TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, JAIPUR, `4.00 ● TUESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE ECONOMIC SURVEY CALLS FOR POLICY VIGILANCE Uptick in growth but pause likely in fiscal consolidation, says Govt EXPRESS NETWORK ● AJMER, ALWAR RECORD OVER 63%, TURNOUT, MANDALGARH 78%, P 3 ● PADMAAVAT BANNED IN MALAYSIA, P 5 Violence in the name of cow: SC sends notice to 3 states over contempt plea EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JANUARY 29 THESUPREMECourtMondayissued notice to the governments of Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh on a plea seeking contemptproceedingsagainstthem fornotfollowingitsordertoprevent violence perpetrated in the guise of protecting the cow. Considering a plea by Tushar Gandhi, great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, a bench of Chief Justiceof IndiaDipakMisra andJusticesAMKhanwilkarand D Y Chandrachud asked the threestatestofiletheirrepliesby April 3. The bench said it would hear the contempt plea along with the main writ petition filed by Gandhi earlier. Senior Advocate Indira Jaising, who appeared for Gandhi, contended that violent incidents were still being witnessed in various parts of these states despite the court’s order last September to take adequate security measures. On September 6, 2017, the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Bond markets take a hit over concerns Budget may widen fiscal deficit target BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NEW DELHI, JANUARY 29 EVENASitprojectedanuptickin growth rate in financial year 2018-19, the Economic Survey presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Parliament Monday, two days before the presentation of the Union Budget, hinted at the government taking a “pause” at fiscal consolidation and possible slippage in the target this fiscal, relative to the previously announced fiscal deficit targets. The statement forced bond yields to extend the hardening trendseenovertherecentweeks. Raising concerns over “elevated levels”scaledbystockmarketsin recent months, the Survey also advocated some “policy vigilance” as being necessary in the comingyear,whichcomesinthe backdropof risingspeculationin the market that the government may either introduce long-term capitalgainstaxonequitiesorincrease the holding period for claim of such benefits. Taking note of the fiscal developments, the Survey noted, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DEHI, JANUARY 29 THEECONOMICSurveypresents the first ever estimate of the number of ‘unwanted’ girls in India — girls whose parents wanted a boy but had a girl instead — at 21 million. Thenumberhasbeenarrived NEW DELHI, JANUARY 29 Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Shashi Tharoor (Cong), Farooq Abdullah (NC), Derek O’Brien (TMC) at a lunch hosted by Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal in New Delhi Monday. Renuka Puri Five states show the way with 70% of exports, enjoy higher standard of living ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NEW DELHI, JANUARY 29 THE ECONOMIC Survey 2017-18 hasbroughtoutthesharpdisparity among states on inter-state andinternationaltrade,withjust five — Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Telangana — accounting for 70 at by looking at the sex ratio of the last child (SRLC) which is heavilymale-skewed,indicating that parents keep having children until they get the desired number of sons. The Survey points out that the huge number of ‘unwanted girls’ (in the 0-25 age group in the population currently) is a direct outcome of the ‘son meta 7 WORLD WAITING FOR BUDGET 2018-19 ITWEETFROM BED:TRUMP preference’ where parents do not stop having children after having a daughter. The idea is based on a bunch of papers published in 2017 by development economist Seema Jayachandran of Northwestern University. While the ‘son meta preference’ does not lead to sexselective abortion, the Survey MAULSHREE SETH, ANIRUDDHA GHOSAL & ABHISHEK ANGAD LUCKNOW, KASGANJ, JANUARY 29 LEAVINGTHEBJPgovernmentin UP red-faced, Governor Ram Naik described the communal violence triggered by an unauthorised Republic Day rally in Kasganj as a “matter of shame” and a “blot” on the state. Within hours of the Governor’s remarks in Lucknow, the state government transferred Kasganj SP Sunil Kumar Singh to the police training school in Meerut. In Kasganj, no further incidents of violence were reported with police having arrested 31 persons and detained82otherssofarduringthe course of investigations. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 11 AFGHAN SOLDIERS KILLED IN ISLAMIC STATE ATTACK IN KABUL 9 THEIDEASPAGE Prescription for the doctor NMC Bill proposes revamp of regulatory body, needs finetuning CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ECONOMIC SURVEY ● NOTE BAN, GST LED TO SURGE IN TAXPAYERS, P 10 ● TAX DEPT IS INDIA’S LARGEST LITIGANT, P 11 ● FARM: CLIMATE CHANGE TO HIT INCOME, P 12 THE NATIONAL Investigation Agency (NIA) chargesheet into stonepeltingandterrorfinancing in Jammu and Kashmir, will include the role of a Pakistan High Commission official in funding separatistsandhasestimatedthe flow of at least Rs 200 crore into the valley to fuel protests and stone pelting, it is learnt. The NIA on January 19 had filed a 12,794-page chargesheet against 12 people including Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) chief Syed Salahuddin and top rung separatist leaders. The court is likely to take cognisance of the chargesheet on Tuesday. Sources said the chargesheet has included evidence against the Pakistan High Commission. Ministry