TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 + 4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, PUNE, `4.00 ● TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE SPEECH AFTER ATTACK ON ARMY CAMP Call me anti-national for saying this but India and Pakistan must talk: Mehbooba CM tells J&K Assembly can’t allow people to die every day 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE JAMMU, FEBRUARY 12 Is India ready for health scheme? BY K SUJATHA RAO Rs 5-lakh family cover: Centre to call meeting of state health secys ANIL SASI & DEEPAK PATEL NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 12 TO DECIDE the specifics of the proposed National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS), the Centre has decided to call a meeting of state health secretaries shortly. Details of the scheme’s implementation — touted as the world’s largest government-funded national health programme — would be taken up for discussion. While a detailed concept note has already been floated ahead of the meeting, the issues expected to be taken up for deliberations include the possibility of dovetailing existing health schemes of different states into the broader national scheme and the possibility of bundling more than one insurance product to arrive at a comprehensive cover with a realistic premium amount, a top government official indicated. IntheUnionBudget2018-19, aninitialcorpusof Rs2,000crore CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SUSHANT SINGH In Kupwara, the family of Havildar Habibullah Qureshi, killed in the Sunjuwan military station attack. Shuaib Masoodi Soldiers’ families wait Nirmala: Pak will pay... in Valley for bodies as demography suggests snowfall affects airlift local help to terrorists MIR EHSAN SRINAGAR, FEBRUARY 12 FOR RELATIVES of four Kashmiri soldiers killed in the attack by militants on the Army camp in Jammu’s Sunjuwan, the day after was spent in what every family mourning a death dreads — waiting for the bodies. Of the six who were killed Sunday,thesefourwerefromthe districts of Kupwara, Shopian and Kulgam in the Valley, where snowfall and poor visibility hampered efforts to airlift the bodies as planned on Monday afternoon. “We will try to airlift the bodies tomorrow,’’ said an Army spokesperson, responding to queries about JCO Mohammad Ashraf Mir, 43; Havildar Habibullah Qureshi, 38; Naik BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY MANOJ MORE PUNE, SANGLI, FEBRUARY 12 12 WORLD Sohrabuddin, wife Kausarbi NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 12 Shetti’s Swabhimani Paksh leans towards Cong-NCP, but BJP says not worried FARMER LEADER Raju Shetti, whose party Swabhimani Paksh has fought a bitter battle with the Congress and NCP in Western Maharashtra, the sugar bowl of the state, appears set to joinhandswiththeCongress-led front in Maharashtra, which could set alarm bells ringing in theBJPaheadof the2019assembly elections. Both the Congress and NCP are in touch with him and seem to be making all-out efforts to woo him. “Come what may, I am not going to rejoin the BJP-led NDA,” Shetti told The Indian Express on Monday.Onspeculationsthathe would join the Congress-led front in Maharashtra before the 2019 elections, Shetti said a final decision would be taken at the party’s national executive com- Witnesses are turning hostile, what protection, HC asks CBI Paris terror meet set to turn screws on Pakistan ARUN SHARMA UNDERLININGSHErantherisk of being “called anti-national” by some TV channels, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Monday called for talks between India and Pakistan, saying “there is no alternative” and she could not allow a situation where “people die every day” in the cycle of violence in the state. Addressing the J&K Assembly on the last day of the Budget session, the Chief Minister, speaking on the issue of Kashmir, said: “We have foughtthreewarsin1947,1965 and 1971 and have won all of them, even the Kargil war. But ourbasicproblemhasnotbeen resolved.” “Baatchit ke bina koi hal nahin hai (there is no alternative to talks).” Referring to a convention held in Odisha — shedidnottakeanyname—by the Pakistan-India People’s ForumForPeaceandHarmony, Mufti said: “They stressed the need for dialogue, they said India,Pakistanwillhavetotalk.” Takingaswipeatdebateson some TV channels, she said anyone who calls for talks with Pakistaniscalledanti-national. “Agar Mehbooba Mufti yeh baat karegitoanti-nationalhojayegi, agar (NC leader) Omar Abdullah yeh baat karengey to anti-national ho jayenge... So should I say, let people die but I will not agree to talks.” “There are some media houses that have created an atmosphere where even talking about talks has become anti-national. They hold the worst debates with polarised mindsets. They bring people fromKashmirwhoarenoteven known in their own colonies.” “They always speak anti-India. SOHRABUDDIN CASE Mohammad Shafi, 32; and, Lance Naik Manzoor Ahmad Deva, all from the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAKLI). “Despite