TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, LUCKNOW, `4.00 ● WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE DECISION 2018 NAGALAND TERROR FUNDING In poll time, a probe twist: NIA summons CM’s staff DEEPTIMAN TIWARY & DIPANKAR GHOSE NEW DELHI, KOHIMA, FEB 13 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Prasar Bharati shortlists two journalists for top edit jobs KRISHN KAUSHIK NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 13 MOVING TO overhaul the national public broadcaster, the Prasar Bharati is said to have zeroed in on two journalists for editorial leadership positions in Doordarshan News and Prasar Bharati News Service under All India Radio. The Indian Express has learnt that a high-level committee has identified Siddharth Zarabi for Head of TV News in DD News and Abhijit Majumder for the position of Chief Editor, Prasar Bharati News Service (PBNS). Zarabi with 20 years of work experienceiscurrentlyExecutive Editorof BusinessTVIndiawhile MajumderisManagingEditorof Mail Today newspaper. The Prasar Bharati board is slated to meet February 15, confirmed a member of the board. Sources said the appointment of these two journalists and their salaries are likely to be taken up then. If the appointments go through, working under the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Denying Nehru his due BY ASHUTOSH VARSHNEY WORLD J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti pays tribute to Armymen killed in Sunjuwan attack, in Jammu. PTI Delhi-Pune, Delhi-Lucknow are now in top 10 air routes PRANAV MUKUL NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 13 OVER THE last decade, even as India’sairpassengertrafficmore than doubled, the pecking order of the top air routes on which people travel has largely stayed the same, with sectors such as Delhi-Mumbai-Delhi, DelhiBengaluru-Delhi and MumbaiBengaluru-Mumbai continuing totoptheroutesrankedinterms of number of seats deployed. RoutessuchasDelhi-Pune-Delhi have,however,climbedfromthe fifteenth place in 2007 to the sixth place in 2017 while the Delhi-Kolkata-Delhiroutescaled up to the fourth spot in 2017 from seventh in 2007, according to data sourced from civil aviation research firm OAG. The Delhi-Lucknow-Delhi route climbed four places from the seventeenth rank in 2007 to twelfth in 2017. HOW THE OTHERS FARED SECTOR 2017 RANKING Delhi-Mumbai-Delhi 1 Delhi-Bengaluru-Delhi 2 Mumbai-Bengaluru-Mumbai 3 Delhi-Kolkata-Delhi 4 Delhi-Hyderabad-Delhi 5 Incidentally, while many of thesectorsdidnotseesignificant changesintheirstandings,theabsolute number of seats deployed on each of the sectors hasgrownoverthepasttenyears. However, certain routes such as Delhi-Kolkata-Delhi,Delhi-PuneDelhi, Delhi-Ahmedabad-Delhi, Delhi-Lucknow-DelhiandDelhiHyderabad-Delhi, which witnessedasluggishgrowthtill2014, witnessed a spike in number of seats allocated in the following three years. The routes that moved down the pecking order include the 2017 SEATS 86.18lakh 48.23lakh 39.27lakh 36.87lakh 30.71lakh 2007 RANKING 1 4 2 6 7 2007 SEATS 62.92lakh 23.38lakh 33.14lakh 19.06lakh 19.04lakh Mumbai-Chennai-Mumbai route, down from the third highest number of seats in 2007 to the tenth place in 2017, the Mumbai-Ahmedabad-Mumbai sector (down from eighth in 2007 to the fifteenth place in 2017) and the Mumbai-KolkataMumbai sector (from twelfth place to the seventeenth). OAG provided The Indian Expresswithalistof top17routes operated by Indian airlines, domesticandinternational, interms ofseatsdeployedwhich,whilenot being the same as the actual CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Weeks after CPM said his days numbered, Youth Cong leader hacked to death in Kerala SHAJU PHILIP THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, FEBRUARY 13 A MONTH after CPI(M) workers raised slogans warning him that his “days were numbered”, a local Youth Congress leader was hacked to death in Kannur district late on Monday night. According to police, S P Shuhaib, 29, Youth Congress block secretary at Mattannur in Kannurdistrict,wasataroadside eatery at Edayannur, under S P Shuhaib Mattannur police station, when he was attacked by four men around 11.30 pm on Monday. Police said the men first hurled crude bombs, to create panic, before attacking Shuhaib with swords. According to sources, Shuhaib sustained over two dozen wounds. He was rushedtoahospitalinKozhikode, but died on the way. His friends, PPNoushadandRiyas,werealso injured in the attack. “Goingbythedetailswehave so far, it appears to be a political murder. However, we are yet to identify the gang involved in the killing,’’ said Kannur SP G Siva Vikram. Ministry plans ranking system for national sports federations NIHAL KOSHIE NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 13 10 12 THE NATIONAL Investigation Agency (NIA) has summoned Officer on Special Duty to Nagaland Chief Minister T R Zeliang and two of his office staff for questioning in connection with a case of