TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 22 PAGES, KOLKATA `4.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) ● 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 Bond markets take a hit over concerns Budget may widen fiscal deficit target BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU ● Make ‘ideological compromise’ to beat BJP, says Mevani PAGE 7 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 for not following its order to prevent 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 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 KOLKATA, 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 12 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. 11 AFGHAN SOLDIERS KILLED IN ISLAMIC STATE ATTACK IN KABUL 11 THEIDEASPAGE Prescription for the doctor NMC Bill proposes revamp of regulatory body, needs finetuning CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ECONOMIC SURVEY ● NOTE BAN, GST LED TO SURGE IN TAXPAYERS, P 13 ● TAX DEPT IS INDIA’S LARGEST LITIGANT, P 14 ● FARM: CLIMATE CHANGE TO HIT INCOME, P 15 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 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 Arvind Subramanian, the survey 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 Murshidabad: At least 36 dead as bus falls into canal EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 21 million is the number of girls parents did not want: first such national data SHALINI NAIR The bus being lifted out of the canal in Murshidabad. Express 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 10 THEEDITORIAL PAGE Why Mahatma felt homeless in India BY VINAY LAL 4 WESTBENGAL ● CM inaugurates scheme to help fund ‘five lakh houses’ in rural areas of Bengal AT LEAST 36 people, including twochildren,diedafteraMaldabound bus crashed through the railing of the Balighat bridge and fell into a canal in Murshidabad at around 6 am on Monday. Police sources said around 10 passengers were still missing, while 10 survivors had been admitted in Murshidabad Medical College. Alleging a delay in rescueoperations,angrylocalresidentsset a police vehicle on fire and vandalisedtwoothers.Policelobbed tear gas shells and resorted to lathicharge to control the situation. A PTI report said local residents also damaged a fire tender when fire brigade personnel reachedthespottodousethevehicle on fire. The bus, which had 56 people on board, was headed to Malda from Karimpur in Nadia. Sources said it was operated by the Berhampore municipality. Late evening, four cranes lifted the bus out of the Gobraghat canal. “Thirty-six bodies were brought out. We have wound up the rescue operation for the time being, but another search will be carried out tomorrow,” Murshidabad SP Mukesh Kumar told The Indian Express. Additional Chief Secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay, who is in Murshidabad,confirmedthetoll while speaking to this newspaper. Police said the process of identifying the bodies was underwayatMurshidabadMedical College morgue. The rescue operation, undertaken by police and NDRF officials, went on till late evening, with the teams using boats to ferry the survivors. Terming the incident as “sad”, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia for the families of the deceased. The state government has also announced Rs 50,000 for those with minor injuries and Rs 1 lakh for those with critical injuries. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 President in House, PM outside: Time for simultaneous polls EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JANUARY 29 INHISfirstaddresstoParliament, 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 Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comments outside Parliament, whereheissuedanappealtopoliticalpartiesto“joinhands”inpassingtheBillso“Muslimwomenwill gettheirrights”.Later,Modiadvocatedsimultaneouspollsduringa meetingof NDAallies. 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 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. In a letter to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Venugopal said that 12 years have passed since the May 31, 2005 order of the Delhi High Court, quashing corruption charges against the three Hinduja brothers in the scandal related to the purchase of 155 mm howitzers from Swedish arms manufacturer AB Bofors. Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi,oneof theaccusedinthe case, was given a clean chit by the Delhi High Court in February 2004. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR 25 YEARS AFTER BABRI, GOVERNOR KALYAN SINGH 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.” Iwillrespectyourthoughts,saysKalyanSingh 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 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 theGovernorhasfinishedstudying the scriptures, the conclusions derived by him will be collated to “provide benefit to the society, state and nation”. Singh is most known for being the chief minister in whose term the Babri Masjid was demolished in Uttar Pradesh. The Liberhan Commission that probed the demolition had severely indicted his role. Elaborating on what he had learntfromthescriptures,Singh, who just celebrated his 86th birthday, said peace could be established in the world by broad- ening perspective through such study, and through democracy, which “essentially” promotes tolerance. “I want to study all of them (scriptures) so that our perspectiveisnotekaangi(one-sided),so that we know about all (religions) and what is the philosophy of a particular school of thought,” said Singh, showing the religious texts on his table. “My words are a result of these texts.” “Koi dhaarna banane se pehle, mera apna manana ye hai ki logon ko bahut vyapak study karna chhaiye. Aur usme se jo bhi shrestha hai, woh grahan karna chahiye. Sahi arthon mein, ye duniyameshantisthaphithosakti hai, nafrat dur ho sakti hai, ek doosre ko samajhne ki shakti aa sakti hai, aur kul milakar life ko dekhne ka drishtikon, ye narrow nahin kar ke, wide ho jayega (Before forming an opinion, it is mybelief thatpeopleshouldundertake a broad study, and acquire the belief they consider best. In true words, peace can be established in the world, hatred can be removed and we can acquire the power to understand eachother.Allinall,ourperspective will widen),” he said. Praising democracy, Singh said, “It is the best form of governance, in spite of the fact that there are certain discrepancies... Democracy, essentially, promotes tolerance.” Adding that he has always liked literature — “I studied English, Sanskrit and Hindi literature for graduation” — and had been a teacher before joining politics, Singh said, “I like keeping busy... I studied earlier too, but I started systematic and regular study once I arrived here.” According to his office, he studiesreligioustextsbetween6 amand12nooneveryday,along with reading the newspapers and watching television news. Then, after some meetings and a meal, he takes a nap, before going back to the books again, roughly from 3.30 pm to 7 pm.
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