snowfall, we had made all preparations for the funeral, but the bodies couldn’t beairliftedfromJammu.Maybe, the weather will improve tomorrowandthebodieswillbe brought home,’’ said Qureshi’s uncle Mohammad Shafi, a retired soldier. Qureshi hailed from Batapora village, close to the LoC in Kupwara, and is survived by wife Hamida Bano, who is six months pregnant, and six young daughters. MohammadAshraf Mir,who CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MORE REPORTS PAGE 6 ARUN SHARMA JAMMU, FEBRUARY 12 BLAMING MASOOD Azhar’s Jaish-e-Mohammad for the attack on the Sunjuwan military station in Jammu and warning Pakistan that it “will pay for this misadventure”, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Monday said “the demography of the cantonment and adjoiningareasindicatesthepossibility of localsupporttotheterrorists”. “All evidences which have been collected are now being compiled and, definitely, these will be given, as always, to Pakistan. Yet Pakistan, in spite of being given dossier after dossier, has not taken any action,” Sitharaman told reporters in Jammu. “Onthecontrary,wefindthat Gwadar Raju Shetti MUSCAT EXPRESSINOMAN Oman Duqm 11 Arabian Sea SHUBHAJIT ROY THEIDEASPAGE Aadhaar that doesn’t exclude Biometric authentication by PDS dealers defeats the purpose of the scheme CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 9 EXPLAINED Sitharaman with an injured woman in Jammu. PTI people who were directly responsible for the Mumbai attack and many others, particularly Mumbai attack, are free, and are happily roaming in Pakistan,” she said. “The terrorists belonged to the Jaish-e-Mohammad tanzeem, sponsored by Azhar Why Jammu camps are vulnerable CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RUHI BHASIN MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 12 NOTINGTHATseveralwitnesses have turned hostile during trial in the alleged fake encounter cases of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati, theBombay High Court Monday asked the CBI what protection has been provided to prosecution witnesses. “Is this the seriousness with which the CBI is conducting the trial,”JusticeRevatiMohite-Dere remarked. She was hearing three applications filed by Sohrabuddin’s brother Rubabuddin, challenging the discharge of former DIG of Gujarat D G Vanzara, Rajasthan IPS officer Dinesh M N andGujaratIPSofficerRajkumar Pandiyan, along with two applicationsfiledbytheCBI,challenging the discharge of Rajasthan police constable Dalpat Singh Rathod and Gujarat police officer N K Amin. “What protection are you offering to your witnesses? It is your duty to protect the witnesses, so they can depose fearlessly. You can’t file a chargesheet and not give your witness protection,” Justice Mohite-Dere said. So far, 30 witnesses, presented by the prosecution to support its case that Sohrabuddin, his wife Kausarbi and associate Tulsiram Prajapati were victims of extra-judicial killings, have turned hostile in the special CBI court in Mumbai. “What action are you taking in cases where witnesses have turned hostile? Are they being CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 India gets access to strategic Loan waiver to bonus Oman port for military use, payments, poll-bound states target farmers Chabahar-Gwadar in sight Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh Chabahar mittee meeting, to be held in the coming days. “We have had offers from the Congress to join their front. But we have not taken a decision so far,” said Shetti,indicatingthatpersonally he was in favour of joining the Congress-led front but not the BJP-ledfront“underanycircumstances”. Slamming the BJP, Shetti said the party had cheated farmers. “It promised to waive loans of debt-ridden farmers but farmers have got nothing so far ,” he said. PAKISTAN IS likely to be “grey listed”forterroristfinancingand money laundering by the multinational Financial Action Task Force (FATF) at its plenary meeting in Paris early next week. This will put Islamabad under stringent checks in conducting international financial transactions and affect foreign investments and commercial lending to Pakistan. The three-day FATF meeting, whichstartsonSunday,willconsidertechnicalcompliancetothe requirementsof theFATFrecommendations agreed upon by Pakistan. Pakistan has fallen short of the requirements by not promulgating legislation to stop money laundering and terrorist financing. It has also not taken action against “proscribed groups” under UN Security Council Resolution 1267, such as theJamaat-ud-Dawa,Lashkar-eTaiba, and the Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation which continue to FEBRUARY 12 INAstrategicmovetoexpandits footprint in the Indian Ocean region, India has secured access tothekeyPortof DuqminOman for military use and logistical support, top sources have told The Indian Express. This is part of India’s maritime strategy to counter Chinese influence and activities in the region. This was one of the key take- aways