WORLD CUP SEMIFINAL ‘Fortune favours the brave’ AGENCIES / Mumbai Over the past few weeks, his team has transformed into an unstoppable force vanquishing everyone on its path to glory. But, in Wednesday's World Cup semifinal against New Zealand, India skipper Rohit Sharma also wants "luck to favour" his squad. "Now, the time has come that you need a little bit of luck as well to favour you, go your way. Obviously, we are going to be brave enough. And hopefully, fortune favours the brave," Rohit said on the eve of the big-ticket game. Rohit said the hosts will not be required to make big News Brief Aluva rape convict gets death penalty A court in Kerala on Tuesday sentenced to death the man convicted in the horrific Aluva child rape and murder case. Special POCSO (Protection Of Children from Sexual Offences) court judge K Soman directed that convict Ashwaq Alam be hanged to death for killing a 5-year-old girl from Bihar, public prosecutor (PP) G Mohanraj said. The death sentence would be carried out after confirmation by the Kerala High Court, the prosecutor said. Subrata Roy ‘Sahara’ dies MUMBAI: Sahara Group founder and Chairman Subrata Roy died on Tuesday at a Mumbai hospital after battling a long illness, the company said in a statement. He was 75. Subrata Roy is survived by wife Swapna Roy and two sons, Sushanto Roy and Seemanto Roy, who live abroad. You failed to deliver: Ex-min to Sunak Former UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman, sacked by PM Rishi Sunak, quit her office on Tuesday with a massive parting shot -- a scathing resignation posted on social media where she accused him of being "weak" and failing to deliver on key policies and keep their promise to the British people. W hen we won the first World Cup, none of us were born. When we won the second World Cup in 2011, half of us did not even start playing. The current crop of players we have is not talking about how we won those two World Cups, but rather about how they can get better, bring something of value to the team and what things they need to improve Current crop of players don't talk about how we won WCs in 1983, 2011: Rohit n ROHIT SHARMA changes in regards to their mindset and approach just because they are headed into the semifinal clash. India have been the most dominant team in this World Cup having won all their nine league matches to finish at the top of the points table and will face the Kiwis at the Wankhede Stadium in the first semifinal. "(In) the first (half) of the tournament, if you see, I think we chased the first Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja and Ishan Kishan during a practice session ahead of the ICC Mens Cricket World Cup 2023 first semi-final match at Wankhede Stadium, in Mumbai five games and then the next four games we batted first. In terms of the areas that we wanted to cover, we have covered almost every HORROR AT GAZA HOSPITAL: 179 buried in mass grave AGENCIES / Gaza The Director of Gaza’s largest hospital -- Al Shifa Hospital -- on Tuesday said that at least 179 people have been buried in a mass grave inside the hospital premises, media reports said. “We were forced to bury them in a mass grave,” said the Director Mohammad Abu Salmiya, adding that seven babies and 29 intensive care patients are among those buried, Al Jazeera reported. Orthopedic surgeon Fadel Naim, based in the Gaza, said that the patients with injuries “up to the moderate level” have to undergo surgery without anesthesia because of a lack of medical supplies. “It’s to preserve the remaining supply of anesthesia, which is on the verge of depletion at any moment, for major and critical surgeries,” he wrote on X. Al Jazeera reported that the pain experienced by the patients during the surgical interventions without anesthesia is beyond what humanity can endure. According to the Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor, Israel has dropped more than 25,000 tonnes of explosives on the Gaza since October 7 - equivalent to two nuclear bombs. Satellite imagery and pho- WAR DASHBOARD People mourn as they stand behind a metal fence near the bodies of victims before their burial, outside the morgue at Nasser hospital in Khan Yunis in southern Gaza Strip NO ANESTHESIA O rthopedic surgeon Fadel Naim, based in the Gaza, said that the patients with injuries “up to the moderate level” have to undergo surgery without anesthesia because of a lack of medical supplies. ACTIVIST KILLED V ivian Silver, a Canadian-born Israeli activist who devoted her life to seeking peace with the Palestinians, was confirmed killed in Hamas' October 7 incursion into southern Israel. For 38 days, Silver had been believed to be among the nearly 240 hostages held in the Gaza Strip. tographs show entire neighbourhoods have been levelled, with many hospitals, schools, places of worship and homes damaged or destroyed by Israeli land, sea and air attacks. Entire communication systems and water treatment plants have also been disabled, according to online report. bit of it," Rohit told the media here before India's only training session ahead of the semifinal game. CONTD. ON NATION Indian consulate attack case: NIA seeks US help NEW DELHI: National