LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `3.00 ● MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE THREE SUSPECTED JAISH TERRORISTS KILLED 5 Armymen killed in Jammu camp attack, 4 of them from Kashmir Father of a soldier also killed, 6 among the 10 injured are women, 14-yr-old boy with gunshot wounds is critical ‘I called him again, but phone was switched off’ ARUN SHARMA MIR EHSAN JAMMU, FEBRUARY 11 RSS chief says can raise force in days, Army needs months EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE PATNA, FEBRUARY 11 RASHTRIYA SWAYAMSEVAK Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat Sunday said his organisation had the capability to raise a force, when the country needed it, in “three days”, compared to the Army which would take “six to seven months” to do the same. He said: “Hamara military sanghatan nahin hai, military jaisi discipline hamari hai. Aur agar desh ko zaroorat padey, aur desh ka samveedhan... toh sena tayyar karne ko chhe saat mahine lag jayenge, Sanghke swayamsevakon ko leke teen din me tayyar honge, yeh hamaari kshamata hai. (Ours is not a military organisation, but we have military discipline. And if the country requires it and the Constitution... then the Army would take six to seven months to get ready, our volunteers will take three days. This is our capability).” In Bihar for 10 days, Bhagwathas held review meeting of various Sangh wings and was speaking in Muzaffarpur where he met Sangh volunteers from Bihar and Jharkhand. THREE MORE soldiers and a civilian were found dead inside the residential quarters at Sunjuwan Military Station on Sunday, taking the toll in the terrorist attack on the Army camp to six. The camp came under attack before dawn on Saturday, and three suspected terrorists of the Jaish-e-Muhammad had been killed by Sunday evening. Late on Sunday night, the Army launched a “clearing” operation, firing mortar shells at the vacated residential quarters at the military camp, setting them ablaze. “The Army has launched a fire assault as a part of a sanitisation and clearing operation. There was no exchange of fire,” PTI quoted a Jammu-based Army public relations officer as saying. BATPORA (HAIHAMA), FEBRUARY 11 An Army tank near the residential quarters of the camp. PTI Earlier in the day, the Army said in a written statement: “During the sanitising of residential quarters by Indian Army commandos, the bodies of one more JCO (Junior Commissioned Officer), two jawans, and an elderly man, the father of a soldier, have been recovered, all of MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 11 THE ORDER of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence’s adjudicating authority to strike down all proceedings launched by the DRI against two Adani Group firms in a power equipment overvaluation case of nearly Rs 4,000 crore is “erroneous, illegal and improper not only in law but also on facts”, according to the Customs department. In an appeal filed at the Customs, Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal (CESTAT) in Mumbai on November 28, the department claimed that the adjudication order “suffers from several contradictions which indicate either total non-application of mind or recklesness in passing of the order”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL CONDEMN TERROR AS STATE POLICY, PAGE 9 EXPRESSIN OMAN FEBRUARY 11 FROM THE opulent opera house and glitzy World Government Summit in Dubai to the massive Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Muscat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday made three speeches with pronounced pro-poor, pro-middle class tones — saying that the honest, hard-earned money of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Dubai on Sunday. Reuters the country has been saved by the government through the use of technology and proactive decisionmaking. Addressing the Indian com- 4 GUJARAT munity in Muscat on Sunday evening ahead of his bilateral talks with Sultan Qaboos, Modi said that his government had saved a total of about Rs 1.4 lakh ● Cong to form shadow cabinet to corner govt in Assembly, Page 3 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPLAINED Sardar Patel’s views on Kashmir: What the record says groups. One of them is to raise an All Naga Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) at the disposal of the state but the Centre can help fund and train them,” said an official. Polls are expected to be held on February 27 in the state and results will be declared on March 3. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to campaign on February 22 while BJP president Amit Shah is slated to visit Nagaland before that, sources said. Talks were necessitated after Naga groups and political parties announced they would boycott polls and called for a “solution before elections”. Sources said back-channel dialogue to break the impasse were on for over a month, and that the filing of over CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Ahead of polls, what youth in Nagaland say they really want: jobs DIPANKAR GHOSE HIS IS one of the small blackand-yellow taxis that dot the hilly streets of Kohima. Hanging around the front mirror is a small banner. “Liverpool Football Club”, it reads. In school, he had dreamt of playing professionally abroad. On the top right of the windscreen, there is another sticker that says “Nagaland University”. A computer engineer, Richmond Ao had hoped to become a software programmer. But try as he might, the 27-yearold could not find a job. And thus, his source of income is now his slightly creaky Maruti Alto. 