www.westerntimes.co.in GUJARAT’S OWN ENGLISH DAILY FOUNDED IN 1967 Pages RNI Reg. No. GUJ/11172/67. Postal Reg. No. G-GNR-321 valid upto 31-12-2020 8 2/- Posting at RMS Ahmedabad Founder Editor : Ramubhai Patel PHONE : 079-2640 2880 (Advertisement : 2640 2881 mail : firstname.lastname@example.org)* Fax : 2640 2882 VOL. 53 * NO. 119* AHMEDABAD SUNDAY* 17/11/2019 Printed & Published by Nikunj R. Patel on behalf of Western Times Publications Pvt. Ltd. Printed at Western Times Survey No. 1315P, Opp. Ramapir Temple, Shilaj-Thol Road, Shilaj, Ahmedabad and Published at Western Times Pub. Pvt. Ltd. 301, 3rd Floor, Gala Argos, B/h. Hari Krupa Tower, Nr. Ladies Hostel, Ellisbridge, Ahmedabad-380 006. (Gujarat). Editor : Nikunj R. Patel News Brief Punjab youth to get special national award Chandigarh, Yashveer Goyal, a differently-abled sportsperson and IT whiz kid from Bathinda, Punjab, has been selected for a national award to be given by President Ram Nath Kovind next month. Yashveer, 20, has hearing and speech impairment. The award for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities of 2019 will be awarded to him in the Role Model Hearing Impairments (Male) category on December 3 in New Delhi. Goyal this year added another feat to his cap by winning gold in doubles category and bronze in single category at the 10th Punjab State Deaf Badminton Championship which was held in September in Jalandhar city. By winning two medals, Goyal has got selected in the state badminton team that would participate in the national badminton championship for the deaf to be held in Gurugram in January 2020. Cong leaders meet to discuss preparations for Dec rally New Delhi, Senior leaders of the Congress met here to take stock of the preparations for a public meeting in the national capital in the first week of December against the policies of the BJP government at the Centre and also the Ayodhya verdict, party sources said on Saturday. On Friday, several leaders met the party’s Interim President Sonia Gandhi to discuss the contours of the meeting. The meeting was attended by party General Secretary K.C. Venugopal, senior party leader Ahmed Patel, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh Chief Ministers Ashok Gehlot and Bhupesh Baghel, state incharges and state Presidents. Venugopal had sent a circular to all leaders on November 13 about the meeting. The important issue to be discussed, according to sources, is the Ayodhya verdict where the party wants to take feedback about its political fallout. The Congress is planning a big rally here, where non-NDA leaders are likely to participate. Search continues to retrieve bird carcasses from Sambhar Lake Jaipur, An extensive search operation continued on Saturday in Rajasthan’s Sambhar Lake to retrieve more bird carcasses, after a total of 8,065 were taken out since they were first spotted earlier this week. The dead birds were first seen on Monday floating in the country’s largest inland salt lake and included species like plovers, common coot, black winged stilt, northern shovelers, ruddy shelduck, and pied avocet among many other migratory birds. On Monday 716 carcasses were taken out. The next day, 1,622 carcasses were fished out, followed by 1,922, 540, 3,265 on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, respectively. The number escalated on Friday despite several teams operating in and around the lake to analyse the reasons behind the mass deaths. The number was likely to increase as the search operation was presently limited to an around 15 sq.km area. Many carcasses are reportedly lying in a 35 sq.km area which is yet to be searched. BJP targets AAP over Rafale; Kejriwal reminds it of poor air New Delhi, As the national capital continues to face air pollution, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday said those who supported the ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’ slogan for the Rafale deal should apologise, tagging Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a tweet. Kejriwal in turn urged the Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change not to do politics and stand together to combat air pollution in the city. The BJP has been demanding that the Congress must apologise for alleging corruption in the Rafale deal after the Supreme Court dis- missed a review petition seeking a probe into the fighter jet deal. Taking that forward, Javadekar on Saturday tweeted that the Supreme Court had said that there is no need for an inquiry in the Rafale deal. He said even after the SC verdict, “the Congress is shamelessly supporting the ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’ slogan” . Javadekar demanded that both Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi must apologise for the remarks. In another tweet, he tagged Kejriwal and said those who have supported the ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’ slogan’ should also apologise. Reacting to it, Kejriwal said:“Sir, this is not a time to do politics but to remove pollution together. All governments should work together to provide relief to people from the pollution. The people and the government of Delhi are doing all that is in our hands. Sir, we need your support.” Also, Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari on Saturday led a demonstration against Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party near the AAP office for its “malicious and baseless” allegations of corruption in the Rafale deal against Prime Minister Narendra Modi to malign his image. As the BJP protesters BJP insulting people without knowing reality: Congress New Delhi, The Congress on Saturday slammed the BJP over an Union minister’s statement rejecting opposition’s charge of economic slowdown and said the party was insulting the people without knowing the reality of the country. The Congress’ remarks came a day after Union Minister Suresh Angadi dismissed the opposition’s criticism over the state of economy, asserting that “airports and trains are full and people are getting married” and this indicates that the country’s economy is“doing fine” . Speaking to the media, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said:“BJP ministers have lost their mind and they are insulting the people.” The Congress