TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18+4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, PUNE, `4.00 ● MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE CEASEFIRE VIOLATION Four soldiers killed in Pak shelling Captain among dead in Rajouri district, 5 injured; schools in border areas closed for three days ARUN SHARMA & SUSHANT SINGH JAMMU, NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 4 AN ARMY Captain and three jawans were killed in a ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Bhimber Gali sector of Rajouri district on Sunday afternoon. Army sources said the Pakistanitroopsusedindirectfiring weapons of higher calibre, which means either anti-tank missilesorartilleryguns.Theuse Maharashtra set to post worst ever deficit figures SANDEEP ASHAR MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 4 IN A fresh warning that Maharashtra’s fiscal outlook is worsening, latest official data released by the accountant general has projected the state’s revenue deficitforthefiscalendingMarch 2018tocrosstheRs60,000-crore mark at the current rate. It has also estimated that the fiscal deficit — the difference between the government’s expenditureandrevenues—mayswell toRs98,725crorebytheyear-end at current rates. Evenasstate’sfiscalmanagers said several steps had been initiatedtocontainthedeficittomanageable levels by the year-end, most of them admitted Maharashtra was staring at its worst everdeficitinabsoluteterms. At the start of the financial year, the government had budgeted to contain the revenue deficit for 2017-18 to Rs 4,511 crore, and the fiscal deficit to Rs 35,031crore.Butithadn’tfactored in the impact of the farm loan waiver scheme, which was announcedinthemonthofJuneand is expected to cost the state exchequer Rs 25,000 crore. While the norms of the Centre’s Fourteenth Finance Commission require states to maintain a revenue surplus position, Maharashtra has consistently missed the target since 2013-14. However, while admitting that the state will miss the budget targets set at the start of the year, senior officials CONTINUED ON PAGE 7 11 THEIDEASPAGE A poverty of ideas Budget 2018 was littered with promises, silent on resources. There was no boldness, little imagination BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY ofsmallarms,sourcessaid,would not lead to such high casualties. The dead officer and jawans of 15 JAKLI Battalion of 25 Infantry Division have been identified as Captain Kapil Kundu, 23, of Ransika village in Pataudi tehsil of Haryana, Havildar Roshan Lal, 43, of Samba district in J&K, Rifleman Ram Avtar, 28, of Baraka village in Gwalior, and Rifleman Shubam Singh, 23, of Kathua district in J&K. According to Army sources, the incident occurred at around 3.30 pm. A jawan, Lance Naik across the border. Sources said another soldier was injured along the LoC in Shahpur area of Poonch district. Twochildren,GulnazBegum,15, and Yasir Arif, 6, were also injured in Poonch district. According to sources, the shelling on Sunday started in Shahpur area of Poonch district around 11.15 am, spreading to Balakote sector in Mendhar and Manjakote in Rajouri district by 3.30 pm. An Army spokesperson said the Indian troops were retaliating strongly and effectively, “in- flicting heavy damage on Pakistani posts”. “The martyrdom of Indian Army soldiers will not go in vain, and the Pakistani Army will be given a befitting response,” the spokesperson said. Ceasefire violations are at an all-timehighthisyear.According to sources, there have been over 160 ceasefire violations along the LoC since the beginning of the year. There were 860 ceasefire violations along the LoC last year, including 147 in December. Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP’s Karnataka leaders B S Yeddyurappa and S M Krishna in Bengaluru, Sunday. PTI In Karnataka, Modi says his govt’s TOP priority is Tomato, Disrupt House, put pressure on Amarnath yatra attack: Onion and Potato Centre, BJP ally TDP tells MPs How phone call on bike Shelling began in Poonch (above), spread to Rajouri Iqbal Ahmed, and a BSF SubInspector were also injured in the heavy mortar shelling from breakdown cracked case SREENIVAS JANYALA HYDERABAD, FEBRUARY 4 SAYING THAT it would “take up the alliance issue at a later date”, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), an ally of the ruling BJP at the Centre, on Sunday decided to step up pressure on the Narendra Modi government by “disrupting Parliament”. While