AHMEDABAD,LATE CITY FEBRUARY 11, 2018 20+6 (EYE) PAGES, ` 5.00 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA IDEA EXCHANGE PAGE 8 BIG PICTURE WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM PAGES 10-11 ‘CHINA HAS RESOURCES... BUT INDIA HAS WEIGHT IN THE REGION. HOW WE USE SMART DIPLOMACY IS KEY’ The Greys in Operation Greens India’s former ambassador to US NIRUPAMA RAO and former US ambassador to India RICHARD VERMA PM said tomato, onion and potato crops government’s ‘top priority’. As they count their losses, farmers in TOP zones wait to see how GUJARAT PAGES 3, 4 ● MINISTER: FIVE RIVERS IN STATE MAY BE LINKED FOR WATERWAYS ● WORKER FALLS TO DEATH AT STATUE OF UNITY SITE IIM ACT Diplomas or degrees? IIMs in a fix over shift RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 10 THE INDIAN Institutes of Management (IIMs) are facing transition issues as they make the shift from granting diplomas to awarding degrees. The premier business schools are in a spot over whether the batch of students graduating this year — they enrolled much before the IIM Act came into effect last month — should get a postgraduate diploma in management (PGDM) or an MBA degree. A section of students at IIMLucknow have demanded that they be given diplomas at their convocation ceremony this year, prompting the institute director to approach the government for CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 16 ECONOMY INDIGO GROUNDS THREE A320 NEO AIRCRAFT JeM STRIKE, OPERATION STILL ON: ARMY Two soldiers killed in terror attack on J&K Army camp SHUBHAJIT ROY FEBRUARY 10 ARUN SHARMA EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, FEBRUARY 10 JAMMU, FEBRUARY 10 TWO SOLDIERS were killed in a terror attack on the family quarters ofthe Sunjuwan military station here early on Saturday. While no outfit has claimed responsibility so far, both the Army and police said the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) was behind the attack. Sources said three of the attackers have been killed, and the operation is still “in progress”. The attack comes amid an alert across the state on a possible strike by the JeM, in view of the death anniversary of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru on February 9 and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front founder Maqbool Bhat on February 11. However, sources said, security agencies were fo- THE JAMMU and Kashmir Assembly witnessed chaotic scenes with a senior National Conference leader shouting proPakistan slogans in response to the BJP’s slogans against the neighbouring country. As the House descended into further chaos, Speaker Kavinder Gupta adjourned the House for a while and even expunged his own remarks. Trouble began when the Speaker, responding to angry remarks from the legislators over the terror attack on the Sunjuwan military camp, said the area fell in the Assembly constituency of NC leader Mohammad Akbar Lone. He then made certain CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Outside Sunjuwan military station on Saturday. Praveen Khanna cussing on Kashmir, and did not expect an attack in Jammu. Confirming two deaths, a statement issued by the Army said “nine others, including five women and children, are injured, two of them being critical”. The Army identified the dead soldiers as Hony Lt Madan Lal Choudhary from Kathua district, and Havildar Habibullah Quereshi from Kupwara. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SUNDAY STORY LIVES ON THE LINE PAGE 9 Trader prepared hijack note at MEA asks office, caught on CCTV: NIA Bengaluru FC to defer visit, SATISH JHA AHMEDABAD, FEBRUARY 10 cites advisory THE MUMBAI-BASED businessman arrested for allegedly planting a hijack threat letter on a Mumbai-Delhi flight had typed out the threat on his laptop at his Mumbai office the same morning and got a print of it from the office printer, which he later put in the tissue paper box of in the plane’s toilet, according to the chargesheet filed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is probing the case. ESHA ROY AGARTALA, FEBRUARY 10 Birju Salla MIHIR VASAVDA NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 10 According to the chargesheet, filed on January 23, the accused, Birju Salla, did it in a “planned manner” — and preparation of the threat note was captured on the office CCTV camera. On the morning of October 30 last year, Salla reportedly first CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TRIPURA BJP’s Tripura prabhari Sunil Deodhar “To win Tripura, and to be able to fight the communists,’’ says BJP’s Tripura prabhari Sunil Deodhar, who has been living in the state for two years now. A year ago, the BJP appointed its new state secretary, Biplab Deb, who is likely to be the party’s chief ministerial candidate in case of a win. “Since Biplab Deb took over, we have been building the organisation from scratch,’’ says Deodhar. The BJP didn’t wait long to grab dissident Congress leaders who had joined the Trinamool Congress and were looking to jump ship once more. But the party had started working much before that. