RNI No. 38281/83 On Diwali, Yogi proposes grand statue of Ram in Ayodhya VOL. XXXVI NO. 152 | INDORE INDORE | THURSDAY | NOVEMBER 8, 2018 | PAGES 14 | ` 3 AGENCIES Lucknow News Brief Srinagar records coldest night JAMMU/SRINAGAR: Srinagar city recorded the season's coldest night at minus 2.2 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperatures throughout the Kashmir Valley dropped below the freezing point on Wednesday, the weather office said. Prez, PM greet nation on Diwali NEW DELHI: President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other political leaders on Wednesday greeted the nation on the occasion of Diwali, the festival of lights. Ulfa dismisses Baruah death claims GUWAHATI: The United Liberation Front of Asom's (Ulfa) pro-talk faction's General Secretary, Anup Chetia on Wednesday dismissed media reports that said Paresh Baruah, the commander-in-chief of the rebel group's anti-talk faction, has died. 6 held in attack plot against French prez PARIS: Six persons have been arrested in France on suspicion of planning to carry out a "violent" attack on President Emmanuel Macron, officials said. The individuals, reported to be five men and a woman, were picked up by French security services in Brittany. HOLIDAY NOTICE Free Press office and press will remain closed on Thursday (November 8) on occasion of Diwali. Hence, there will be no issue on Friday (November 9) Ayodhya will get a statue of Lord Ram which will become a part of its identity, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on the morning of Diwali, confirming last year's announcement. There, however, was no fresh detail for which right-wing groups were waiting. "There will be a statue of Lord Ram here that would be a tourist attraction. Its particulars will be decided according to the land," Yogi Adityanath said in Ayodhya, where he had gone for Diwali celebrations Tuesday evening. “The statue will be placed indoors, inside a temple. It will be a grand statue and it will become a signpost for Ayodhya,” the Chief Minister added in an indication that this will be another mega project like the Sardar Patel statue in Gujarat. Regarding the planned temple at the disputed Ramjanmabhoomi site, Yogi Adityanath said, “The temple was here and will be here but whatever happens will be within the parameters of the Constitution”. The Uttar Pradesh government had announced its intention to build a landmark statue of Lord Ram last year, but there has been no progress since. The government is yet to acquire land for the statue, which will be built through partial crowd-funding The buzz about the statue started in tandem with re- AYODHYA Agencies newed demands for a Ram temple in Ayodhya. The Chief Minister, who was expected to make an announcement yesterday, at the grand finale of the three-day Diwali festival in Ayodhya, however, skipped the issue. Instead, he spoke of development in the temple town, underscoring that the government will build an airport and a medical college there. While the airport will be named after Lord Ram, the medical college will be named after Raja Dasrath, the father of Lord Ram in the epic Ramayanas LIST LIKELY TODAY With just two days remaining to submit nominations, the list of BJP candidates from Indore constituencies is likely to be declared on Thursday. The party may strike balance between Tai and Bhai camps by again offering three out of nine seats in Indore to each side. Vijayvargiya camp is likely to get Indore-2, Mhow and Indore-3 or Rau, whereas Tai camp may get Indore1, Indore-5 and Sanver assembly seat. test elections (from separate seats in the city). “But if the party does not give permission for the same then Mendola alone would contest election. Akash and I won’t contest election,” he said. Asked to verify the announcement, Mendola who was also standing beside Vijayvargiya, said that they all work as a team and whatever their leader (Vijayvargiya) decides remains final. Indore-2 constituency, the home turf of Vijayvargiya, has always been his first choice to field his foreign educated son. For Akash, nothing would be better than stepping into state politics from Indore-II, which had been represented by his father for three terms before gifting the seat to his protégé Mendola in 2008. In Indore-2, Mendola won 2008 elections by a margin of nearly 40,000 votes in 2008 whereas he set a record of winning by 91,017 votes in 2013 polls. Launching Akash from this constituency would be safest and a sure-shot win. As Vijayvargiya had vacated this seat to his righthand man Mendola for fulfilling his political aspiration, the senior BJP leader wanted Mendola to return the favour. CONTD. ON P10 PATNA Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday chose to play down speculations surrounding the expansion of his cabinet by saying it is in the offing some time next year. At the state executive meeting of the JD(U) in September, Mr Kumar had told party leaders that expansion of his cabinet was likely after Dussehra, which fell on October 19. “I had said after Dussehra, which means before the one falling next year,” Kumar said. Kumar, who is also the national president of the Janata Dal (United), made the remark in Patna in reply to queries from journalists on the sidelines of a function organised on the occasion of establishment day of the state disaster management authority . Names of probable candidates that have been doing the rounds include JD(U) MLC and spokesman Neeraj Kumar and Ashok Choudhary a former state Congress , president and a powerful minister in the previous Grand Alliance government, who joined the Chief Ministers party earlier this year. CONTD. ON P10 Facebook India rolls out Diwali Story feature NEW DELHI Agencies Adding to its "holiday Stories" edition Facebook on Wednesday rolled out a special Diwali "Story" feature exclusively to users in India that would enable them to see, share experiences as well as connect with their loved ones. The "Start a Story for Diwali" feature will be visible on top of users' News Feed for 24 hours and will only be available in English. Users can also add to the Story by selecting "Add to THE "START a Story for Diwali" feature will be visible on top of users' News Feed for 24 hours and will only be available in English USERS CAN also add to the Story by selecting "Add to Story" icon, and by using the Facebook Camera one can take a photo or video THE FACEBOOK camera, which is packed with dozens of effects like US exempts India from certain sanctions for devpt of Chabahar Preeti gets Indore-1, Chadda from Indore-4 OUR STAFF REPORTER Indore WASHINGTON Draped in an elegant saree, South Korean First Lady Kim Jung-sook soaked in Diwali festivities in Ayodhya much to the delight of the people of this pilgrim town. From the moment she arrived in Ayodhya on Tuesday till she departed, local people, especially the youth, applauded and cheered her at the multiple events she attended, along with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. She flew in a special chopper from Lucknow, and as it landed near the Ram Kath Park venue around 2:30 pm, a group of people clapped and chanted 'Jai Shri Ram'. She began her Ayodhya tour by offering tributes at the Queen Heo Memorial. Accompanied by Adityanath, she attended a ground-breaking ceremony for the upgrade and beautification of the memorial dedicated to the legendary princess of Ayodhya who went to Korea and married a king there in 48 AD. CONTD. ON P10 If Akash doesn’t get ticket, I too will sit out, declares Kailash In a sudden change of events, Indore-2 sitting MLA Ramesh Mendola on Wednesday agreed to leave the constituency for his ‘godfather’ and BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya’s son Akash. But Lok Sabha Speaker and local MP Sumitra Mahajan’s opposition is still there over the idea of fielding both Akash and Ramesh Mendola from constituencies in the city . Amid such a situation, Vijayvargiya here on Wednesday said: “Hamare Dada (Ramesh Mendola) bade delaire hai. Woh mujhse bole ke mujhe ticket mile na mile par Akash ko jaroo ladana chahiye (from Indore-2). (Ramesh Mendola is generous. He told me that whether he gets ticket or not but Akash should be fielded for sure),” the senior BJP leader told reporters. Vijayvargiya, however, said that he wants both Mendola and Akash to con- CONG NAMES 29 MORE CANDIDATES Korean First Lady wearing saree for Diwali delights people of Ayodhya MENDOLA READY TO VACATE INDORE-2 FOR JR VIJAYVARGIYA Nitish plays down speculations on Cabinet expansion OUR STAFF REPORTER Indore DIWALI GIFT masks, frames, and interactive filters, can help add creativity to the photos and videos USERS CAN also see a message from Facebook in the News Feed that links them directly to the Diwali Story. CLICKING the story, one can see stories shared by friends. ADDING TO the Diwali Story cannot add to users' personal story. Story" icon, and by using the Facebook Camera one can take a photo or video. "Today, people in India will be able to see and share a collective Diwali," the social media giant said in a statement. "Story that will appear on top of their Facebook News Feed, with additional promotions within the Feed. This Diwali Story will only be available to some English language users in India and will last only 24 hours, just like any other story," it added. The Facebook camera, which is packed with dozens of effects like masks, frames, and interactive filters, can