TDP MPs and leaders expressed their displeasure over the Union Budget 2018-19 at a party meeting in Amaravati, party president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is learnt to have appealed for calm and restrained them from making any adverse comments. Earlier, soon after the Budget was presented in Parliament, Naidu expressed his displeasure at a Cabinet meeting on Thursday. “I am sticking to the coalition dharma and keeping CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TUSSLE OVER GUNTUR CAMPUS, PAGE 6 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 4 Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu with party leaders at the meeting in Amaravati on Sunday. Express It’s not just TDP, Sena and Akalis start getting a little restive too EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, CHANDIGARH, MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 4 WITH THE Lok Sabha elections coming up next year, or possibly even earlier, the TDP is the latest to join an increasing number of NDA partners who have started raising their voice against what they claim is the uncaring attitude of the BJP. AfterTDPaccusedthecentral government of not giving Andhra Pradesh its due in the Union Budget, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said: “There seemstobesomekindof unhappiness, we will talk it out. TDP is an old ally of BJP, we will talk it out with them and tell them we arecommittedtotheinterestsof Andhra Pradesh.” The TDP’s anger comes 10 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A SEEMINGLY innocuous phone conversation regarding the breakdown of a motorcycle, recorded by the J&K Police a day before the attack on Amarnath yatris in July last year, provided thefirstclueincrackingthecase. This was revealed by Superintendent of Police Tahir Ashraf, who led the Special Investigation Team (SIT) set up by the J&K Police to probe the attack. On July 10 last year, a group of unidentified gunmen opened fire at a bus of Amarnath yatris at Botengoo, Anantnag on the Srinagar-Jammuhighway,killing seven persons and injuring 20 others. The attack was unusual because militants hadn’t targeted the Amarnath yatra for over 15 years. Lastweek,theJ&KPolicefiled a chargesheet against 11 people, including a juvenile, in the case. “When we began the inves- As his term No 4 ends, Tripura CM asks if Left doesn’t count, why is it headache for BJP now? DECISION 2018 ESHA ROY AGARTALA, FEBRUARY 4 FOR THE last 11 days, Chief Minister Manik Sarkar has been traversing the length and breadthof Tripura,oneof thelast remaining bastions of Communist power in the country. With Tripura going to polls onFebruary18,Sarkarwillbeattending 43 meetings more. But despitethepackedschedule,the 69-year-old doesn’t miss his evening meetings at the CPI(M) headquarters in the heart of Agartala, every day, discussing CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Seven persons were killed in attack on July 10, 2017 tigation, it was a blind case. We started collecting evidence from the spot, spoke to survivors, especially the bus driver, but there was no lead,’’ recalled Ashraf. “We hadn’t heard any chatter and there was nothing that pointed to the identity of the attackers.” He said his team then focused on “technical evidence”. “We found a cellphone tower close to the spot, and sought the tower dump (details of calls made through the tower) for the day of the attack. It was massive. We would have needed 500 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 14 WORLD CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Manik Sarkar, wife Panchali at home in Agartala. Esha Roy BENGALURU, FEBRUARY 4 WITH KARNATAKA on election mode, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Sunday that farmers producing vegetables and fruits will be given top priority by his government through the Operation Greens scheme announced in the Union Budget last week. Modi also rolled out a new acronym to match the promise: TOP — Tomato, Onion, Potato. Speaking at a pre-election rally, Modi said: “Even farmers producing fruits and vegetables are important to us. They have 10 THEEDITORIAL PAGE WEINSTEIN FORCED HIMSELFONME: UMATHURMAN MALDIVES SUPREME COURT SEEKS TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT ABDULLA YAMEEN top priority. If you go to any corner of India, you will find three vegetables — tomato, onion and potato. That is why I call it top priority — the T of tomato, the O of Onion and the