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE DECISION 2018 NAGALAND But Richmond will vote. “Because I need to vote for the best, cleanest candidate there is, who will not be corrupt, and will find our young people work. My time has come and gone, but my brother is in college, and I do not want the same for him,” he said. It is perhaps the youth of Nagaland who have paid the highest price for years of insurgency and political instability CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jailing Khaleda Zia is just the start BY SYED BADRUL AHSAN Asma Jahangir, Pak rights icon and Couple in viral ‘love feisty fighter at the barricades, dies jihad’ list gets death CHANDIGARH, FEBRUARY 11 DESPAIR AND DEFIANCE ALONG THE NARMADA CANAL 14 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NIRUPAMA SUBRAMANIAN It alleged that “...the manner in which the adjudicating authority has gone on to describe an otherwise dubious contract process in glowing terms as transparent, independent and good corporate governance practice... only points at eagerness and bias on the part of adjudicating authority to justify overvaluation ignoring facts to the contrary”. On August 22, 2017, the DRI’s adjudicating authority, K V S Singh, dropped all charges filed by the agency against Adani Power Maharashtra Ltd (APML) and Adani Power Rajasthan Ltd (APRL) for allegedly inflating the total declared value of the goods imported under power and infrastructure heads, which attracts zero or less than 5 per cent duty, to the extent of Rs 3,974.12 crore. THE CENTRE in its bid to ensure elections in Nagaland is learnt to have assured Naga groups, political parties and armed organisations that all options are open, including re-elections in Nagaland, whenever an accord is finalised with NSCN (IM) and and other Naga groups to pave the way for new leadership. In recent discussions with armed groups, the Centre, it is learnt, also gave assurances that armed cadres may be absorbed after arriving at a solution. “This is still under discussion. There are a few options that we are looking at and we have sought an opinion from the rebel KOHIMA, FEBRUARY 11 ● INDIA AND UAE crore in four schemes over the last three years. “With clear intent and transparent policy of the government, we have been able to save money... we have also needed technical help,” he told an enthusiastic gathering in an hour-long speech. Through Direct Benefit Transfers, the government had saved about Rs 57,000 crore, Modi said. “We have saved the money meant for the poor... earlier, they NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 11 BY UNNY GOVT & POLITICS SHUBHAJIT ROY RAHUL TRIPATHI ON SEPTEMBER 30, 2007, over 500 lawyers clashed with police outside the Pakistan Supreme Court in Islamabad over the election commission accepting General Pervez Musharraf as a presidential poll candidate despite serious questions over his eligibility. Right in the middle of it all, was Asma Jahangir. As the police burst tear-gas shells and swung their batons, barely 100m from the poll panel’s office, a lawyer fell on her. With blood from his face and head on her clothes, she stood up, screaming in anger and contempt — for Musharraf and what the police had done on his behalf. That’s the image I will carry ASMA JAHANGIR 1952-2018 always of Asma, feisty fighter at the barricades that Pakistan’s rulers frequently put up against their own people — women, children, people accused of blasphemy, victims of religious intolerance, Baloch, Pashtun, prodemocracy activists, and those who wanted peace with India. She battled for each cause, and as a lawyer, went far beyond turning up at processions and candle-light vigils. On Sunday, the 66-year-old died of a cardiac arrest in Lahore. “I am devastated @ loss of my mother Asma Jahangir. We shall B announcing date of funeral soon. We R waiting 4 our relatives 2 return 2 Lahore,” her daughter Munizae Jahangir posted on Twitter. Asma fought the system in the country’s law courts, even though justice was far from assured. But foremost, she stood against the military usurping the role of main arbiter. She was fearless in her criticism and spoke her mind freely. In one television programme, she famously described the military generals as “duffers”, saying Pakistan would be doomed if it continued to be led by them. Her earliest fight against the military is now part of Pakistan’s CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 threats, files complaint RAVIK BHATTACHARYA KOLKATA FEBRUARY 11 AFTER MOREthan 100 Facebook profiles of inter-faith couples across the country were listed on social media as examples of ‘love jihad’, a couple, named in the list, has lodged a complaint with the Kolkata police cyber cell after receiving death threats. The list went viral on Facebook and Twitter in January. “Yeh ek suchi hai un hindu ladkiyonke Facebook profile ki jo love jihad ka shikar ho chuki hain yah ho rahi hain... har Hindu sher se aagrah hai, inme jo ladke hain, unki khoj ke shikaar karein. (This is a list of Facebook profiles of Hindu women who are victims of love jihad... We exhort all Hindu tigers, those men (listed in these profiles), find them and hunt them,” said a