leader said that on one hand, the demand for bread and other essential commodities have fallen, and people do not have the money to eat. “And on the other hand, the arrogant ministers of BJP are insulting people by saying that the marriages are going on. Do they want to stop marriages?” Surjewala said. Slamming the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Con- gress leader said:“Is this the arrogance of BJP that is speaking? ...and they are unable to see the miseries of the people and they are unable to see the reality at grass root level.” Surjewala pointed out that the rural economy has fallen by nine per cent and even in the urban areas, the demands of cereals and pulses have fallen by 15 per cent and edible oil demand fallen by 10 per cent. He said even the latest data of the import and export has fallen. “The BJP should look at the mirror of reality,” he added. —IANS A MiG-29K trainer aircraft of the Indian Navy crashed a short distance from the Dabolim international airport on Saturday after it suffered an engine fire, officials said. The incident happened shortly after take-off. The two pilots Captain M. Sheokhand and Lt. Cdr. Deepak Yadav have ejected safely. “During a training mission, after take off from INS Hansa at Dabolim, a Mig 29k trainer aircraft suffered an engine fire. The pilots Capt M Sheokhand and Lt Cdr Deepak Yadav ejected safely. Despite massive fee hike, JNU still has cheapest hostels New Delhi, A massive hike in hostel room charges is what has led to a stand-off between the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration and its students. But despite this hike in fees, the varsity continues to be the cheapest one when compared to many other central-run universities. What do other universities charge as hostel fees: Jawaharlal Nehru University: Right in the centre of the turmoil over hostel fee hike, JNU has decided to raise its hostel fees from Rs 20 to Rs 600 for a single occupancy room, while for double occupancy it will be Rs 300 as compared to Rs 10 charged earlier. The new rates made the hostel fee Rs 7,200 per annum for a single occupancy room. This includes establishment charges which remain unchanged at Rs 1,100 per semester, and annual charge Rs 2,200, apart from these, one has to pay for crockery Rs 250, and newspaper Rs 50. The total amount payable is Rs 9,700 per annum for a single occupancy room, while for a double room the annual charge stands at Rs 6,100. Other universities in national capital: Delhi University: Founded in 1922, the Delhi University is one of the largest varsities in India with over 14 faculties and 86 academic departments. It is currently home to over 79 colleges and draws more than 2,20,000 students from all over the country. The University does not have uniform hostel charges for its colleges, but instead its colleges decide their own hostel fees which range from Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000. reached the AAP office, they were welcomed by the AAP workers with ‘jalebi’, asking for“missing” BJP MP Gautam Gambhir, a day after the cricketer-turned-politician skipped a meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Urban Development on air pollution and was seen enjoying ‘jalebis’ in Indore, where India and Bangladesh are playing their second Test match and Gambhir is part of the commentary team. During the protest march, Tiwari and the party workers raised slogans against the AAP and demanded an apology from it for trying to “malign the image” of Modi. ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’ was a slogan used by the Congress in its 2019 Lok Sabha campaign, after voicing allegations of corruption in the Rafale deal. —IANS Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress to seek aid for flood-hit farmers Mumbai, Putting up a united face ahead of their proposed alliance, a delegation of Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress will call on Governor B.S. Koshyari on Saturday afternoon seeking relief measures for the farmers affected by unseasonal rains and floods in the state, here on Saturday. NCP national spokesperson Nawab Malik said that the delegation will apprise the Governor how after the state was brought under President’s Rule, the administration has virtually been paralysed. “The outgoing government had announced Rs 10,000 crore compensation to the farmers, and now after burning their damaged/ destroyed crops, they are getting ready for the next sowing. But they have not got any relief or crop loans so far,” Malik told mediapersons. Besides, applications made by patients suffering from various ailments have not moved ahead and they continue to suffer, he added. At the joint meeting of the Sena-NCP-Congress on Thursday, the three parties decided to call on the Governor and urged him to Shiv Sena may skip Sunday’s NDA meeting Mumbai, The Shiv Sena is not likely to attend a meeting of the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) scheduled in New Delhi on Sunday on the eve of Parliament session, party MP Sanjay Raut said here on Saturday. “No, we will not attend the meeting,” Raut said when questioned by Italian sand art award conferred on Sudarsan Pattnaik Bhubaneswar, Renowned Indian sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has been given the Italian Golden Sand Art Award 2019. He received the award from Vito Maraschio, president of Promuovi International Scorrano Sand Nativity, at a ceremony in Rome on Friday evening. Neeharika Singh, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Indian embassy, was present at the award ceremony. Sudarsan has become the first Indian sand artist to receive this award for his contribution to sand art. “I feel very glad and honoured to receive this prestigious award,” the Odisha-based sand artist said. Pattnaik represented India at the International Scorrano Sand Nativity event being held in Lecce from November 13-17. He created a ten feet high sand sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi with Russian artist Pavel Minilkov.There were eight sculptors from different countries who participated in this festival. So far, Padma Sri awardee sand artist Sudarsan has participated in more than 60 international sand art festivals and championships around the world and