The IndianEXPRESS JOURNALISM OF COURAGE www.indianexpress.com LATE CITY I PUNE l THURSDAY l SEPTEMBER 15 l 2011 I 20+6 PAGES I Rs. 3.00 Daily from AHMEDABAD I CHANDIGARH I DELHI I JAMMU I KOLKATA I LUCKNOW I MUMBAI I NAGPUR I PUNE I VADODARA International PAGE 14 Taliban hold off troops in Kabul diplomatic area for 20 hours Edit & Op-ed PAGES 10,11 MAKING HASTE SLOWLY by Pratap Bhanu Mehta ■ MODI ATTEMPTS A MAKEOVER IN TYPICALLY POLARISING WAY Sport IN THE EXPRESS PAGE 13 UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE WEST THE QUEST FOR JOBS PAGE 18 Deluge of rewards after hockey team rejects ‘paltry sum’ PUNENewsline ● FOUR HURT AS BURGLARS ATTACK POLICEMEN, FLEE ● ZAGADE SPEAKS OUT: PRESSURE FROM POWERFUL INDIVIDUALS ❚ SHE STEPS OUT ANIL SHARMA First arrests in Delhi blast: Two Class XI students PROBE ❚ Kishtwar boys ‘sent mail talking of HuJI hand’, booked under UAPA provisions ARUN SHARMA JAMMU , SEPTEMBER 14 Sonia Gandhi leaves daughter Priyanka’s residence in Delhi on Wednesday. This was the first time she was seen in public after surgery. QUICK TAKES TAMIL NADU TRAIN ACCIDENT DRIVER IGNORED SPEED LIMITS, JUMPED SIGNALS One SAT-like test for IITs, all engg colleges, fee payback plan EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 14 A victim waits at a mortuary Wednesday. AP PAGE 2 Sushma hails PM trip to Bangla: ‘Very, very good’ SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh drew rare praise from BJP leader Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday, when she called his Bangladesh trip “very, very good”. VAT refund, other concessions for SEZs MUMBAI: The Maharashtra Cabinet on Wednesday decided to grant concessions to the SEZs and the MIHAN project which includes VAT refunds and waiver of non-agriculture tax and royalties on minor minerals. P3 Anjali Gupta case: IAF officer suspended BHOPAL: The case of Anjali Gupta took a new turn after her family alleged that she had levelled false allegations of sexual harassment against her seniors at the behest of IAF Group Captain Amit Gupta, who is now under arrest, and has been suspended from service. Business as Usual By UNNY THE council of IITs today proposed a panIndia common entrance aptitude test for admission to engineering programmes — in IITs and other colleges as well — possibly from 2013. This will replace the current system of a joint entrance examination for IITs and separate tests for state engineering colleges. Officials said private colleges can use this test too. Another proposal is to weaken the clout of coaching institutes by giving weightage to Class 12 exam results. However, states need to be on board with a normalization process given that each has its own board examinations. The Indian Statistical Institute has been roped in to work out the details. HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said that the single test — on the lines of the Scholastic Aptitude Test in the US — would reduce stress for students and improve access to education. “The IIT system must reflect diversity. The aam aadmi must get into these institutes,” Sibal said. The Kakodkar committee had recommended raising the fees to Rs 2 lakh a year. Sibal said this would be factored in but IIT fees would remain the same at Rs 50,000 per year . However, an estimated 25% of the general students — whose annual income is above Rs 4 lakh — will have to pay back the “difference” (Rs 6 lakh at the rate of Rs 1.5 lakh per year) on employment, he said. Those who do PhDs or join IITs as faculty will, however, be exempt from paying this. This proposal will go to the Finance Ministry. This is expected to incentivise those taking up doctoral research and teaching positions, Sibal said. Nine killed as two communities clash in Bharatpur APURVA JAIPUR, SEPTEMBER 14 AT LEAST nine people were killed and several injured after two communities clashed and police opened fire late on Wednesday night in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur district. The district’s Kaman tehsil was under curfew, and members of the Gurjjar and Muslim Meave communities were firing at each other till late in the night, senior officers said. Additional police forces have been rushed to the spot, and the situation was under control, the government said. “Trouble began at around 8 pm when two communities clashed over a piece of land in Gopalgarh in Bharatpur,” Additional Chief Secretary (Home) P K Deb told The Indian Express. “The two groups opened fire on each other and on the police.” Three policemen were injured, and curfew was imposed on Pahadi, Jurera, Gopalgarh, Kaman, Sikri and Nagar areas of the district, Deb said. Ac- cording to Deb, preliminary reports confirmed the deaths of six members of the Meave community and three members of the Gurjjar community. “The feud began on Tuesday after one community declared the piece of land as a graveyard,” Deb said. On Wednesday, community leaders were meeting on the premises of the Gopalgarh police station to thrash out an understanding, when the situation suddenly went out of hand, he said. “The leaders of the two communities had actually come to an understanding and a compromise over the land dispute. It was all but settled, before some miscreants open fire outside,” Deb said. The two groups then clashed with each other and the police. Several injured persons were referred to Bharatpur government hospital. District Collector Krishan Kunal and SP Hinglajdan were directing operations from Kama. Senior officers said the land dispute had been festering for the past several weeks. M AKING the first arrests in the Delhi High Court blast, the Jammu and Kashmir Police and the NIA today charged two Class XI students from Kishtwar with criminal conspiracy. The two, identified by sources as Abid Hussain and Shariq Ahmed, allegedly sent the email to media houses in Delhi claiming that the Harkat-ulJehadi was responsible for the attack, and had been detained for questioning six days ago. They have been booked under Section 120(B) of the IPC (criminal