There’s a new force on Uttar Pradesh’s roads — a troop of women bus conductors, crisscrossing the state as they learn to stare down bullies, deal with harassment and enjoy the drive AHMEDABAD,LATE CITY JANUARY 28, 2018 20+6 (EYE) PAGES, ` 5.00 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM EXPLOSIVE-LADEN VEHICLE DETONATED ON BUSY STREET Ambulance bomb kills 95 in Kabul, Taliban claim attack MUJIB MASHAL & JAWAD SUKHANYAR KABUL, JANUARY 27 SUNDAY STORY PAGE 9 The Challenger A BOMB placed in an ambulance set off a huge explosion on a busy Kabul street on Saturday, killing at least 95 people and injuring at least 158 others, Afghan officials said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which came days after a 15-hour siege by the militants at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul left 22 dead, including 14 foreigners. The explosion occurred on a guarded street that leads to an old Interior Ministry building and several embassies, officials Padmaavat threat: Censor Board chief skips Lit Fest An injured boy inside an ambulance at the blast site in Kabul on Saturday. Reuters FULL COVERAGE, PAGE 15 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Two protesters killed in army firing: J&K police EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE JAIPUR, JANUARY 27 DAYS AFTER the Karni Sena, protesting over the release of Padmaavat, warned that Censor Board chief Prasoon Joshi would not be allowed to enter Rajasthan for the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF), the poetlyricist on Saturday said he had decided to skip the event to avoid “discomfort” to the organisers and “fellow writers”. “(I) will not be attending JLF this year and must say will miss sharing great moments with lit- ‘To avoid causing discomfort to organisers’ said. Many ministry departments still have offices there, and visitors line up every day for routine business. “I saw a flame that blinded my eyes, then I went unconscious,” said Nazeer Ahmad, 45, who was wounded in the head. “When I opened my eyes, I saw bodies lying on the ground.” “It’s a massacre,” said Dejan Panic, the coordinator in Afghanistan for the Italian aid group Emergency, which runs a nearby trauma hospital. At least 70 people were brought to the group’s Kabul hospital. An uptick in violence across the country, particularly an increase in deadly attacks in urban BASHAARAT MASOOD HRD Ministry rejects IIM-B’s suggestions for chairperson post SRINAGAR, JANUARY 27 RITIKA CHOPRA erature and poetry lovers. I am doing this so that the dignity of the event does not get compromised or discomfort caused either to the organisers, fellow writers or the attendees. And also so that the lovers of literature get to focus on creativity and not controversy,” Joshi said in a statement released TWO YOUTHS were killed and one critically injured when army personnel opened fire on protesters in Shopian, police said on Saturday. While police have registered a case of murder against the army, the state government has ordered a magisterial probe into the incident. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Shopian, Shriram Ambarkar Dinkar said the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, JANUARY 27 THE HRD Ministry has refused to appoint IIM Bangalore’s next chairman from the names suggested by the institute, The Sunday Express has learnt. The search-cum-selection committee (ScSC) of IIM Bangalore, headed by co-founder of Sabre Partners, Rajiv Maliwal, had recommended names of Vinita Bali, former managing di- rector of Britannia industries, renowned cardiac surgeon Dr Devi Shetty and Vikram Kirloskar, non-executive director on the board of Kirloskar Brothers, for the post of chairman of the Board of Governors (BoG). IIM Bangalore director G Raghuram confirmed that the government has sought a fresh panel of finalists. When asked if the government had given any reasons for finding all three candidates unsuitable for the job, he CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Fresh violence in UP: Shops, cars burnt after cremation CM calls up MP at funeral, crowd seeks govt job, compensation ABHISHEK ANGAD KASGANJ, JANUARY 27 IN FRESH violence in Kasganj town of Uttar Pradesh, a day after a man was killed and another injured in a communal clash, a mob set ablaze about 10 shops, vehicles and a makeshift house on Saturday. A top police officer said that violence started around 11 am, about an hour after Abhishek Gupta, 22, who was killed in firing between two groups during an unauthorised rally to mark Republic Day on Friday, was cremated. Today’s violence was in retaliation to Gupta’s death, police said, and most of the property targeted, including cars and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Security forces patrol Kasganj town, Saturday. Praveen Khanna Both sides had Tricolour, fight was over right of way ABHISHEK ANGAD KASGANJ, JANUARY 27 MINUTES BEFORE an unauthorised “Tiranga Yatra” on motorcycles entered Baddu Nagar in Kasganj, triggering a communal clash, residents of the Muslimdominated locality had arranged chairs on the road and were getting ready to hoist the Tricolour on Republic Day, senior police officers and witnesses told The Sunday Express. Members of the bike rally, however, demanded that the chairs be removed and a path cleared for them to move on, residents said. “They were shouting slogans, we requested them to let our celebrations finish first. But they were adamant and did CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ANOTHER REPORT PAGE 6 After wonder win at Wanderers, Kohli: had belief, now have result SANDEEP DWIVEDI JOHANNESBURG, JANUARY 27 THE TELEVISION producer was waving his hands wildly at the Indian dressing room, hoping to catch someone’s attention. The trophies were ready, Shaun Pollock had the mike in his hand and the VIPs were vacantly CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 India celebrate after winning the third Test against South Africa in Johannesburg, Saturday. AP MORE REPORTS, PAGE 18
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