of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Oman over the last two days. He met Sultan of Oman Sayyid Qaboos bin Said Al Said, and an annexure to the Memorandum of Understanding on Military Cooperation was signed between the two countries. Sources told The Indian Express that following this pact, theservicesofDuqmportanddry dockwillbeavailableformaintenance of Indian military vessels. The Port of Duqm is situated on the southeastern seaboard of Oman, overlooking the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. It is strategically located, in close proximitytotheChabaharportin Iran.WiththeAssumptionIsland being developed in Seychelles and Agalega in Mauritius, Duqm fits into India’s proactive maritime security roadmap. Recently, Duqm has seen a rise in Indian activities. In September last year, India deployedanattacksubmarineto this port in the western Arabian Sea. A Shishumar-class submarine entered Duqm along withnavalshipINSMumbaiand two P-8I long-range maritime CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 announce sops amid agrarian crisis MILIND GHATWAI & DEEP MUKHERJEE BHOPAL, JAIPUR, FEB 12 FROM CROP loan and land revenue waivers to bonus payments and free crop storage, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh announced a slew of sops Monday, targeting farmers and rural voters ahead of assembly elections later this year. While Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje sought to recover from the recent bypolls where the BJP lost two Lok Sabha seats and an Assembly seat to the Congress, MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan hoped to mitigate three-term anti-incumbency and the setback from the recently concluded civic polls in the state, where the BJP lost ground. Presenting the last state Budget before elections, Raje announcedaone-timecroploan waiver for small and marginal farmers up to Rs 50,000 in the overdue and outstanding categories of short-term loans from cooperative banks. The waiver is expected to cost the state exchequer Rs 8,000 crore. “Small and marginal farmers are among the most vulnerable groups in our society. We have taken a significant decision to waive short-term farm loans. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR PAKSAYSWILL ACTAGAINST BANNEDTERROR OUTFITS ISRAEL IN TALKS WITH UNITED STATES TO ANNEX SETTLEMENTS TRINAMOOL MP’S SCREEN DEBUT TO FEATURE AT BERLIN FESTIVAL ABANTIKA GHOSH NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 12 INSIDE LOK Sabha, Arpita Ghosh is usually never short of words. But five days from now, at the Berlin film festival, the Trinamool Congress MP will be in search of a new language. That’s the character Ghosh is playing inherdebut movie, Iye,a political satire directed by Debesh Chatterjee and scheduled for Saturday in the prestigiousfestival’sMarketScreening segment. But for the Balurghat MP, the joyof adreamdebutistempered with the realisation that she won’t be able to make it. “With Parliament in session, I have too much work here, I have no time. Meetings are on to finalise demands for supplementary grants,” says Ghosh, a theatre actor and director. Inspired by three short stories in German writer Peter Bichsel’s book Kindergarten Stories,Iye(Others)isaboutthree people in search of their identities in an increasingly globalised world, amid attempts by the establishment and society to ‘Too much work here... no time (to go to Berlin)’. Subham Dutta enforce conformity. Ghosh plays one of the protagonists — a woman stifled by the monotony of her life, who searches for a language with known words but new meanings. “She refuses to speak any established language. She is eventually branded as mad and rounded up by the power that resents her quest for the new. It questions why she wants a different language,” she says. Another protagonist is a man in search of a number that does not exist on any computer. Intrigued by the fact that the Kolkata Metro does not list the number of stairs in its stations, he starts counting the stairs in the city. Then, there’s a man who searches the bylanes of Kolkata for a new country. He participates in the “World Vagabond Conference” to reach America but realises that the country he wanted to visit no longer exists. All the three are eventually rounded up by the “power” and tortured to understand their resistance to conformity and need for divergence. Chatterjee, the director, had earlier won accolades at home and abroad for his debut feature film Natoker Moto (Like a Play). “Bichsel’s short stories are about the search for identity in a globalised word. My film is inspired by those short stories butthecontextiscontemporary, political. It deals with the need of the current times and need of the powers-that-be to ensure homogeneity.Allthosepeoplein my film who are subjecting the three people to various methods of torturetobreakthehegemony of their thought... in the current times, they are wearing saffron robes,” he says.
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