LATECITY, 24 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `3.00 ● FRIDAY, JANUARY 26, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA The Indian Express wishes its readers a happy REPUBLIC DAY. We are closed today. There will be no edition of the newspaper on Saturday, January 27, 2018. 17 WORLD HIS FIRST REPUBLIC DAY ADDRESS President speaks: Disagree without mocking dignity, respect neighbour’s space and rights Institutions always more important than individuals located there: Kovind BARCELONA CELL OF ISIS MAY HAVE HAD SIGHTS SET ON EIFFEL TOWER TRUMP SAYS READY FOR QUESTIONING ON RUSSIA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE BY UNNY NEW DELHI, JANUARY 25 Orders go out to schools in 3 dists of 2 states: Don’t play film’s song CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 12 THE EDITORIAL PAGE January 26 A film in fear, kids huddled in a bus, these images tell a few stories this Republic Day The mob was protesting the film’s release when they stoned a G D Goenka World School bus as students — ranging from nursery to class XII — huddled on the floor inside. Before that, demonstrators had set fire to a Haryana RELATED REPORTS PAGES 3 & 14 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Securitymen outside Delite Cinema in New Delhi. Amit Mehra Stoning schoolbus: In village of 18 accused, questions hit a wall of denial ABHINAV RAJPUT & ABHISHEK ANGAD BHONDSI, JANUARY 25 THE PANCHAYAT office in Bhondsi village can only discuss Wednesday’s mob attack on a school bus with children. All the suspects apprehended or arrested a day later are from this Rajput-dominated village and while village elders condemned the violence, many still insist Padmaavatshould not have been released. GOVT & POLITICS PADMA VIBHUSHAN FOR ILAIYARAAJA, GHULAM MUSTAFA KHAN AND P PARAMESWARAN RSS chief: Caste in politics because voting is on caste EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, JANUARY 25 SOLIDARITY Prime Minister Modi with ASEAN leaders at Rashtrapati Bhavan Thursday. PTI REPORT, P 8 ● IAF COMMANDO KILLED IN J&K GETS ASHOK CHAKRA, PAGE 10 NEW DELHI, JANUARY 25 UNABLE TO ban the release of Padmaavat in Gujarat and Rajasthan where fearful multiplex owners are not screening the film, authorities in at least three districts of the two states have instructed schools not to play the Ghoomar song from the film during Republic Day celebrations. In their circulars, district primary education officers of Mahisagar and Bhavnagar have underlined the “social and cultural controversy surrounding the film Padmaavat in the state” while the Udaipur additional EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AHMEDABAD, JAIPUR JANUARY 25 also respect their “fraternal relationship” with other institutions, he added. The President’s remarks assume significance amid the AANCHAL MAGAZINE THE GOODS and Services Tax (GST) revenue collections in December marked a rebound to touch Rs 86,703 crore (till January 24), reversing the sliding trend of last two months, the Ministry of Finance said in a statement on Thursday. Though the December collections still remained 4.7 per cent below the monthly target of Rs 91,000 crore and 7.8 per cent lower than Rs 94,063 crore collected for July (as on August 31), the rise in GST revenue assumes significance as it was for the first full month after the rate cut on over 200 items, effective from November 15. The rise in GST mop-up for December is expected to bring some relief for the government’s finances on the indirect tax front. The numbers could offer a pointer to the collections under the new indirect tax regime Remarks come amid standoff in the highest court LIZ MATHEW A DAY after violent protests rocked the country against the screening of a film, including an attack on a Gurgaon school bus with children on board, President Ram Nath Kovind weighed in on Thursday calling for a “civic-minded” society where one can disagree without “mocking” the other’s dignity, a social contract where neighbours respect each other’s “space, privacy and rights.” In his first Republic Day-eve address to the nation, the President struck another timely chord when he underlined the need for institutions to be “disciplined and morally upright” adding they are always “more important” than individuals in office. The institutions should BUSINESS AS USUAL After rate cut and dip in two months, GST collections up in December RSS CHIEF Mohan Bhagwat Thursday said that politicians are compelled to resort to caste politics because votes are cast in India based on caste. Speaking at conference on “Nationalism and Ethical Practices in Business” at the Bombay Stock Exchange, Bhagwat said, “Samaj mein ethical practices ki jitni aadat hai, utni politics mein reflect hoti hai... Udhaharan ke liye, jaat-paat ki rajneeti mujhe nahi karna, aisa mein sochke bhi jata hoon lekin samaj toh jaat-paat par vote deta hai, toh mujhe karni hi padti hai. Mujhe wahan tikna hai, tabhi toh mein parivartan laoonga... toh samaj parivartan se rajneetik vyavastha mein parivartan hota hai, ulta CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 4 GUJARAT ● Mevani to do a cameo in Ranjith’s next Tamil movie
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