P of potato — TOP priority. Keeping these farmers in my mind, we announced Operation Greens in the Budget. Like how Amul is a model in the milk sector for enhancing the income of dairy farmers, Operation Greens will assure incomes for tomato, onion, potato... and all vegetable farmers.” The Prime Minister also referred to “reform, perform, transform” while talking about CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In new era, an old Budget BY VIKRAM S MEHTA Chunk of NIA evidence in J&K terror fund case from websites, YouTube ABHISHEK ANGAD & DEEPTIMAN TIWARY TRIPURA issues related to the state or politics in general. Much has been written about Sarkar over the years and especially the past few weeks. How he is the country’s poorest chief minister. How he or his wife own no properties or cars. Howhedonateshisentiresalary EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 4 SIX MONTHS ago, when the National Investigation Agency (NIA) registered a case of alleged terror funding against 12 accused,includingKashmiriseparatists,itclaimedthattheywere receiving funds from Pakistanbased outfits such as Lashkar-eTaiba and Hizbul Mujahideen. And, it claimed, they had close links with LeT chief Hafiz Saeed and Hizb leader Syed Salahuddin. However, its 1,200-page chargesheet shows the agency has relied heavily on “open source” information on the accused, which is generally avail- able in the public domain, to press its charges: participation infunerals,aletterwrittenbythe Pakistan prime minister, their history of militancy, raising of Pakistan flags and ISIS posters during protests, calls for financial help to families of slain terrorists, and pictures with membersof proscribedorganisations. On Friday, a special court took cognizance of the chargesheet. Among the key evidence in it are: ■ Under the title ‘Hurriyat conspiracy and secessionist agenda’, the chargesheet cites as evidence the website www. hurriyatconference.com, which speaks about “Freedom Struggle”andthat“Peopleof J&K have been fighting against CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR A 16-YR-OLD GIVES VOICE TO PLAYERS WHO CAN’T SPEAK, HEAR Arwa Imtiyaz Bhat is not a coach or player, but performs a more important role for deaf and dumb sportspersons in Srinagar MIR EHSAN SRINAGAR, FEBRUARY 4 IT’S A white winter morning in Srinagar, and a 16-year-old girl has set out from her cramped home on the city’s outskirts to help a group of badminton players prepare for a tournament at the indoor stadium. Arwa Imtiyaz Bhat is not a coach,oraplayer.ButthisClassX studentperformsamoreimportant role. She translates the THE CHANGE STORY sound of silence. The players are among the around 250 sportspersons registered with the J&K Sports Association for the Deaf, and Arwa, who is well versed in sign language, is their voice, their mentor. Often giving up classes atschool,she’saccompaniedJ&K teamstotournamentsacrossthe country, from Delhi to Chennai, fielding calls from worried families, helping liaise with organisers and officials. She says the reward is not money — she’s not paid any — but moments such as those last December when the J&K team won four gold, three silver and two bronze medals in the National Games for the Deaf in Ranchi. “My mother Rehana can’t ‘I will keep fighting for them, their rights.’ Shuaib Masoodi speak or hear. Her brother Mohammad Saleem, a good badminton player, is also deaf and dumb. And ever since I can remember, I have seen them struggle, facing discrimination outside and within our family. I could not stand that, and decided to do whatever I could to help anyone in that situation... I learned how to communicate in sign language from my uncle who had undergone training in Delhi,” says Arwa. It hasn’t been easy, she admits, especially convincing parents of deaf and dumb children to let go. “When the J&K deaf team wasplanningtogotoRanchi,the parents sought an assurance from me that they would be safe and secure. I had to finally give them a guarantee. At times, I have had to fight with the families of players for permission to let them play,’’ she says. According to Waheed ur Rehmad Parra, secretary, J&K Sports Council, Arwa is an inspiration. “I am surprised by the dedication of this girl. And I try my besttohelpoutandspeeduppaperworkof anyteamwithwhich this girl is involved. She is an inspiration for all of us, and she CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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