help add creativity to the photos and videos. Users can also see a message from Facebook in the News Feed that links them directly to the Diwali Story . Clicking the story, one can see stories shared by friends. However, adding to the Diwali Story cannot add to users' personal story . But users do have the option to upload to both, the statement said. The United States has exempted India from the imposition of certain sanctions for the development of the strategically-located Chabahar port in Iran, along with the construction of the railway line connecting it with Afghanistan. The decision by the Trump administration, which a day earlier imposed the toughest ever sanctions on Iran and is very restrictive in giving exemptions, is seen as a recognition by Washington of India's role in development of the port on the Gulf of Oman, which is of immense strategic importance for the development of war-torn Afghanistan. “ After extensive consideration, the Secretary (of State) has provided for an exception from imposition of certain sanctions under the Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act of 2012, with respect to the development of Chabahar port, construction of an associated railway and for shipment of non-sanctionable goods through the port for Afghanistan's use, as well as the country's continued imports of Iranian petroleum products,” a State Department spokesperson told PTI. and stood second while Yadav bagged a poor third. 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The candidates BHIND: Ramesh Dubey, GOHAD-SC: Ranvir Jatav, GWALIOR SOUTH: Pravin Pathak, DAMOH: Rahul Singh Lodhi, HATTA-SC: Harishankar Choudhary, BANDHAVGARH-ST: Dr Dhyan Singh Parste, JABALPUR PURBA- SC: Lakhan Ghanghoria, NIWAS ST: Dr Ashok Maskole, BALAGHAT: Vishveshwar Bhagat, WARASEONI: Sanjay Singh Mesani, KATANGI: Tamlal Sahare, SIRONJ: Masharat Shaheed (In place of Ashok Tyage), SHUJALPUR: Ramveer Sikarwar, KHANDWA -SC: Kundan Malviya, PANDHANA-ST: Chhaya More, BURHANPUR: Ravindra Mahajan (In place of Harald Ka), KHARGONE: Ravi Joshi, PANSEMAL ST: Chandrabhaga Kirare, DEPALPUR: Vishal Patel, INDORE -1: Preeti Agnihotri, INDORE-4: Surjeet Singh Chadda, MAHIDPUR: Sardar Singh Chouhan, UJJAIN UTTAR: Rajendra Bharti, UJJAIN DAKSHIN: Rajendra Vasistha, RATLAM CITY: Premlata Dave, ALOT- SC: Manoj Chawla, MANDSAUR: Narendra Nahata, MALHARGARH - SC: Parasuram Sisodia, JAWAD: Rajkumar Aheer PM CELEBRATES DIWALI WITH SOLDIERS NEAR CHINA BORDER Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrating Diwali with jawans of Indian Army and ITBP, at Harsil, in Uttarakhand on India-China border on Wednesday PTI VIRAT RESPONDS TO FAN, COURTS CONTROVERSY ‘Don’t live in India if you love batsmen from other countries’ NEW DELHI Agencies Virat Kohli has embroiled himself in fresh controversy after a video footage on social media showed the Indian captain saying that “those who prefer English and Australian batsmen should not live in India”. Kohli was reading out mean messages to him and responding as he went along. In the video available on his newly released app, Kohli read tweets and Instagram messages with a certain user criticising Kohli and calling Indian batsmen overrated while admiring the Australian and English batsmen. “Over-rated batsman and personally I see nothing special in his batting. I enjoy watching English and Australian batsmen more than these Indians,” Kohli read out the tweet. Kohli, in turn, took a dig at a fan and said, “Okay, I don’t think you should live in India then… you should go and live somewhere else, no? Why are you living in our country and loving other countries? I don’t mind you not liking me but I don’t think you should live in our country and like other things. Get your priorities right.” Hailed as the new leader of the game by West Indies great Brian Lara, Kohli has been in sublime form throughout this year. CONTD. ON P10 Democrats take control of House, GOP retains Senate AGENCIES Washington Opposition Democrats captured the House of Representatives on Wednesday in the crucial midterm elections while President Donald Trump's Republican Party retained its majority in the Senate, an outcome likely to intensify the political bitterness and fighting between the two major parties in the run up to the 2020 presidential poll. Breaking the Republican monopoly on power, Democrats had already picked up over two dozen seats in the House - more than the 23 needed to take control of the House for the first time in eight years. Initial statements coming from the Democratic party leaders indicated it would make it tough for President Trump, who wants major legislative changes on some of his signature issues including immigration, tax and healthcare reforms.