TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 28 PAGES, NEW DELHI, `5.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) ● FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2017 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE ASSETS ORDINANCE CLEARED EPS-OPS camp gets ‘2 leaves’, Dinakaran says EC not impartial Screwstighten ondefaulters withtoughnew rulesforbidding WillchallengeorderinSupremeCourt, seekfloortestagain,saysDinakaran EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, CHENNAI, NOVEMBER 23 IN A setback to deposed party leader V K Sasikala and her nephew T T V Dinakaran, the Election Commission (EC) on Thursday allotted the AIADMK’s “two leaves” symbol to the unified front of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E K Palaniswami (EPS) and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam (OPS). Speaking to reporters hours after the EC’s order, Dinakaran said the poll panel “cannot act impartially”. He said he would challenge the order in the Supreme Court. In its 83-page order, the EC No ban but bar raised high; also on blacklist those banned from trading Panneerselvam,Palaniswami getAIADMKsymbol said it “is of the considered opinionthatthepetitionersgroupled by Shri E Madhusudhanan, O Paneerselvam and S Semmalai, and also supported presently by the impleading applicant Shri E KPalaniswami,thepresentChief Minister of Tamil Nadu, enjoys supportof majorityof members, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SUNNY VERMA NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 23 NEIGHBOURS CONNECT, GLOBAL STAGE Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad at the Global Conference on Cyber Space in New Delhi on Thursday. AP REPORT, PAGE 21 Changes in GST firm up BJP base in Gujarat’s ceramic hub but some cracks are still visible DECISION 2017 LIZ MATHEW & GOPAL KATESHIYA MORBI, NOVEMBER 23 Durga principal Goddess...court over-reaching: I&B tells HC SHAJU PHILIP THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, NOVEMBER 23 THE MINISTRY of Information & Broadcasting and organisers of the International Film Festival of India on Thursday appealed to a divisionbenchof theKeralaHigh Court against a single bench order directing them to screen the Malayalam film S Durga at the IFFI’s ongoing edition in Goa. In their appeal, the ministry and organisers said the name of the film’s protagonist Durga alludes to a “revered principal Goddess in India”. They said that theprefix“Sexy”,whichwaslater abbreviatedto“S”,has“greatpotential”tocreatealaw-and-order CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 14 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Why quad matters BY ARUN PRAKASH Polls apart Simultaneous polls against principles of parliamentary system THEIDEASPAGE 15 LAST YEAR this time, hundreds of daily-wage labourers, traders and industrialists in the ceramic hub of Morbi in Gujarat were strugglingtocometotermswith Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise announcement of currency withdrawals, and the cash crunchthatfollowed.Thencame the GST rollout, under which GUJARAT FULL COVERAGE PAGES 7, 8 building materials were initially placed in the higher tax bracket. Today, there’s a palpable At a ceramic factory in Morbi. Express sense of relief in Morbi. Among businessmen, after the GST Councilmovedbuildingmaterial from the 28 per cent category to the 18 per cent slab. And among local BJP leaders, who had come under fire from traders for “destroying the industry and ditching their loyal supporters”. Still, a section of traders who have long stood by the BJP are unhappywiththerulingparty— of thefourAssemblyconstituencies of Morbi, Tankara CHANDIGARH, NOVEMBER 23 IN THE past, the Congress government in Haryana has given prime land to NGOs, trusts and religious organisations at highly concessional rates. Now the BJP government has followed suit giving nine acres in Kurukshetra for a song to Gita Gyan Sansthanam to develop a Gita Research Centre, an academic and meditation centre, a library and an auditorium. While the auditorium and library are under construction, President of India Ram Nath Model of Gita Research Centre in Kurukshetra Kovind is scheduled to lay the foundation stone of the Gita Research Centre on November 25 and inaugurate a fortnightlong International Gita Jayanti celebration. Records accessed by The Indian Express showthatin2015, six acres in possession of the Kurukshetra Development Board (KDB) was given to Sri Gyananandji Maharaj-led Gita SansthanamatRs5lakhperacre on an annual lease of 99 years. The land is located on the road leading to Brahma Sarovar in Kurukshetra. In official government records,theland’svalueisshown as Rs 50 lakh per acre. The current market price is estimated at around Rs 6 crore per acre. The Haryana Governor is the ex-officio Chairman of KDB. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Key to Beijing’s fight against smog: accurate forecast a fortnight ahead APURVA BEIJING, NOVEMBER 23 ON NOVEMBER 2, a text message to all mobile numbers issued in Beijing warned of worsening air quality and that an orange alert — the second highest — had been declared. It meant children and the elderly should stay indoors, certain factories would have to cut production and heavy vehicles would not be allowed to ply Beijing’s roads between November 4 and November 8. The announcement was DEATH BY BREATH LESSONS FROM BEIJING PART 2 made two days in advance to allow the city to cope with an emergency action plan and if possible, hold the smog to lower levels than predicted. State-run mediareportedthataftertheorange alert ended November 8, air quality levels were better than expected. Data from the US Embassy in Beijing,whichmeasuresconcentrations of PM 2.5 and the correspondingAirQualityIndex(AQI), showed pollution levels peaked between November 5 and November 6 (160-210). According to Beijing’s air quality standards,anorangealertmeans the AQI will remain above 200 for three consecutive days. InBeijing’sbattleagainstpollution lies lessons for New Delhi, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RAVINA BAMBHANIYA was seven in the winter of 2008, when her relatives gathered to conduct the final rites of her father. Ramesh Bambhaniya was on board the fishing trawler Kuber that was hijacked by ten armed terrorists to reach the Mumbai coast on November 26, 2008. Nine years later, Ravina is hoping to become a teacher, even as her mother struggles to keep the family going — Ramesh is still listed officially as a “missing person”. Ravina Bambhaniya (2nd from left) in Simasi. Gopal Kateshiya MUGABE GRANTED IMMUNITY FROM PROSECUTION One of the victims. Express Muslim cleric, his 2 relatives beaten up in train in UP: FIR AVANEESH MISHRA LUCKNOW, NOVEMBER 23 A MUSLIM cleric and two of his relatives were allegedly assaulted by some unidentified persons on board a DelhiShamli passenger train, in Baghpat district on Wednesday night. According to an eyewitness, the attackers said they wanted to remove the head scarves which the victims were wearing. Station Officer (SO), GRP police station, Sukhpal Singh, said Gulzar, 30; Israr, 25; and Abu Bakr, 21, were on their way to their village in Baghpat when they had an argument with six co-passengers at around 10:15 pm. “During their altercation, the trio were allegedly beaten up by the group,” said Singh. “WehadgonetoDelhitovisit Hazrat Nizamuddin and were returning in the train. We were supposed to get down at CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 HailingfromSimasivillagein Una taluka of Gujarat’s coastal Gir Somnath district, Ramesh was with four other fishermen on Kuber that trip. While the body of captain Amarsinh Solanki was found off the Mumbai coast, there was no trace of the rest. Officially, the government is yet to declare them “presumed dead”. Vinu Masani, Kuber’s owner, paid Ramesh’s family Rs 75,000 in compensation, but most of it was spent on arranging the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 HOME BUYERS MAY NOT GET STATUS OF FINANCIAL CREDITORS PAGE 21 Moody’s up, all eyes on word from S&P now SUNNY VERMA NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 23 BY UNNY NINE YEARS LATER , HER HUSBAND MISSING, WIFE WAITING FOR DEATH CERTIFICATE SIMASI (GIR SOMNATH), NOVEMBER 23 MYANMAR, BANGLAINK ROHINGYA RETURNDEAL BUSINESS AS USUAL ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR GOPAL KATESHIYA WORLD CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Like Cong, like BJP: 9 prime acres for a song — this time for the Gita VARINDER BHATIA & SUKHBIR SIWACH 16 TIGHTENING its insolvency rules,theGovernmentThursday notifiedanOrdinanceraisingthe bar for loan defaulters from bidding to buy back their assets when they are auctioned as part of bankruptcy proceedings. President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the Ordinance approved by the Union Cabinet to amend the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) which is aimed at strengthening the stressed-assetresolutionprocess. The Ordinance spells out norms on who cannot be a resolution applicant for companies undergoing corporate insolvency resolution process (CIRP) under the IBC. Those who have been banned from bidding for stressed assets include willful defaulters, un-discharged insolvent, persons convicted of an offence or disqualified as a director under the Company law, loan guarantor, persons banned from trading in securities market, and an account classified as NPA for more than one year and failing to pay overdue amount before submission of bids. In the Ordinance that was cleared by the Union Cabinet Wednesday,thegovernmenthas notcategoricallybannedexisting promotersfrombiddingfortheir own companies undergoing A WEEK after Moody’s Investors Service upgraded India’s sovereign ratings, for the first time since 2004, all eyes are now on global rating agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) review expected on Friday, a senior finance ministry official said here today. “The S&P is coming out with its review, we are bracing for both a positive and a negative outcome of their assessment,” the official said. In October, S&P had said that India needs to improve its fiscal position for a rating upgrade. With the government lowering Goods and Services Tax rate on a numberof commoditiesandthe recent reduction in excise duty on fuels, there are concerns of a slightslippageinmeetingthefiscal deficit target of 3.2 per cent of Gross Domestic Product by March-end 2018. Finance Ministry officials, however, have maintainedthatthegovernment is on course to meet the fiscal deficit aim. An upgrade from S&P will be a positive for the bond market and likely reduce interest costs for both the government as well as companies raising funds from abroad. In October, S&P kept CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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