Investigation Agency (NIA) has requested for evidence from the US -- under mutual legal assistance treaty -- in San Francisco Indian consulate attack case. NIA sources said that that 45 faces that were zeroed in through CCTV footage scanning have also been mostly identified through crowd sourcing. On September 21, the NIA had released the pictures of 10 wanted accused in the March 2023 case of attack and vandalism at the Indian Consulate in San Francisco, US and has sought information about them from the general public. The agency has issued three separate “Request for Identification and Information” notices against the wanted accused, seeking any information of importance that could lead to their arrest or apprehension. While two of the notices carry photographs of two accused each, the third notice shows pictures of the other six accused allegedly involved in the case. The attack on the Indian Consulate in San Francisco had taken place in the intervening night of 18 and 19 March 2023 when some proKhalistan entities trespassed into the consulate and tried to burn down the Consulate. Now, no entry for non-Jewish ‘Make adultery crime again’ visitors at Kolkata’s synagogues MPs' panel contradicts Supreme Court order KOLKATA opened for a limited period The three popular Jewish- to let in the members of the synagogues in Kolkata miniscule Jewish commuhave barred the entry of nity for prayers. non-Jewish visitors, probaAny non-Jewish visitor bly in the backdrop these days is However, of the Hamas-Isstopped at entry rael battle in the there has been gates of the synGaza Strip. no official notification agogues by the However, security there has been in the matter from the guards saying no official nothat synagogue authorities been entry has tification in prohibiton this count the matter from ed for the time the synagogue aubeing. The thorities on this guards are also count. tight-lipped about the reaThe gates of these syna- sons behind this move. gogues have remained They also refuse to divulge closed round-the-clock for for how long this ban on the last few days. They are visitors will continue. ONLINE REPORT A The panel's report, if accepted by the government, is set to contradict a landmark 2018 ruling by a five-member bench of the Supreme Court that said "adultery cannot and should not be a crime" dultery should be made a crime again because "the institution of marriage is sacred" and it must be "protected", a parliamentary panel recommended to the government Tuesday in its report on the Bharatiya Nyay Sanhita, a bill tabled by Union Home Minister Amit Shah in September. The report has also argued that the revised adultery law must treat it as a "gender-neutral" crime, and has called for both parties - the man and the woman - to be held equally liable. The panel's report, if accepted by the government, is set to contradict a land- mark 2018 ruling by a five-member bench of the Supreme Court that said "adultery cannot and should not be a crime". The Bharatiya Nyay Sanhita is part of a set of three that is supposed to replace the Indian Penal Code, the Code of Criminal Procedure, and the Indian Evidence Act. It had been sent in August to the Standing Committee on Home Affairs, which is headed by BJP MP Brij Lal, for further scrutiny. Arundhati barred from travelling to Germany FP BUREAU New Delhi Invited to speak at the Munich Literature Festival, Booker Prize-winning novelist Arundhati Roy cannot travel to Germany the Supreme Court held on Friday as she faces charges in India over public comments she made 13 years ago. Roy was invited to give the opening speech at the Munich Literature Festival, which takes place India is ranked 161 out of 180 countries in the press freedom index, but this has n 2010, Roy made a speech about Kashmir, and her comments that the never held Roy back. On the disputed region has never been an "integral" part of India have been contrary, she has been prodredged up once more. She now faces fresh charges for "offences related lific in her production of esto provocative speech and the promotion of enmity between different says and novels that expertgroups." The prosecution could lead to a prison sentence of up to seven years ly combine her political convictions with an ingenious from November 15 to December 3. While she will not be giving the play of words. However, the renowned novelist festival's opening address, she will Roy shot to international fame cannot travel to Germany, as she nevertheless contribute to a panel with her 1997 novel, "The God of faces new charges in her home discussion at the festival on the sit- Small Things," which won her that country related to comments she uation in India, via video link, on year the Man Booker Prize (now made 13 years ago. November 16. shortened to Booker Prize). I FACES PROSECUTION Indian hospitality icon Oberoi no more The Chairman Emeritus of The Oberoi Group, popularly known as 'Biki', built a sprawling chain comprising 32 hotels during his lifetime. EIH owns the eponymous Oberoi and Trident hotel chains AGENCIES New Delhi Prithvi Raj Singh Oberoi, the 94-year-old veteran corporate hotelier who redefined India's hospitality industry, passed away on Tuesday. Son of