post on Hindu Varta, a group on Facebook. The post has since been deleted. Another post on a group Milan Mela by Biplab Chattopadhyay, who claimed to be a member of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) had stated: “Hindu girls are converting to Islam by Love Jihad...Wake up HINDUS otherwise you will lose your homeland INDIA.” The couple began receiving death threats and were harassed on social media after the list went viral. “A complaint has been received. We are looking into the matter,” said a senior police officer. According to the couple’s complaint to Kolkata police, “We... Have been targeted by a group of people... We were further subjected to death threats, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR 15 WORLD CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Modi to Indian workers in Gulf: govt will protect your hard-earned money DRI authority’s clean chit to Adani firms is illegal: Customs appeal KHUSHBOO NARAYAN whom were killed by the terrorists in the initial stage yesterday.” A JCO and a jawan had been confirmed killed on the first day of the attack on by suspected terrorists of the camp of the 36 Brigade of the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry. All those A FAMILY still unaware of death’s shadow at the door, another waiting for a body, and a third mourning the loss of a son and his father. The attack by militants at the Army camp in Sunjuwan in Jammu left six dead on Sunday — and five villages across the state shattered. “Only his father is aware. His pregnant wife, six young daughters and aged mother only know that he suffered injuries and is recuperating in hospital,” says Hamidullah Qureshi, outside a two-storey house in Batpora village, up in the hills close to the LoC, 13 km from Kupwara town. Hamidullah’s nephew Havaldar Habibullah Qureshi was among those killed in the at- tack targeting the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JKLI). Inside the house, Qureshi’s father, Amanullah, a retired soldier, is silently gazing at a picture of his son in a corner. “When the camp was attacked, I spoke to my nephew over phone. When I called him around 2.30 pm, he told me not to call again as the situation was very bad and firing was going on. But I could not control my curiosity, and called him again after an hour... his phone was switched off. I was the last person from our family to speak with him,” says Hamidullah. Another uncle, Mohammad Shafi, a retired JKLI soldier, said his nephew was evacuating injured soldiers when he was killed. ‘’He was hit by three bullets on his chest. Hours later, a neighbour based in the camp told us about his death,’’ says Shafi. All options, including re-election, open after final peace accord: Govt to Naga groups IN ODISHA, POACHERS TURN PROTECTORS — AND UN TAKES NOTE NORTH KOREA DELEGATION HOLDS TALKS WITH SOUTH RUSSIAN PLANE CRASHES NEAR MOSCOW, ALL 71 ONBOARD KILLED SAMPAD PATNAIK MANGALAJODI (KHURDA), FEBRUARY 11 FIFTY RUPEES, says Purna Chandra Behera. That’s what he used to get 20 years ago for the meat of a bird he trapped and sold in Odisha’s Mangalajodi village, barely 2 km from one of the Indian subcontinent’s largest wintering grounds for exotic migratory waterfowl. Today, the poachers of Mangalajodi have turned protectors. And, like 54-year-old Behera, they are part of an ecotourism model linked to the THE Purna Chandra Behera was once a poacher CHANGE STORY Chilika wetlands that’s now being showcased across the world. Last month, the Mangalajodi Ecotourism Trust (MET) was chosen for the “Innovation in Tourism Enterprise” award by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). “Between October 2016 and February 2017, the last birdwatching season, I earned about Rs 30,000 just from showing vis- At the Chilika wetlands near Mangalajodi village in Odisha’s Khurda district. Sampad Patnaik itors around the Mangalajodi wetlands. My 21-year-old son, who is now my colleague, earned Rs 20,000,” says Behera. According to Chilika Development Authority, the brackish water lagoon spans the districts of Puri, Ganjam and Khurda, where Mangalajodi is located. “Flocks of migratory waterfowl arrive from as far as the Caspian Sea, Lake Baikal, Aral Sea, remote parts of Russia, Kirghiz steppes of Mongolia, Central and South East Asia, Ladakh and the Himalayas, to feed and breed in its fertile waters,” the authority states on its official website. “In the late nineties, the avian census recorded just about 5,000 birds. Today, we record around 3,00,000 winged visitors. Mangalajodi’s success is not just in the number of avian visitors, but their species diversity. Last year, about 176 species visited us,” says Sanjib Sarangi, vice-president, Kolkata-based Indian Grameen Services (IGS), a partner in MET, which has 85 members. The trust was started in 2011 along with Royal Bank of Scotland Foundation India (RBS FI) and is now one of the village’s three community-owned conservation trusts. Trust officials say it was not hard to convince local fishermen-hunters that abandoning poaching in favour of conservation would help them earn more money, stop police raids and enhance the fish population, which feed on bird droppings. However, implementing conservation as a practice within the village has been a multi-dimensional challenge. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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