alleged terror funding. The case pertains to alleged extortion by groups such as NSCN (K), NSCN (IM) and Naga National Council from at least 14 government departments. Coming days ahead of the elections in Nagaland, which Naga groups had asked political parties to boycott unless the peace accord is signed, this development has set off a political firestorm. Incidentally, Zeliang took over as CM from Neiphiu Rio whenbothwereintheNagaland People’s Front (NPF), after the latter went to the Lok Sabha as an MP from Nagaland in 2014. TheBJPhadbeeninalliancewith the NPF for almost 15 years. The BJP and the NPF are the ruling coalition in the state with two BJP ministers still part of the Cabinet. Infighting within the NPF meant that Rio broke away and formed the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP). The BJP, too, ended its alliance with NPF last week and formed a pre-poll alliance with CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FAREWELL THE MINISTRY of Youth Affairs and Sports is planning a ranking system for National Sports Federations (NSFs). Aimed at inculcating healthy competition between sports bodies, the rankings will be based on the federations’ administrative capability, transparency, talentspottingability,andmedalcount of athletes. The implementation of the sports code — which, among other things, bars officials over 70 years old — will also be an important yardstick. “This is the first time the sports ministry will attempt to put in place a system by which sportsfederationswillberanked or rated according to set parameters.Thesportsministrywillset up a committee for this purpose. The committee will comprise sportsadministrators,sportspersons and professionals from other fields, including chartered accountants and management experts,” said Sports Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar. According to the plan, the NSFswillberankedforthefinan- cialyear2017-18,andthelistwill be released by May. While the committee will conductitsownstudy,itwillalso ask NSFs to submit audited accounts, give details of how professional management practices have been implemented, and how effectively they have addressed players’ grievances. However, no call has been takenonwhetherfundsreleased to NSFs will be linked to the rankings. “Thereisnoplantolinkrankings with funding at the moment.Asof now,wewantthe CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala said Kannur was witnessing CPI(M)’s “red terrorism”. “CPI(M) has taken the law in its hands. Ever since the party came to power in 2016, there have been 21 political killings in Kannur. CPI(M) does not allow any other party to function. The killing is heinous and shocking,” he said, as he asked his party workers to “maintain restraint”. Denying the CPI(M)’s involvement, party district secretaryPJayarajansaid:“TheCPI(M) CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 UP P6 ● GOVT SAYS READY TO ROLL OUT NHPS IF IT GETS FUNDS 11 THEIDEASPAGE Why the roll call isn’t so innocent The move to impose student attendance at JNU is symptomatic of a larger administrative malaise PAGES 7, 9 JUSTICE ABHAY M THIPSAY SPEAKS OUT Failure of justice system in Sohrabuddin case, HC should relook: ex-judge Justice Thipsay, who ruled on four bail pleas in case, flags: ‘selective discharge of high-profile accused, abrupt transfers, questions over bail, pressure on witnesses to turn hostile’ MAYURA JANWALKAR & RUHI BHASIN MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 13 THE WAY several high-profile accused in the Sohrabuddin Shaikh alleged fake encounter case were discharged, the “absurd” inconsistencies in the legal process, signs of witnesses under pressure or threat, evidence of “mischief” — all pointtothe“failureof justiceand of the justice delivery system”. Theseareamongtheseriesof observations made by Justice AbhayMThipsay,aformerjudge of the Bombay High Court who ruled on four bail applications in the case, in an interview to The Indian Express (see page 6). Speaking out for the first time on the case since he retired last year as judge of the Allahabad High Court in March 2017, Justice Thipsay said the Bombay High Court must exercise its powers of revision, even suo-motu if necessary, to relook at the case. Describing as “absurd” the inconsistencies he found in orders passed by the special CBI court currently hearing the case in Mumbai, Thipsay said the court believed there was an abduction and a staged encounter but still discharged senior police officers. Several aspects of the case raise suspicion, he said, and are“contrarytocommonsense.” Retired Bombay HC Judge Abhay M Thipsay. Pradip Das ‘IHAVESEENDISCHARGE ORDERS,HCSHOULD EXAMINETHEM’ PAGE8 VIDEOOFINTERVIEW WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM Selective discharge of senior officers A number of accused were dischargedbyobservingthatthe evidence against them is weak but on the same evidence, the trial court found there is a case for proceeding against