won many prizes for India. He always tries to send a social message through his sand sculptures. On Friday evening, Pattnaik called on Indian Ambassador in Italy Reenat Sandhu, who congratulated him on his achievement. The Sand Nativity event was held under the patronage of the Puglia Region in South Italy. —IANS Defence Minister Rajnath Singh during his visit to Bumla in Arunachal Pradesh on Friday UNI. mediapersons here this afternoon, indicating that the party has virtually split from the Bharatiya Janata Partyled NDA. When questioned, state BJP spokesperson Madhav Bhandari declined to make any specific comment, but asked the media to pose the question to Sena why it would not attend the NDA conclave tomorrow. The development comes barely six days after the Sena withdrew its sole nominee in the Union Cabinet, Minister for Heavy Industries Arvind Sawant. The second biggest group supporting the NDA after the BJP, the Sena has 18 Lok Sabha MPs and had been a constituent of the NDA during the tenure of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and later in the first term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and the first six months of Modi’s second tenure. However, after a bitter public brawl over the post of Chief Minister and other power-sharing squabbles with former CM Devendra Fadnavis and others, the Sena is now charting a new course by preparing to form the Maharashtra government with the NCPCongress, stunning the BJP. On Sunday, NCP President Sharad Pawar and Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi are likely to have a crucial meeting to finalise the government formation in Maharashtra. kickstart the dormant official machinery on priority. This is the first time the three parties are meeting the Governor jointly, though all have earlier called on Koshyari separately, besides the Bharatiya Janata Party’s former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who met him at least thrice and requested him (Governor) to release funds for the farmers. Fadnavis also stressed upon the need to reopen and ensure the smooth functioning of the CM Relief Fund to ensure timely help to needy people as the state is now under Central rule. Currently, leaders of Sena, NCP and Congress are on tour in different parts of the state to assess the damage due to the‘wet-drought’ hitting Vidarbha and other regions. After his tour in Vidarbha, NCP President Sharad Pawar said that huge losses are suffered by farmers of orange, foodgrains, cotton, soyabean, and jowar. He also said he would raise the issue in the winter session of Parliament starting in New Delhi from Monday and demand maximum compensation for the af- fected peasants. Visiting ravaged farmlands in Sangli and Satara on Friday, Sena President Uddhav Thackeray slammed the Rs 10,000 per hectare compensation announced by Fadnavis and said it should be raised to minimum Rs 25,000 per hectare, besides assuring that he would waive off all debts of state farmers. According to official estimates, the unseasonal rains in the state in the past few days have rendered crops on over 54,00,000 hectares in some 325 subdistricts as useless. —IANS Jharkhand polls: Ex-babus in fray, BJP releases 4th list Ranchi, Nearly half a dozen former bureaucrats are in the fray to contest the Jharkhand Assembly elections that will be held in five phases beginning November 30. The counting of votes will take place on December 23. Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday released its fourth list of candidates. The party has named candidates from three constituencies — Jugsalai (SC), Jaganathpur (ST) and Tamar (ST). The BJP has so far announced its candidates for a total of 71 seats. The party has not yet announced candidates for 10 seats due to the ongoing talks with the All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU). At least six former bureaucrats have got tickets from different political parties. Congress candidate Rameshwar Oraon, the state party president, is a former IPS officer and has been fielded by the party from Lohardagga assembly seat. He was the Additional Director General of Police and took voluntary retirement in 2004 to fight the Lok Sabha election from Lohardagga on a Congress ticket. He won the poll and became a Central minister. He was also the chairperson of the Scheduled Tribe commission during the UPA government. Oraon is pitted against former Congress president and now BJP leader Three killed as steam boiler explodes in Bihar Motihari, At least three persons were killed when a steam boiler exploded during the preparation of the mid-day meal in Bihar’s East Champaran district on Saturday. Police said that the incident happened when the mid-day meal was being prepared in the kitchen near an NGO’s office in Sugauli’s Bangra area. Three people were killed and several injured in the explosion. The deceased have not been identified as yet. The explosion caused panic in the area. Locals said that the food was being prepared by an NGO, which supplies mid-day meals to the nearby schools. The injured have been rushed to a hospital in Motihari. Sukhdeo Bhagat. Bhagat was a deputy collector and joined politics after resigning. He is said to have quit the Congress due to Rameshwar Oraon, alleging that it was Oraon who played a major role in his defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha poll. Another former IAS official who was cabinet secretary and home secretary of Jharkhand, J.B. Tubid has been given a ticket by the BJP from the Chaibasa assembly seat. He had lost in the 2014 Assembly poll. Former IAS officer Lakshman Prasad Singh has also been given a ticket from the Dhanwar assembly seat by the party. Former Director General of Police of the state Rajeev Kumar has been fielded by the Congress from the reserved Akanke Assembly seat. Another IPS official, Rezi Dundung has been fielded by the Jharkhand Party from the Simdega assembly seat. Dundung was Additional Director General of Police and took retirement just before the polls. He was expecting a ticket from either the Congress or the BJP. - IANS Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa with his family members after casting votes for Presidential Elections at a polling station in Hambantota, Sri Lanka on Saturday UNI.