LATE CITY, 22 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `3.00 ● THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE GOVT SCHOOLS IN 700 DISTS BUSINESS AS USUAL All districts are tested: math, language skills dip as kids grow BY UNNY 10 Girls show better learning than boys; rural schools perform better in math THE EDITORIAL PAGE RITIKA CHOPRA Budget for uncertain times NEW DELHI, JANUARY 31 BY SUNIL JAIN 11 THE IDEAS PAGE What the Budget must bring It must increase rural investment, rationalise GST, income and corporate taxes MORNING FM Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at his North Block office on the eve of the Union Budget, in New Delhi on Wednesday. Renuka Puri WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR IN THE BUDGET TODAY ● CHANGES IN ● CAPITAL GAINS INCOME-TAX AND CORPORATE TAX RATES TAX ON STOCK MARKET INVESTMENTS Bad food: NIA probed BSF man for ‘foreign contacts,’ found nothing ● CHANGES IN EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JANUARY 31 INSIDE ● GHANI, MODI DISCUSS TERROR HAVENS, P 13 ● KASGANJ DEATH: MAIN ACCUSED ARRESTED, P 12 BSF CONSTABLE Tej Bahadur Yadav, who was sacked last April after he posted video clips on social networking sites purportedly showing poor quality food being served to security forces personnel posted in frontier areas adjoining Pakistan, was probed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for possible “connection with foreign contacts”. The NIA looked at Yadav’s social media profiles as well as his First black money case against Catholic church, Cardinal under cloud Was sacked in April last year call detail records, but did not find anything. The NIA probe report is among the documents submitted by CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 5 GUJARAT SHAJU PHILIP A SCHEDULED meeting between four senior judges of the Supreme Court, who went public with their criticism against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, and the CJI did not materialise Wednesday with one of them Justice J Chelameswar on leave for the day. Sources meanwhile said the crisis after the January 12 press conference by Justices Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph remained unresolved. With Justice Chelameswar set to EXPRESS NETWORK ● SOHRABUDDIN CASE: ANOTHER WITNESS TURNS HOSTILE ● DISCUSSING CJI IMPEACHMENT PROPOSAL WITH PARTIES: SIBAL PAGE 8 be away on Thursday, too, this makes the prospect of the meeting unlikely till next week. Pehlu Khan’s lynching: Police charge all victims with cow smuggling DEEP MUKHERJEE Grave charges in probe report on land deal THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, JANUARY 31 A CHURCH panel probing land transactions in the archdiocese of Ernakulam has recommended action against Cardinal George Alencherry under Church and civil law for causing losses to the diocese. This is the first such recommendation — the case also involves black money — for the Catholic Church in India. Alencherry is among the Indian cardinals eligible to elect the Pope. The church panel report has been sent to Rome. Ernakulam archdiocese spokesman Father Paul Karedan admitted that the GOVERNMENT’S FISCAL DEFICIT TARGETS probe report contained grave charges against Alencherry and said the report would have reached the Pope by now. “We have sent the report to Rome via the Apostolic Nuncio ( Vatican representative) in Delhi,” Karedan said. Two others were also blamed for the land deal. Alencherry is head of the Kochi-based Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, one of the 22 JAIPUR, JANUARY 31 HARDIK PATEL MEETS GOVERNOR: EC ACTED WITH BIAS, GOVT HARASSING PAAS ● Mevani backs Kalyannagar families, Page 7 ● Warehouse gutted in Rajkot, Page 4 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A SECOND chargesheet following the death of Haryana dairy farmer Pehlu Khan, names two of his companions as accused and concludes that all three had indulged in ‘cow smuggling’ under state laws. The chargesheet was filed by Alwar police in the court of the Behror additional chief judicial magistrate on January 24. Following Khan’s lynching on April 1, police had registered two cases — one against Khan’s assailants for murder and another against Khan and his companions for ‘indulging in cow smuggling’. A video grab of the attack The police had charged nine men with the murder of Khan after identifying them from video footage of the lynching. The case is being tried in the court, but another investigation in September last year had cleared six others who Khan named in the FIR as his assailants. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR IN SANAND, A WATER DIVIDE: FARMERS WAIT FOR CANAL TO FILL, INDUSTRIES HAVE BRIMMING TANKS AVINASH NAIR SANAND (GUJARAT), JANUARY 31 THE HIGHWAY, which cuts across Sanand, not only divides farmlands from the industrial clusters on its two sides but also the haves and have-nots of Narmada water. Following the Gujarat government’s decision to ration water from Narmada, farmers are getting water to irrigate their Rabi crops only once every four days. In sharp contrast, over 160 large and small manufacturing units, lying on the other side of the highway that links Viramgam and Ahmedabad, get NARMADA RATIONING THE LIFELINE AN EXPRESS SERIES round-the-clock supply of 8.3 million litres per day (MLD) of Narmada water. Struggling to irrigate his wheat crop, 56-year-old Hariji Thakor scales down to the base of an almost empty canal, which supplies water from the Narmada Main Canal to Sanand — located about 40 km from Ahmedabad city — and its surrounding areas. “We have not received a sin- Motor pumps, though declared illegal by the government, line up along the canal but remain idle, in Sanand. Avinash Nair gle drop of water for the last three days. I have to irrigate two bighas of wheat and I am trying 15 EXPLAINED No CJI meeting held, judges propose roster reform panel SOFI AHSAN CHANDIGARH, JANUARY 31 ● ADHERENCE TO THE DIVIDEND DISTRIBUTION TAX to position my diesel pump in such a way that I can draw out whatever little water is left in the canal,” says Hariji, a resident of Sakalpura village who stands in ankle deep stagnant water, part of which is covered in muddy sludge. “I will be able to run this pump, only for a few minutes. But it will help moisten the soil till the water comes in a day or two,” he says. The desperation in his voice is palpable while he connects the pump to rubber pipes to channelise water, whatever is left, to his farmland located just few metres away from the canal. TRIBALS DEMAND WATER, GOVT SAYS NO PAGE 3 Sources said that at the previous meeting, held last week, the moot point under discussion was a proposal from the Chief Justice that all five judges must come out together publicly and state that all issues were now being resolved. Sources say the four judges declined to do so until they saw visible and tangible progress on “issues” raised by them, and “as promised by the Chief Justice.” The four judges who raised concerns over the allocation of cases are learnt to have proposed the setting up of a committee comprising judges who would be Chief Justices in the future to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 LEARNING LEVELS in mathematics and language show a progressive decline from lower to higher grades in the government school system, even as the country inches closer to achieving the target of universal enrolment for six-14 year olds, according to the Centre’s first nationwide assessment of educational outcomes. According to results of the National Achievement Survey (NAS), released by the HRD Ministry last month, an average of 67.7 per cent of Class 3 students have performed well in language. This rate, however, drops to 58.4 per cent in Class 5 and 56.7 per cent in Class 8. The drop in overall learning levels in mathematics is even sharper. In Class 3, it stands at 64.3 per cent and falls significantly, almost by 10 percentage points, to 54.14 per cent in Class 5. It is the lowest in Class 8 at 42 per cent. For now, the HRD ministry has only released district-wise report cards from the survey, which covers 2.2 million students from 1.1 lakh schools across 700 districts. However, according to official sources, a preliminary analysis of the results shows that female students demonstrated better learning than males. 16 WORLD 2.2 million children across country were tested For instance, in mathematics, 64.4 per cent of female students in Class 3 performed well, compared to 64.1 per cent male students. In Class 5, the success rate of girls in the same subject was 54.32 per cent and boys 53.94 per cent. As for Class 8, 42.3 per cent of girls answered questions correctly, compared to 41.8 per cent boys. Another interesting revelation was that students of government and government-aided schools in rural areas performed better than their counterparts in urban schools in mathematics, across all three grades. The finding is contrary to the perception that the quality of education in urban areas is superior to that in rural areas. Among social groups, OBC students in most classes performed better than their CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 IN FIRST STATE OF UNION ADDRESS, TRUMP PUSHES IMMIGRATION REFORMS YEMEN REBELS CAPTURE ADEN
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