LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, JAIPUR ` 4.00 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE TUESDAY, JULY 18, 2017 P4 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA EXPRESS NETWORK J&K: TWO KILLED IN CROSS-LOC FIRING GORKHALAND SUPPORTERS GHERAO DM’S OFFICE P8 WORLD THE EDITORIAL PAGE PAKISTAN’SSC STARTS HEARINGSON SHARIFP7 Kashmiriyat lives By Wajahat Habibullah THE IDEAS PAGE: A concert at sea By Kenji Hiramatsu, P9 SPORT SOUTHAFRICA BEATENGLAND BY340RUNS P15 STANDOFF WITH INDIAN TROOPS AT TRIJUNCTION China briefs envoys on Doklam: Our troops waiting patiently, but won’t do indefinitely Meanwhile, PLA carries out drill near India border Worried P-5 diplomats send word to Indian and Bhutanese counterparts SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, JULY 17 A MONTH into the standoff at Doklam, China has conveyed to foreign diplomats in Beijing that troops of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have been waiting patiently at the plateau — China claims the Bhutanese land at the trijunction with India and calls it Donglong — but will not wait for an indefinite period, The Indian Express has learnt. Thishasthediplomaticcommunity in Beijing worried, and some have conveyed this messagetotheirIndiancounterparts in Beijing and Bhutanese counterparts in New Delhi. Last month, Indian troops blocked Chinese road works in Doklam and have since been in afaceoff withPLAtroops.Beijing has been insisting that New Delhi back down. Sources told The Indian Express that Chinese officials, at a closed-door briefing last week, conveyed their version of events todiplomatsstationedinBeijing. Someof theG-20countrieshave CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 APURVA BEIJING, JULY 17 Chinese TV footage shows PLA drill on Tibet plateau THE PEOPLE’S Liberation Army has carried out a live-fire, brigade-level military exercise on the Tibet plateau which bordersIndia.Theexercisewasheld last week while troops from India and China remain locked inastandoff inDoklamatthetrijunction with Bhutan. This military exercise on the Tibet plateau comes days after a light battle tank was tested near the Indian border late June. Another live-fire exercise was carried out earlier this month in an unidentified area at an altitudeof 5,100metres.ThePLAexercise coincides with the MalabarExerciseinvolvingIndia, US and Japan. State-run media reported Monday that the live-fire exercise was conducted by a brigade from the PLA’s Tibet Military Command,oneof twomountain brigades in the region. The drill was conducted to “improve CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, JULY 17 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘Warned her about animals,wish had said men can be worse’ ASHWANI SHARMA Centre says no to another chance to deposit banned notes AFORTNIGHTaftertheSupreme Court asked the Centre to considergrantingawindowtothose who have not been able to depositdemonetisedRs500andRs 1,000 notes due to “genuine reasons”, the Centre on Monday said this would “defeat the very object of demonetisation and elimination of black money”. “If a window is opened for further period, persons who are in possession of the Specified Bank Notes (SBNs) would have had sufficient time and opportunity to carefully plan the reasonsandexcusesfornotdepositing the SBNs within the permitted period which was till December 30, 2016,” the Union FinanceMinistrysaidinanadditional affidavit filed in the Supreme Court on Monday. “Any number of benami transactionsanduserproxiesfor the purpose of producing and depositing SBNs would then arise... the departments would have great difficulty in deciding any genuine case from the numerous bogus ones,” it said, including a detailed list of the various “malpractices” that came to light post-demonetisation. The affidavit was filed in response to a query from the court earlier this month. The court, on July 4, gave the Centre and ReserveBankof Indiatwoweeks time to consider granting a window for “genuine reasons”. “You (Centre) cannot be allowed to deprive a person of his money if he couldn’t deposit it due to some genuine problems. Consider giving a window to a genuine problem,” a bench of Chief Justice of India J S Khehar The site where the girl was raped and murdered. Pradeep Kumar EXPRESS NETWORK SHORT-CIRCUIT SPARKEDLUCKNOW HOSPITALBLAZE, FINDSINQUIRY TEAM NDA’s Vice-Presidential candidate M Venkaiah Naidu with PM Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah on Monday. Anil Sharma PAGE 3 HALAILA (KOTKHAI), JULY 17 STANDING BARELY 100 metres from the spot where his daughter’s body was found in Halaila village, the 60-year-old stood with his head bowed and hands clasped to convey his gratitude tothehundredswhohadassembled