JAIPUR,LATECITY FEBRUARY11,2018 18+6(EYE)PAGES,`5.00 (`8PATNA&RAIPUR,`12SRINAGAR) DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA IDEA EXCHANGE PAGE 6 ‘CHINA HAS RESOURCES... BUT INDIA HAS WEIGHT IN THE REGION. HOW WE USE SMART DIPLOMACY IS KEY’ Ex-India ambassador to US NIRUPAMA RAO and former US ambassador to India RICHARD VERMA IIM ACT Diplomas or degrees? IIMs in spot over shift RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 10 THE INDIAN Institutes of Management (IIMs) are facing transition issues as they make theshiftfromgrantingdiplomas to awarding degrees. Thepremierbusinessschools are in a spot over whether the batchof studentsgraduatingthis year — they enrolled much before the IIM Act came into effect last month — should get a postgraduate diploma in management(PGDM)oranMBAdegree. 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 a clarification. At the heart of this dilemma isanestablishedmarket perception that values a PGDM more than an MBA degree. Over the years, a PGDM has become acceptable, and even a brand, because of the IIMs. Speaking to The Sunday Express, IIM-Lucknow head Ajit Prasad confirmed that he has written to the HRD Ministry and is awaiting its reply on whether the institute can grant diplomas to the students. Asked why students want a PGDM over a degree, he said, “They were admitted for a PGDM. They have been examined for a PGDM. So (they want that) we should give a PGDM.” He, however, did not elaborate on how many in the outgoing batch are in favour of receiving PGDM. While IIM-Lucknow has approached the government, others, such as IIM-Bangalore and IIM-Calcutta, are set to raise this issueatthenextmeetingof their Board of Governors (BoG). IIM Bangalore director G Raghuram said the institute is looking at all possible solutions, includinggivingstudentstheoptionof receivingeitheradiploma or degree. The final call, he said, will be taken by the BoG. “The Act permits us to start awarding degrees from this year itself, but the students who enrolled for PGDM may not want a degree at the end of their programme. We are in the process of taking a decision on this. We have consulted our faculty and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 13 ECONOMY INDIGOGROUNDSTHREE A320NEOAIRCRAFT BIG PICTURE WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM PAGES 8-9 The Greys in Operation Greens How the unabashedly political art of filmmaker Amar Kanwar is earning him a global following PM said tomato, onion and potato crops government’s ‘top priority’. As they count their losses, farmers in TOP zones wait to see how JeM HAND SUSPECTED Two soldiers killed in terror attack on Army camp in J&K India hopes for sovereign, independent Palestine soon, says Prime Minister Family quarters targeted, Army says women and children among six injured House erupts, pro-Pakistan slogan raised EXPRESSINRAMALLAH by NC MLA ARUN SHARMA EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE TWO JUNIOR commissioned officers (JCOs) were killed and six others, including Army personnel and their family members, injured in a terror attack which targeted the family quarters at the Sunjuwan Military Station here early on Saturday morning. Thoughnoterroristoutfithas claimed responsibility so far, sources said the Jaish-eMohammad is suspected to be behind the attack. State Parliamentary Affairs MinisterAbdulRehmanVeeriinformedthe Jammu and Kashmir Assembly that Subedar Madan Lal Choudhary and Subedar Mohammed Ashraf Mir were killed in the attack. The Army, however, maintained that only THE JAMMU and Kashmir Assembly witnessed chaotic scenes with a senior National Conferenceleadershouting 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,respondingtoangryremarks from the legislators over the terror attack on the Sunjwan military camp, said the area fell in the Assembly constituency of NC leader Mohammad Akbar Lone. He then made certain CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SHUBHAJIT ROY JAMMU, FEBRUARY 10 JAMMU, FEBRUARY 10 Outside Sunjuwan military station on Saturday. Praveen Khanna one JCO was killed. “Two martyred and four injured is the report with me so far,” said Inspector General of Police for Jamnu zone, S D Singh Jamwal. Among the injured are ColonelRohitSolanki,officiating commanding officer (CO) of 6 Mahar, Havildar Abdul Hamid, Lance Naik Bahadur Singh and Neha, daughter of Subedar CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SUNDAY STORY LIVES ON THE LINE PAGE 7 FEBRUARY 10 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”, and dropped any mention of a “united” and “viable”Palestine.Healsodidnot mention East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, nor did he explicitlyspellout“thetwo-state solution” — a departure he had made earlier, in May last year. Hiscarefullycalibratedomission of a “united” and “viable” Palestine will be perceived as a radicalchangeinIndia’sposition, maintained for several decades. This was the first ever visit by an Indian prime minister to Palestine, and Modi and Palestinian President Mahmoud CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Saturday. PTI In run-up to polls, how BJP built its army for battle against Left DECISION 2017 ESHA ROY AGARTALA, FEBRUARY 10 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 beenbroughtinfromotherparts of the country, voters aggressively wooed and every polling boothbuiltacrossthelengthand breadth of the state. 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 partyhad startedworkingmuch before that. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Ministry cites advisory, asks Bengaluru FC to defer Male visit MIHIR VASAVDA NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 10 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 nationalshavebeenadvisedto“deferallnon-essentialtravelstothe 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 TCSportsClubatMale’sNational 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. In a letter to Srinivas Murthy, Head of Operations, Bengaluru FC, MEA under-secretary (Maldives, Indian Ocean Region) CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INDIAN JOURNALIST ORDERED TO LEAVE MALDIVES PAGE 3 Team from India to help Myanmar conserve dwindling tiger species SOWMIYA ASHOK NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 10 ATEAMfromIndiaisworkingon 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, the tiger has a smallerskullandbodythanboth the Bengal and Siberian tigers and is distributed in Myanmar, Thailand and Laos. Likeallothertigersubspecies, 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 “the extent of itsrecentdeclineisserious,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), aninternationalbodythatworks fortheconservationof tigersand 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 the dwindlingpopulationhasbeena 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 into tiger reserves CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jaipur 14 WORLD ISRAEL ATTACKS TARGETS IN SYRIA AFTER ITS FIGHTER JET CRASHES
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