late Rai Bahadur MS Oberoi, the founder of The Oberoi Group, PRS Oberoi had also been instrumental in developing the Trident chain of hotels. His father, the man who started it all in 1934, passed away in 2002 and Tilak Raj, his older son, reportedly died prematurely in 1984. Since then, PRS Oberoi steered the hospitality chain through its ups and downs. CONTD. ON NATION REMARKS AGAINST PM Priyanka, Kejri get EC notice NEW DELHI: The Election Commission on Tuesday issued a showcause notice to Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra for allegedly making unverified and false statements with regard to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Acting on a tion by NovemAAP on complaint ber 16. made by the The notice Wednesday last had BJP that she posted a video story on 'X' has been ishad made sued to the featuring industrialist "false" and national Gautam Adani and Prime "unvericonvener fied" statethe Minister Modi. The next day, of ments the party posted a picture of AAP. Delagainst hi Chief Prime Min- Adani and Modi, and alleged Minister that the prime minister ister Modi at Arvind Kean election jriwal is the works for the rally in Madnational conindustrialist and not hya Pradesh revener of the the people cently, the poll AAP, which is in panel asked her to expower in Delhi and plain her statements by 8 Punjab. pm on Thursday. The BJP had on NovemMeanwhile, The Election ber 10 approached the ElecCommission on Tuesday tion Commission and deissued a show-cause notice manded action against the to the Aam Aadmi Party AAP for posting "very unfor alleged disparaging reacceptable" and marks made against the "unethical" video clip and prime minister on its remarks on a social media social media handle and platform targeting Prime asked it to respond to the Minister Narendra Modi. charge of poll code violaCONTD. ON NATION ‘MADE IN CHINA’ PHONE REMARK PM Modi calls Rahul ‘moorkhon ke sardar’ ROADSHOW ROADSHOW IN INDORE IN INDORE AGENCIES Betul / Shajapur / Jhabua Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the Centre will launch a scheme worth Rs 24,000 crore for the welfare of tribals in the country on Wednesday when the entire nation will celebrate Bhagwan Birsa Munda's birth anniversary. Addressing a public meeting in Betul district, Modi noted the presence of a large number of people on the last day of his campaign for the Madhya Pradesh assembly elections scheduled on November 17, and said it is an indication that the BJP's victory is assured in these polls. Modi also said India has become the second largest manufacturer of mobile phones in the world. He took a swipe at former Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves at supporters during a roadshow in Indore on Tuesday I can see a large number of people attending this meeting with many of them standing out in the sun as the arrangements made for the rally fell a little short as compared to the turnout. A storm is blowing in the state that will uproot Congress's 'tambu' in the state n NARENDRA MODI, PM Congress president Rahul Gandhi over his remark during a rally in MP on Monday that mobile phones in the people's pockets were "Made in China" and they should rather be "Made in Madhya Pradesh". CONTD. ON NATION Sonia in Jaipur Poll campaign ends today The visit comes amid the campaign for the November 25 assembly polls in Rajasthan, where the Congress hopes to return to power JAIPUR Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi arrived here Tuesday on what was described as a private visit for her to escape air pollution in Delhi. The two were accompanied by All India Congress Committee general secretary K C Venugopal. "It is a private visit. There is air pollution in Delhi, that's why," Venugopal said in Hindi when reporters at the airport asked him about the reason for Sonia Gandhi's visit to pollbound Rajasthan. But answering another question, he indicated there could be party meetings as well in Jaipur. The visit comes amid the campaign for the November 25 assembly polls in Rajasthan, where the Congress hopes to return to power. Venugopal said the party is sure of its success. "We are confident that we are going to win," he said. He dismissed a reporter's observation that Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his former deputy Sachin Pilot have not been seen campaigning together. CONTD. ON NATION FP BUREAU / New Delhi The election campaign comes to an end today in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh for the state assembly polling in the two states on Friday. Elections are to be held for the 230member House in Madhya Pradesh on November 17 while Chhttisgarh will have the second phase of polls the same day for 70 seats in the 90-member Assembly. In the second phase of polls in Chhattisgarh on Friday, 253 candidates are in the fray as against 223 in the first phase on November 7 and 100 of them have the criminal cases.The BJP is campaigning with the charge of corruption by Congress chief minister Bhupesh Baghel, accusing him of collecting money through Mahadev app scam as alleged by PM Modi. The app was banned by the Centre a week ago, though Baghel has been asking for its ban for the past many months.