for a Gayatri Path, a prayer meeting the family had organised on Sunday. His16-year-olddaughter,the sixth of his seven children, was found in the Halaila forests of Mahasuintheapple-richKotkhai area, 56 km from Shimla, on July 6, two days after she went missing on her way home from school. The postmortem report hadconfirmedrapeanddeathby strangulation, and revealed that shehaddeepinjuriesalloverher face and body. The girl’s death had triggered protests across Shimla, prompting the state home department to hand over the case the CBI. The girl and her younger brother studied at the Government Senior Secondary School in Mahasu, a journey of around 5 km that took them an hour as they walked from their hilltopvillageoverlookingTheog town through a winding mud road with tall deodar trees on either side. That day, the father says, while his son stayed back in school for the sports day, the 16year-old decided to come home. “My son and daughter usually comehometogether,alongwith someotherchildrenfromschool. But my daughter wasn’t participating in any event that day, so she came back on her own,” says the father. “I had always warned her about wild animals, that she should watch out, especially for bears, on the way, but she would say, ‘Relax, papa... No one can harmme’.IwishIhadwarnedher about men who are worse than beasts,” he says, breaking down. On July 13, police announced thearrestof AshishChauhan,29, of Shaaral village in Kotkhai, the son of a prominent orchard CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NDA names its choice for the next Rlys raised red flag last year Vice-President: M Venkaiah Naidu on hotels in CBI’s Lalu FIR LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, JULY 17 UNION MINISTER M Venkaiah Naidu will be the vice-presidential candidate of the ruling NDA, BJP president Amit Shah announcedMonday.Naidu’sname was finalised at a parliamentary board meeting of the BJP on Monday evening, he said. Naidu will take on Gopal Krishna Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and the Opposition’s candidate, in the election on August 8 in which the BJP and its allies have a clear edge. Naidu is expected to submit his resignation as Cabinet Minister before filing the nomination on Tuesday. “The BJP parliamentary board has chosen Venkaiah Naidu as the vice-presidential candidate of the party. All NDA allies have welcomed it,” said Shah after the party meeting, which lasted over an hour and was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Later, Modi hailed the selection in a series of tweets on his official Twitter account. “Have always admired his hardwork & tenacity. A fitting candidate for the office of Vice President,” he posted. “A farmer’s son, @MVenkaiahNaidu Garu brings years of experience in public life and is admired across the political spectrum... The years of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FULL COVERAGE PAGE 4 Votes are in for President amid cross-voting claims ANAND MISHRA NEW DELHI, JULY 17 AS VOTING concluded for the Presidential election Monday, a sense of impending defeat was visible among Opposition parties with indications emerging that NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind could win over 7 lakh votes, thanks to a larger support base and cross-voting from some sections. While BJP general secretary Bhupender Yadav expressed confidence of victory by over 7 lakh votes in an electorate comprising 10,98,903 votes, Opposition leaders in Delhi and outside fell back on the campaign line that they were making a larger ideological point by fielding Meira Kumar. Lok Sabha secretary general Anoop Mishra said that 768 MPs out of 776 had cast their votes — 714atParliamentHouseinDelhi and 54 in their respective states. The number of MLAs who voted in states was still being counted but “possibly, this is the highest percentage, with around 98-99 per cent votes recorded”, in any presidential election so far, said Mishra. In a large number of states, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AVISHEK G DASTIDAR NEW DELHI, JULY 17 MORE THAN a year before the CBI’s FIR against former rail minister and RJD chief Lalu Prasad for alleged irregularities in awarding tenders to Sujata Hotels, the Railways had redflagged the Patna-based company for charging higher tariffs in hotels leased to it by a rail PSU, according to records examined by The Indian Express. In both cases, the hotels under the scanner were the same —BNRHotelsinRanchiandPuri. Records show that BNR Puri and BNR Ranchi were leased out in 2006-07 to Sujata Hotels by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) as “budget hotels” on the premise that they would cater mainly to trainpassengersastheywerelo- cated close to