of Home Ministry (MHA) sources said that an officer of the rank of First Secretary has been identified. “The Pakistan high commission official allegedly acted with Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Ahmed Watali to facilitate funds to top Hurriyat leadership,” sourcessaid.Wataliwasarrested by the NIA and is among the 12 chargesheeted.Heispresentlyin judicial custody. The NIA was tasked with investigatingstonepeltingandterror financing in Jammu and Kashmir, following the killing of HMcommanderBurhanWaniin 2016. AccordingtoanMHAofficial, “Investigations have delved into secessionist activities in Jammu and Kashmir, the close nexus CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR 25 YEARS AFTER BABRI, GOVERNOR KALYAN SINGH READS THE SCRIPTURES, PREACHES TOLERANCE HAMZA KHAN JAIPUR, JANUARY 29 RAJASTHAN GOVERNOR Kalyan Singh says he has been studying scripturesof allreligions,andhas come to the conclusion that “thereshouldn’tbeintolerance”. Singh, who took over as Governor in September 2014, told The Indian Express he has been reading the “Rig Veda, Bhagavad Gita, Mahabharata, Quran, Bible, Satyarth Prakash, and Guru Granth Sahib” in his spare time, and feels that “every philosophy in the world has something good to say. No religion has space for hatred.” Tolerance, along with economicdemocracyandsocialjustice, were the “pran tatva (life blood) of democracy”, he added. “My thoughts may not match yours, but I will respect your thoughts,” he said. Rajasthan has been swept by protests for the past few months over the film Padmaavat. With the state government also expressingitsreservations,thefilm could not find a release in Rajasthan despite Censor board Iwillrespectyourthoughts,saysKalyanSingh From hope to realism, a tale of 4 surveys SHAJI VIKRAMAN & RAVISH TIWARI NEW DELHI, JANUARY 29 FROM EXUBERANT optimism and ambitious ideals to a more grounded reality — it has been an eventful four years for the Economic Survey and its primary author. What used to be a drab tome that didn’t excite or seek to engage with the discerning observer of the Indian economy got a makeover when, first, Kaushik Basu and, then, Raghuram Rajan became Chief Economic Advisers. But under ArvindSubramanian,thesurvey waselevatedtoanaltogetherdifferent level as it introduced new concepts such as “Twin Balance Sheet (TBS) problem” and the “JAM agenda” to describe both threats and opportunities in the Indian policymaking arena. TBS was a reference to stressed assets as reflected in balance sheets of banks and corporates, JAM an acronym for Jan Dhan, Aadhaar and Mobile as digital platforms for more efficient service-delivery. Yet, the hope manifest in Subramanian’s first survey CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Terror fund chargesheet: NIA names Pak mission official, highlights role NEW DELHI, JANUARY 29 Kasganj was peaceful on Monday. Praveen Khanna per cent of India’s total exports. The survey has for the first time included data on internationalexportsofstatesandasserts that they indicate a strong correlation between export performance and the standard of living. Statesthatexportinternationally and trade with other states have been found to be richer. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RAHUL TRIPATHI Kasganj a blot, UP’s shame, says Governor Ram Naik President in House, PM outside: Time for simultaneous polls EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 21 million is the number of girls parents did not want: first such national data SHALINI NAIR President Kovind, Prime Minister Modi, Speaker Mahajan and Minister Ananth Kumar on Monday. Neeraj Priyadarshi clearance. Singh said, “Bhale hi hum kisi ke vichar se sehmat na hon, lekin usko tolerate karne ki kshamta chahiye. Bhale hi uski vichardhara ko apni vichardhara ke tarkon se kaat de, lekin intolerance nahin chahiye (Even though we may not agree with someone’s thoughts, but we should have thecapacitytotoleratethem.We maycountertheirideaswithour own ideas, but there shouldn’t be intolerance).” Singh’s office said that after the Governor has finished CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 IN HIS first address to Parliament, President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday marked the beginning of the Budget session by making a strong pitch for simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state assemblies, while expressing hope that the triple talaq Bill would be passed this time. Kovind’s remarks echoed 8 THEEDITORIAL PAGE Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comments outside Parliament, whereheissuedanappealtopolitical parties to “join hands” in passing the Bill so that “Muslim women will get their rights”. Later, Modi advocated simultaneous polls during a meeting of NDA allies. In his address, Kovind said: “Citizensalivetothestateof governance in the country are concerned about the frequent elections in one part of the country CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Why Mahatma felt homeless in India BY VINAY LAL A-G to Govt: Bofors SLP bad idea, may be rejected ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, JANUARY 29 ATTORNEY GENERAL K K Venugopal has advised the government that the CBI should not file a special leave petition (SLP) before the Supreme Court in a case related to the Bofors scandal as it is likely to be dismissed on grounds of delay and “could well prejudice its stand even as a respondent in the appeals already pending”. It will be better, the Attorney General has said, if the CBI remains a respondent and pres- ents its stand. 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