some of the accused. “The version of the same witness, as reflected in police statements, has been believed in the case of some accused and disbelieved in respect of others discharged,” said Justice Thipsay. “You believe that he (Shaikh) was abducted. You also believe that it was a fake encounter. You also believe that he was illegally kept in the farmhouse. And you don’t believe that Vanzara (then DIG Gujarat), Dinesh M N (then Rajasthan SP), or Rajkumar Pandiyan (then Gujarat SP) are involved in that. How could the constabulary or inspector-level officers have any contact with CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 On Govt drawing board: tool to hardsell soft power in diplomacy ANIL SASI NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 13 THE MODI government is working on developing a “soft power matrix”, a tool aimed at calibrating the effectiveness of India’s soft power outreach in dealings with neighbouring countries and leveraging it better as an operational instrument in India’s broader diplomatic doctrine. “The process of putting in place a soft power matrix is currently at a research stage and the government expects that this,whenready,wouldhelpfoster better diplomatic traction in India’s immediate neighbourhood and beyond,” a government official said. Thearticulationof India’ssoft power abroad is currently being donethroughtheIndianCouncil for Cultural Relations (ICCR), with some 36 foreign cultural centres working to promote artistic and cultural traditions througharangeof activitiessuch as Festivals of India abroad. Theproposedmatrixisbeing developed to calibrate outreach efforts such as the propagation of Gandhian values and philosophy, the strength of the Mumbai film industry, educational scholarships extended by the Ministry of External Affairs, extending humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to help CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR USWILLINGTO TALKWITH NORTHKOREA: MOONJAE-IN US LINKS $80 MILLION DEFENCE AID TO PAKISTAN’S ACTION AGAINST TERRORISM IG TO FATHER OF THREE, ALL WANT TO ADOPT ABANDONED BABY ANAND MOHAN J MORADABAD, FEBRUARY 13 SHE WAS found crying in a heap of garbage near the Moradabad highway.Thesix-month-oldgirl, dressed in a pink sweater and red trousers, had no name. Since then, her photographs have been splashed across local news channels, Facebook posts and WhatsApp groups in Moradabad, prompting more than 80 people — including a fatherofthreesons,anIG-rankCISF officer from Delhi, a chemist and several residents of Bhikanpur Kulwara — to dial the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) and localpolice,offeringtoadopther. Far removed from Moradabad, the girl sleeps in a cot at the state-run orphanage, Rajkiya Bal Griha, in Rampur. Officials at the lone orphanage for 13 districts in Uttar Pradesh, which houses 35 children, say thegirlcannotbeadoptedforthe next two months, until the CWC holds a committee meeting and deems it fit. With police yet to track her parents, she has been given a name by the orphanage, Pari. “We name every child who comes here. She is a very beautiful girl... bilkul pari jaisi dikhti hai,” says Rakesh, the orphanage in-charge. Pari was found last Friday morning by Zayda, a resident of Bhikanpur Kulwara. Her neighbour, Salim, fed her milk meant for his eight-month-old son until police arrived. Zayda thought she would get to keep the girl. She smiled for photographs, posing with local police, until the infant was taken away fromher.“ItoldthemIhadfound her. They took her from me, and now the police are questioning us... The CWC people told me I have to register online to adopt the girl,” says Zayda. Meanwhile, police are inves- The orphanage in Rampur has named her ‘Pari’. Gajendra Yadav tigating phone calls received at theorphanage,claimingthatthe girl is from Dehradun. “There were some calls made to the orphanage,withthecallerclaiming to know her parents. We do not know if they are prank calls,” says Station Officer (Kundarki) Dheeraj Solanki. CWCchairman(Moradabad) Gulzar Ahmed says this is the first case of an abandoned child in Moradabad in the past two years. He says he thought Zayda would be the only person wanting to keep her. “But my team has got more than 80 calls. In fact, Igotover60calls,askingme to hand over the girl for adop- tion,” he says. The first among the callers was an IG-rank officer deputed withtheCISFandrecentlyposted at Delhi. The officer, who has a daughter and a son in Classes X and IX, called up Ahmad and soughttoadoptthegirl.“Mywife has been after me ever since she sawthegirl’sface...Wearetrying. My wife says she will not spare me if the girl goes to a bad home. We have a good home for the baby,” says the officer. Orphanage authorities say they will update the child’s details with the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA). CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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