railway stations in these cities. However, in 2016, Railways found that Sujata Hotels was charginguptoRs5,000pernight in these two hotels, depending on room and season, which was muchhigherthanindustrystandards for budget hotels. According to the agreement with IRCTC, the rates should have been Rs 1,000 per night. Andthis,whentheIRCTChad informed Railways that the BNR Hotels in Puri and Ranchi were “passenger amenities” and not a commercialventure,documents show.Recordsalsoshowthatthe licence fee received by IRCTC from these BNR Hotels was split with the zonal railways 75:25 in favour of the PSU. In February 2016, following a note from the Railways’ finance wing, Odisha-based East Coast Railway raised the first red flag, writing in a letter to the Railway BoardthatBNRPurihadbecome a “commercial project”, and that Railways should claim 40 per cent of its share of revenues. “It is seen that Clause 10 (in the agreement) is about the tariff partwhichmentionsthatBNR Hotel shall be catering primarily torailpassengers...androomtariff of allcategoryof roomsshould not exceed Rs 1,000 per night,” said the letter written by B P Swain, Chief Commercial Manager, East Coast Railway. “Clientele of BNR, Puri is not restricted to rail passengers and is mostly patronized by people who come by other means of transport,” the letter said. Railwayofficialsalsopointed out that the hotel’s tariff, not available on its website but displayed by other commercial aggregators, were much higher CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 First 2 jailed under Bihar liquor law: Mushahars, daily wagers SANTOSH SINGH JEHANABAD, JULY 17 A MUD-FILLED road from Purvi Unta on the main Jehanabad town road leads to a small slum cluster of Mushahars, with two rows of shanties separated by a narrow lane. Most of the men here pull thelas or work as daily wagers to make a living. About one-and-a-half months ago, Mastan Manjhi and Painter Manjhiwerearrestedfromhere, allegedly drunk. On July 10, the brothers became the first in Bihar to be convicted under its PAGE ONE ANCHOR prohibitionact,sentencedtofive years of rigorous imprisonment and fine of Rs 1 lakh each. When police came looking, says Siyamani Devi, wife of Mastan (39), she tried arguing with them that the two brothers had had toddy, which is not banned. Kranti Devi, wife of Painter (36), also pleaded with them but police ignored their pleas,shesays.Now,scaredofany visitbyoutsiders,thetwowomen arestillinshockoverhowquickly the events unfolded. The men were in jail since their arrest on May 29, 2017, when, before the family knew it, the matter was put on trial. Jehanabad-based lawyer Manoj Kumar Singh fought their case for free. With three policemen appearing as witnesses,JehanabadAdditional DistrictJudgeTrilokiNathTripathi heldMastanandPainterguiltyof drinking liquor under the Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act, 2016. The state government calls the law “a tool of social reform that would address not just domestic violence but raise nutri- The kin of Mastan Manjhi and Painter Manjhi. Santosh Singh tion level in family, that will save on liquor money to spend on milk and fruits”. Milk and fruits are far from Siyamani and Kranti’s minds. With their small savings fast running out, the two have already borrowed about Rs 2,000 from their neighbours and brothers, and worry constantly about where their next meal will come from. They try not to think that this could last the next five years and that, if they are not able to arrange the Rs 1 lakh fine — as seems likely — Mastan and Painter will spend a sixth year in jail. BothMastanandPainterhave threechildreneach,betweenthe ages of 8-14, and were the sole earning members of their families. The children only occasionally go to school, and mostly for themid-daymeal.Atothertimes, they help out at home. “Ye kanoon gareeb aur Mahadalit ko marne ke liye banayigayihai.Ameertobadewakil kar bach jayega, mara to hamesha gareeb hi jaata hai. Do thela chalanewale ko saja dilwakar mukhyamantriji ko kya mila? Ye kaisa kanoon ki sharir ka dard doorkarnekeliyedoghoontpiye topaassaaljail(Theliquorlawhas Jaipur beenmadeonlyforthepoor.The richwillhiregoodlawyersandescape, it is only the poor who will get punished. What did the CM achieve by putting two cartpullers in jail? What kind of law is this that drinking two drops of toddy to relieve one’s pain can land one in jail for five years)?” says Kranti, consoling daughter Nitu, 11, who is sobbing. Neighbourhood women gathered at Kranti’s 8 ft-by-8ft jhuggi ask if drinking is as big an offence as rape and murder. The guilty can be fined, but why jail them, they say. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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