LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `3.00 ● TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS 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 9 THE IDEAS PAGE Aadhaar that doesn’t exclude Biometric authentication by PDS dealers defeats the purpose of the scheme SOHRABUDDIN CASE Witnesses are turning hostile, what protection, HC asks CBI ARUN SHARMA JAMMU, FEBRUARY 12 Sohrabuddin, wife Kausarbi A MAGISTERIAL COURT in Morbi on Monday convicted Nima Acharya, Protem Speaker of Gujarat Legislative Assembly, former BJP MLA Kantilal Amrutiya and Patidar quota stir leader Manoj Panara for trying to bribe voters in the run-up to the the 2009 Lok Sabha elections and sentenced them to one year of imprisonment and imposed Rs1,000 fine on each. However, the court granted plea of the convicts to stay the sentence for a month so that they can approach higher court against the verdict. Delivering its verdict, the court of Jignesh Damodra, Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate of Morbi, held Acharya, Amrutiya and Panara UNDERLINING SHE ran the risk 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 fought three wars in 1947, 1965 and 1971 and have won all of them, even the Kargil war. But our basic problem has not been resolved.” “Baatchit ke bina koi hal nahin hai (there is no alternative to talks).” Referring to a convention held in Odisha — she did not take any name — by the PakistanIndia People’s Forum For Peace and Harmony, Mufti said: “They stressed the need for dialogue, they said India, Pakistan will have to talk.” Taking a swipe at debates on some TV channels, she said anyone who calls for talks with Pakistan is called anti-national. “Agar Mehbooba Mufti yeh baat karegi to anti-national ho jayegi, 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 antinational. They hold the worst debates with polarised mindsets. They bring people from Kashmir who are not even known in their own colonies.” “They always speak anti-India. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Nima Acharya Kantilal Amrutiya and Manoj Panara BID TO BRIBE VOTERS Gujarat Protem Speaker, ex-BJP MLA among three arrested EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE RAJKOT, FEBRUARY 12 Paris terror meet set to turn screws on Pakistan CM tells J&K Assembly can’t allow people to die every day SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 12 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, these four were from the 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 Rs 5-lakh family cover: Centre to call meeting of state health secys ANIL SASI & DEEPAK PATEL NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 12 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY 8 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 be airlifted from Jammu. May be, the weather will improve tomorrow and the bodies will be 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. Mohammad Ashraf Mir, who belonged to Maidanpora village in the Lolab area, 12 km from Kupwara town, is survived by his wife and three children. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 adjoining areas indicates the possibility of local support to the terrorists”. “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. “On the contrary, we find that Chabahar MUSCAT 3 EXPRESSIN OMAN BY K SUJATHA RAO bundling more than one insurance product to arrive at a comprehensive cover with a realistic premium amount, a top government official indicated. In the Union Budget 2018-19, an initial corpus of Rs 2,000 crore Oman Duqm GUJARAT GOVT TO BRING BILL TO CURB USE OF FAKE CASTE CERTIFICATES CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 11 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 MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 12 NOTING THAT several witnesses have turned hostile during trial in the alleged fake encounter cases of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati, the Bombay 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,” Justice Revati Mohite-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 and Gujarat IPS officer Rajkumar Pandiyan, along with two applications filed by the CBI, 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Arabian Sea SHUBHAJIT ROY FEBRUARY 12 IN A strategic move to expand its footprint in the Indian Ocean region, India has secured access to the key Port of Duqm in Oman 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, the services of Duqm port and dry dock will be available for maintenance 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 proximity to the Chabahar port in Iran. With the Assumption Island 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 deployed an attack submarine to this port in the western Arabian Sea. A Shishumar-class submarine entered Duqm along 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 announced a one-time crop loan 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 12 WORLD THE EDITORIAL PAGE Is India ready for health scheme? CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RUHI BHASIN 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 Gwadar 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 PAKISTAN IS likely to be “grey listed” for terrorist financing and 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, which starts on Sunday, will consider technical compliance to the requirements of the FATF recommendations 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 the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, Lashkar-eTaiba, and the Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation which continue to TRINAMOOL MP’S SCREEN DEBUT TO FEATURE AT BERLIN FEST PAK SAYS WILL ACT AGAINST BANNED TERROR OUTFITS ISRAEL IN TALKS WITH UNITED STATES TO ANNEX SETTLEMENTS 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 in her debut movie, Iye, a political satire directed by Debesh Chatterjee and scheduled for Saturday in the prestigious festival’s Market Screening segment. But for the Balurghat MP, the joy of a dream debut is tempered 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) is about three 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 but the context is contemporary, political. It deals with the need of the current times and need of the powers-that-be to ensure homogeneity. All those people in my film who are subjecting the three people to various methods of torture to break the hegemony of their thought... in the current times, they are wearing saffron robes,” he says.
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