TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, JAIPUR, `4.00 ● THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA Modi to host ASEAN leaders today, maritime security on table SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, JANUARY 24 FOCUSING ON “maritime cooperation and security”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will host the 10 visiting ASEAN leaders at Rashtrapati Bhavan for a “retreat” on Thursday, where they are expected to discuss challenges faced by the region. This is a clear signal to Beijing, whose assertive maritime activities have impinged on the security of almost every country in the ASEAN grouping. A two-hour time slot has been been kept aside in the schedule for Thursday afternoon, which will include a walk in the Mughal Gardens at Rashtrapati Bhavan. “Politico-security relations between India and ASEAN is one of the crucial pillars of engagement... that is the reason, they will discuss maritime cooperation and security during the post-lunch session,” a government source told The Indian Express on Wednesday. Since South China Sea has emerged as a major dispute between China and several ASEAN countries like Vietnam, Philippines, Brunei and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE RS 1-LAKH CRORE BOOST PROTESTS IN RAJASTHAN, HARYANA, GUJARAT, UP, MAHARASHTRA There’s freedom to stone bus with schoolchildren SAKSHI DAYAL GURGAON, JANUARY 24 A VIDEO of terrified school children huddled in a Gurgaon school bus as a mob, protesting the release of Padmaavat, attacked them with stones and sticks Wednesday became a symbolof governmentapathyto maintaining law and order. Shot by a passenger on the bus, the video captures just 13 seconds of the four-minute ordeal students — the youngest was aged four years — teachers and school staff went through as the bus drove past a mob that had just torched a Haryana Roadways bus. The attack on the school bus was among dozens of protests across at least six states Wednesday, a day before the 7 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Sanjay Leela Bhansali film’s scheduled release. The Supreme Court had Tuesday cleared the decks for the film’s release for Thursday. Despite the SC order, violent protests spread to cities and townsinseveralstatesincluding Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Maharastra. The Multiplex Association of India (MAI) announced that its members in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Goa would not screen Padmaavat. In the Gurgaon video, staff and students are seen crouching on the floor of the bus and the shattered windows in the backgroundonlyunderscorethehorror and confusion. One student is heard sobbing constantly, while at the end of the video a girl, clad in a red sweater, is seen crying in the arms of a staff member trying to reassure her. As the bus races away, staff CHINESE SCIENTISTS CLONE MONKEYS FULL COVERAGE PAGE 3, 4 Sohrabuddin trial: As media gagged, most witnesses turn hostile SADAF MODAK & SAILEE DHAYALKAR MUMBAI, JANUARY 24 AHEAD OF UN TEAM’S VISIT, PAK COURT RESTRAINS GOVT FROM ACTING AGAINST SAEED NEARLY TWO months since trial began in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh alleged fake encounter case, majority witnesses, presented by the prosecution to support its case that Sohrabuddin, his wife Kausarbi and associate Tulsiram Prajapati were victims of an extra-judicial killing, have turned hostile. Of the 40 witnesses examined un- Govt proposes public annual report card SUNNY VERMA NEW DELHI, JANUARY 24 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 27 OF 40 WITNESSES GO BACK ON WORD WORLD Banks get cash infusion, reform roadmap Sohrabuddin, Kausar Bi. File tilWednesday,27weredeclared hostilebytheprosecution,while the deposition of one has been deferred for later. Since November 29, when CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A school bus was stoned in Gurgaon on Wednesday. Video grab HC quashes gag: Public has right to know, press most powerful watchdog EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, JANUARY 24 OBSERVING THAT the “press is the most powerful watchdog of society”,theBombayHighCourt Wednesday quashed and set aside a trial court order restraining the media from reporting on proceedings in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh alleged fake encounter case. Dictating the order, Justice Revati Mohite-Dere said “certainly public has a right to know what is happening in this case”. She said freedom of press is intrinsic to the right to freedom THE GOVERNMENT on Wednesday announced a reforms roadmap for public sector banks and details of how Rs 80,000 crore of funds raised through recapitalisation bonds will be allocated to 20 PSBs by March-end. Eleven weak banks aretobegivenatotalof Rs52,311 crore to maintain their minimum capital requirement even as nine strong banks will get Rs 35,828 crore. The eleven weak banks are currentlyundertheRBI’sPrompt Corrective Action (PCA), which kicks in when banks breach regulatory norms on issues such as minimum capital, amount of non-performing assets and return on assets. The central bank enforces these guidelines to ensure that banks do not go bust and follow prompt measures to put their house in order. IDBI Bank, which has a Gross Non Performing Assets (NPA) ratio of 24.98 per cent, will receive the highest capital infusion of Rs 10,610crore,followedbyBankof India getting Rs 9,232 crore and State Bank of India getting Rs 8,800crore.Thegovernmentsaid thathighercapitalforweakbanks isbeinggiventoensurethatthey meet “regulatory requirement” on minimum capital. When the original plan of injecting Rs 2.11 lakh crore capital was announced last October, officials,includingChief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian, had indicated that the government will follow a “selective and differential approach” wherein CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 UNDER RBI’S PROMPT CORRECTIVE ACTION Justice Revati MohiteDere of expression. She was hearing a writ petition filed by nine journalists, including from The Indian Express, against the special CBI court’s order passed on November 29, 2017, restraining the media from reporting on the ongoing trial. Justice Mohite-Dere held CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Bank IDBIBank BankofIndia UCOBank CentralBankofIndia IndianOverseasBank Amount(`Crore) 10,610 9,232 6,507 5,158 4,694 GROSSNPA 24.98% 12.60% 19.74% 17.27% 22.73% Source: Ministry of Finance, NPA data from stock exchanges 8 THEEDITORIAL PAGE Jaipur Facing the slowdown BY KAUSHIK BASU
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