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE MINISTRY of External Affairs (MEA) on Saturday directed Bengaluru FC to “defer” their visit to Maldives for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) match in Male City, scheduled for Tuesday, owing to the state of emergency in the island country. The government told the club to “strictly adhere” to the MEA’s travel advisory issued on February 5, in which Indian nationals have been advised to “defer all non-essential travels to the island nation until further notice”. The MEA’s intervention comes a day after the Maldives National Defence Force promised full support to the Indian side for its playoff match against TC Sports Club at Male’s National Stadium. Bengaluru FC were scheduled to depart on Sunday afternoon, however, their plans have now been thrown off track. The government has also briefed All India Football Federation (AIFF) general secretary Kushal Das on the issue. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INDIAN JOURNALIST ORDERED TO LEAVE MALDIVES PAGE 6 Team from India to help Myanmar conserve dwindling tiger species SOWMIYA ASHOK NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 10 A TEAMfrom India is working on a conservation plan to preserve the last 30-odd Indochinese tigers in northern Myanmar’s Htamanthi Wildlife Sanctuary. Identified as a distinct subspecies in 1968, these tigers have a smaller skull and body when compared to the Bengal and PM calls for ‘independent’ Palestine soon, skips mention of ‘united, viable’ House erupts, pro-Pakistan slogan raised by NC MLA EXPRESSIN RAMALLAH Family quarters targeted, Army says women and children among nine injured In run-up to polls, how BJP built its army for battle against Left DECISION 2018 THE FIGHT for Tripura has been an unprecedented experiment in BJP’s electoral history, say the party’s leaders in Tripura. For a year now, the BJP has been engaged in the mammoth task of building a cadre-based organisation, brick by brick, to match the CPI(M) and Left Front’s cadre based-army. Over 50,000 BJP and RSS workers have been engaged, experts and trainers have been brought in from other parts of the country, and voters aggressively wooed across the length and breadth of the state. How the unabashedly political art of filmmaker Amar Kanwar is earning him a global following Siberian tigers and are distributed in Myanmar, Thailand and Laos. Like all other tiger subspecies, this one too has been classified by the International Union for Conservation (IUCN) as ‘endangered’ but “its status is poorly known compared to other tiger subspecies” and “the extent of its recent decline is serious, approaching the threshold for Critically Endangered”, says the IUCN website. The team from India is presently collecting primary data to draw up a conservation plan with the eventual aim of creating a “protected area network”. The team has members of the Global Tiger Forum (GTF), an international body that works for the conservation of tigers and which has the Dehradun-based Wildlife Institute of India (WII) as its India partner. Spread across 20,000 sqkm, Myanmar has the largest tiger landscape in the world but its dwindling tiger population has been a concern. GTF secretary general Rajesh Gopal, who earlier headed Project Tiger and the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), said conserving tigers “ties in with the climate-change agenda of a country” since “carbon is locked CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 IN A major departure from the past, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said India hoped for “an early realisation of a sovereign and independent state of Palestine”, dropping any mention of a “united” and “viable” Palestine. He also did not mention East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, nor did he spell out “the two-state solution” — a departure he had made earlier, in May last year. His carefully calibrated omission of a “united” and “viable” Palestine will be perceived as a radical change in India’s position, maintained for several decades. This was the first ever visit by an Indian prime minister to Palestine, and Modi and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PM Narendra Modi with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Saturday. PTI MORE REPORTS, PAGE 7 15 WORLD FIGHTER JET DOWNED, ISRAEL STRIKES IRANIAN, SYRIAN TARGETS IN SYRIA
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