. When the negotiations started the Ministry of Finance were part of it,” the Congress leader said. The Congress has sent a memorandum to CAG Mehrishi on the Rafale deal and reminded him about the ‘cardinal principle of law’. !"# and educational institutions as promised by the State Government. In the notice pasted by the Karauli district administration at Bainsla’s Hindaun residence, it has been stated that Supreme Court and different high courts have on several occasions direct- ed that no public or private property should be damaged and rail or railway traffic be disrupted during any agitation. “If the Supreme Court and high court directives are not followed, you will be held responsible for contempt of court,” the notice said. ! "# $ % & ! ' ! ( ) ( ) :=$ "6 6$ ' , The year-long bitter political fight between the BJP and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) over “injustice” to Andhra Pradesh reached a crescendo on Sunday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Andhra Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu turning it into personal attacks on each other. Taking exception to Modi addressing him as “father of Lokesh” at a rally in Guntur on Sunday, Naidu launched a counter-offensive by asking, “You have estranged your wife. Do you have any respect in the family system.” In a reflection of the nadir in the relations between the two sides, neither Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu nor any of his Cabinet colleagues were present at the Gannavaram airport to receive the Prime Minister. Only the Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police were present to complete the formality. In his first visit to the State since the TDP walked out of the NDA over Centre not giving Special Category Status to Andhra, Modi attacked the TDP Government in AP as “(rule of father and son) referring to Naidu’s son Nara Lokesh, who is a Minister. “Naidu promised sun rise but gave son rise,” Modi quipped. Referring to the TDP joining hands with the Congress, Modi said that Naidu had forgotten that NT Rama Rao had founded the TDP to make India free of the Congress. measure and questioned the treatment Modi had meted out to his wife Jasoda Ben. “You brought triple talaq (Bill) but you can’t answer questions on those subjects in your personal life,” said a bitter Naidu. “I am going to attack you because you attacked me personally”, Naidu said giving point-by-point rebuttal to the other attacks of Modi. Modi’s visit to the State was marred by protests by several parties, including ruling TDP staging protest demonstrations, waiving black flags and releasing black balloons in the air across the State. “Naidu changes his friends before every election and falls on their feet for political gains,” Modi said. Also alluding to Naidu’s repeated statements that he was senior to Modi in politics, Modi ridiculed his opponent. “Yes he is senior to me in backstabbing his father-in-law NT Rama Rao and changing alliances,” Modi said. Naidu on his part went ballistic answering Modi in equal $ ( $ )# ! $ Continued on Page 4 Continued on Page 4 = 0 , - ' 2 0 # ' = ,7 - 7 " " ;<9;6 6 The Bengal Police has named Mukul Roy — BJP leader and former confidant of TMC chief Mamata Banerjee — in the murder of Satyajit Biswas, a Trinamool Congress MLA from Krishnaganj in Nadia district. Roy’s name figured among four accused two of whom were arrested on Sunday and remanded in police custody. Demanding an impartial probe into the matter, Roy, the erstwhile TMC MP who joined the BJP following differences with Mamata, termed the FIR as “politically motivated, and said, “In the entire State of Bengal whenever anybody is killed by their (TMC’s) own people or by other miscreants, the TMC Government tries to implicate that it is by leaders and workers of the BJP. I demand probe by independent agency into the matter.” Biswas, a popular leader from Krishnaganj-RanaghatHanshkhali region of Nadia, was on Saturday gunned down alleged by BJP supporters while he was inaugurating a Saraswati Puja Pandal at Majdia village near his home, barely 15-20 km away from Bangladesh border. ! " # $ ! % % ! & $ ! " % &' ( ' ' % ()& ! ( ) * % ' ' + % , + - % ./ 0 & !"#$ & ) Baap Bete ki Sarkar” % “Those who have been arrested were seen firing at my husband,” the grieving wife of the deceased youth leader said claiming the assailants had earlier been the followers of the victim but late last year had switched over to the BJP. Attacking the Chief Minister, a livid Roy said, “Mamata is afraid of us. & & ' ' 1 2 ( 3 '4! 2 % '& #"()( ! % & "+! % , ! & & , , !"# * Continued on Page 4 ! & & (*! !"# ! " 2017-18 as compared to 29 days (174 hours), 20 days (93 hours), 26 days (120 hours) for 2014-15, 2015-16 & 2016-17, respectively. In 2017, 11,090 people died of fog related road accidents while 9,317 people died in 2016. In the normal circumstances, plains witness rainfall during winter which allows formation of ground frost and moisture. This year, snowfall and rain restricted to hills only. Plains have received less rainfall which led to little moisture on the ground. Due to this weather conditions are clear and fog occurrence are less in north India during the ongoing winter season. “When passage of a western disturbance affects the plains on a large scale it causes widespread rain and thundershower activities. This is followed by dense to very dense fog formation,” the IMD said. The Met Department said January witnessed seven western disturbances this year while December saw 6-7 western disturbances against the normal of 4-5 every year. February witnessed one western disturbance in the first week while the second one is expected on February 13 which will bring rainfall, hailstorm and thunderstorm in several parts especially north east and southern peninsula of the country. “Forecasting of fog still remains a grey area. Weather models cannot predict fog directly and can only be done through objective and subjective methods,” said IMD officials. “Dense fog in Delhi and north India (from December to January) is the most common feature of the winter which leads to massive delays and cancellation of flights and trains. The reason for fog in north India is entirely because of western disturbance affecting the hills of Jammu & Kashmir which lead to a sudden reversal of winds from the normal dry and cool northwesterly to humid easterlies or southeasterlies which could cause widespread fog,” said a private weather broadcaster. According to Skymet, the reason for fog formation in East India is primarily due to its proximity to water bodies ( River Ganga) and slow wind speed. 7 8 $ 9:+ + & The occurrence of fog due to frequent western disturbances and high speed of winds in north India, including Delhi and NCR, has been lowest in the current winter compared to the last 17 years. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said north India, including Delhi and NCR, witnessed severe fog only on January 18 when the visibility was reduced to 0 to 50 metres. Fog is a seasonal feature that commences around November and goes on till February, impacting road, air and rail traffic badly. Generally, 10 to 15 days in January and 10 to 12 days in December are marked for moderate to severe fog every year. As per data, fog occurrence was only 19 days (95 hours) of total duration in ( ! - & ! .+/" #'/+ )/!0)" 0 !12 !"# Continued on Page 4 PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY PRESSREADER +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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