conspiracy) and under the Unlaw- Shariq (top); ful Activities (Preven- Abid tion) Act. Asked about progress in the case, Union Home Secretary R K Singh said there were clues and arrests had been made. “Some people have been arrested,” Singh told reporters in New Delhi. “But we do not want to disclose whatever progress we have made as it will hamper the investigation.” Though the police in Jammu refused to give details, sources said Abid and Shariq are both students of Islamia Faridia Higher Secondary School at Kishtwar. Neither has any criminal or militancy-related record. During questioning, the two reportedly said they had not drafted the mail — seeking that the death sentence of Afzal Guru be repealed — but that someone had given it to them on a pen drive. with ENS, Delhi Groping in dark, cops stumble on to ‘splinter like’ injuries MADHUPARNA DAS KOLKATA, SEPTEMBER 14 IT’S a bad time to get injured in West Bengal. With few leads and immense pressure in the Delhi blast case, investigators are closely scouring the state for anyone with “splinter-looking injuries”. A total of seven people have been picked up for interrogation, several with such injuries on their persons. The other criterion for detentions is anyone “whose mobile phones were tracked for having the same IP address from which emails claiming responsibility for the blast were sent”. It was these emails, traced to somewhere near Kolkata, that first brought the NIA team here. On Tuesday, Mohammad Afzal Sayed of Bagnan in Howrah was arrested after he was detected with tell-tale injuries on CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Sayed was held in Howrah after he came to a hospital for treatment. PTI US think tank, cables point to Modi as PM candidate EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 14 Another recognition for 6 crore Gujaratis. US report hails Guj’s effective governance... Jay Jay Garvi Guj NARENDRA MODI, on Twitter THERE is growing opinion in US diplomatic and strategic circles that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is emerging as the BJP’s likely prime ministerial candidate, a series of leaked diplomatic cables and analysis of a Congressional think tank suggest. There are several references to Modi as a prominent PM candidate in the cables released by WikiLeaks. And now, a report of the Congressional Research Service (CRS) says that Modi, despite being “dogged” by “alleged complicity” in the 2002 riots, is a likely candidate for the top post. CRS is the public policy research arm of the US Congress, working exclusively for members of Congress, their committees and staff on a confidential, nonpartisan basis. “Among the party’s (BJP’s) likely candidates for the prime ministership in future elections is Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who has overseen impressive development successes in his state, but who is also dogged by controversy over his alleged complicity in lethal antiCONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NOW IPS OFFICER BHATT PENS HIS OWN OPEN LETTER... (Your) false bravado comes across as a very smart attempt to mislead the gullible people of Gujarat... Please be assured that we will see a very different picture as the actual import of the (Zakia Jafri) order... takes judicial effect... suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt wrote to Narendra Modi SANJIV BHATT ...AND CONGRESS PLANS TO OUT-FAST MODI SHANKARSINH VAGHELA Shankarsinh Vaghela will lead Gujarat Congressmen on a parallel fast at the same time as Narendra Modi, but will continue for two hours after the chief minister has finished. Vaghela will fast at Sabarmati Ashram from September 17. REPORTS, PAGE 4 Gehlot govt battles scandal of a CD and a missing woman 1 PAGE ANCHOR CBI called in; BJP seeks minister’s resignation, his associate held APURVA JAIPUR, SEPTEMBER 14 P OLICE in Jodhpur have arrested a Rajasthan Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) contractor in connection with the suspected kidnapping of auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM) Bhanwari Devi, who is reportedly in possession of a CD that purportedly contains a video of a Rajasthan minister in a compromising position. Dev’’s disappearance was first reported last week by ETV Rajasthan, which said she had the CD. The BJP, which organised a protest in Jaipur today, demanded the resignation of Rajasthan PHED and Water Resources Minister Mahipal Maderna, alleging he was the minister in it. Late on Wednesday evening, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot recommended a CBI probe into Devi’s disappearance. Sources in the government said the deci- sion to ask for the CBI was taken after state home minister Shanti Dhariwal spoke to Maderna. Maderna, who had steadfastly refused comment on the issue through the day, said, “If there are so many allegations against me then let there be a CBI probe and the truth will come out.” Also on Wednesday night, reports surfaced that Devi’s body had been found in Jhansi. Jodhpur inspector-general of police, Umesh Mishra, however, denied the reports and maintained that the investigation into her disappearance was ongoing. Senior police officers in Jodhpur said that a court on Tuesday denied them permission to carry out a lie-detector test on the contractor, Sohan Lal Bishnoi, who is considered close to Maderna. I-G Mishra said, “The court has denied us permission for a lie-detector test, but he (Bishnoi) will remain in police custody till September 16.” The police believe that Devi went missing after she sold her car to Bishnoi last week and went with him to Bhilara to collect the money. Senior police officers said that though they were “officially” looking into Devi’s disappearance, the CD was also part of the investigation. Sources said the CD was supposedly recorded in 2009. Earlier in the day, BJP state president Arun Chaturvedi told The Indian Express that the allegations against Maderna were serious and that he must resign.
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