TheIndian EXPRESS LATECITY, 18 PAGES, JAIPUR, `4.00 ● TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA 17 MONTHS BEFORE PNB SCANDAL RBI had cautioned against SWIFT abuse at Union Bank — just in time EXPRESS NETWORK ● IN JAIL VIDEOS, REGAR SAYS HE FACES THREAT INSIDE PRISON ● PIL CLAIMS PADMAAVAT FILM GLORIFIES SATI, PAGE 5 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY 7 WORLD $170 m debited from Union Bank of India via SWIFT by malware but was recovered NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 19 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PAKISTAN RELUCTANTTO ACTAGAINST HAFIZSAEED NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 19 A sealed showroom of Mehul Choksi’s Nakshatra in Kolkata on Monday. Partha Paul 8 How come no one noticed for 7 years, CVC asks PNB THE EDITORIAL PAGE DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 19 Ease of doing scams BY UDAYAN MUKHERJEE ANOTHER REPORT PAGE 4 MUZAMIL JALEEL NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 19 YAMEEN TIGHTENS GRIP AS SUPREME COURT REVERSES ORDER Another judge posting splits Supreme Court SUSHANT SINGH & ANANTHAKRISHNAN G CENTRAL VIGILANCE Commissioner K V Chowdary, who held a meeting Monday with top officials of Punjab National Bank, asked them to conduct a thorough investigation into the Rs 11,400-crore NiravModicaseandsubmitareport in ten days. China expanding its role in J&K, has adopted Jaish: state Minister JAMMU AND Kashmir Public Works Minister and official spokesman of the J&K Government Naeem Akhtar has said that China is on its way to assuming a “much bigger role in Kashmir” and the Jaish-eMohammad, the group responsible for most of the attacks, has been veritably “adopted” by JAN 10 COLLEGIUM MEETING SC’s Justice A K Goel ‘disagrees’ with proposal to elevate Punjab & Haryana judge Surya Kant as chief of Himachal ANIL SASI SEVENTEEN MONTHS before the Punjab National Bank loan scandal became public, there was an attempt to defraud another public sector bank, the Union Bank of India, by abusing the SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication)messaging system. The situation was “salvaged post event without any apparent monetary loss”. This incident took place in July 2016 and “preventive measures” were supposed to have been taken by banks thereafter. Moreover, in January 2017, S S Mundra, the then Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India, specifically flagged risks from the abuse of the SWIFT platform at a seminar on financial crimes in the presence of banking sector representatives. “We have already witnessed an attempt to defraud a bank by abusing the SWIFT messaging system which thankfully could be salvaged post event without any apparent monetary loss,” he JOURNALISM OF COURAGE Naeem Akhtar Beijing. It’s the “growing influence of China” which has made it imperative to engage with Pakistan, he said. “Unlike earlier, the great game is literally being played inside Kashmir,” Akhtar, a senior PDP leader, told The Indian Express. “The Kashmir issue isn’t limited to the fight between India and Pakistan now. There is another major factor involved. It isn’t Pakistan alone, it is Chinatoo.General(BipinRawat) said that the Army is ready to fight on both fronts. But there aren’t two fronts anymore. Now it is one single front, circling CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Sources said the CVC asked PNB officials to investigate how the irregularities went undetected for seven years given that auditswereconductedeachyear. Healsoaskedofficialstoreassess regulatory mechanisms and the vigilance apparatus in place. “At present, it is being said that the entire scam was engineered by delinquent officials. But we will not know if more CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NETWORK TWO DAYS after the Supreme Court Collegium recommended the appointment of Punjab & Haryana High Court judge Surya Kant as Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court, Supreme Court judge Justice A K Goel sent a letter to Chief Justice Dipak Misra putting on record his “respectful disagreement with the proposal.” Justice Goel’s opinion was soughtbytheCJIashehasserved in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. In legal parlance, Justice Goel is a “consultee judge” — consultee judges are SC judges who need not be members of the collegium but their views are taken regardingtheelevationof judges from the High Courts they have servedearlier.Theopinionof the consultee judges, while important, isn’t binding but are sent to the Government along with the recommendation. NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 19 SHOW AT GANDHINAGAR RAILWAY STN, PAGE 5 The nomination of Justice Surya Kant sought to supersede Justice A K Mittal, his brother judge in the Punjab & Haryana High Court who is senior to him. This was noted in the minutes of the January 10 meeting of the Collegium uploaded on the Supreme Court website: “Though Mr Justice A K Mittal is senior to Justice Surya Kant in the seniority of judges of the Punjab & Haryana High Court, having regard to all relevant factors and since we consider Mr Justice Surya Kant more suitable than Mr Justice A.K. Mittal, we are not recommending name of the latter, for the present, for appointment as Chief Justice.” The Indian Express has learnt thatintheJanuary10meetingof the Collegium, which consists of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE VISITING Prime Minister of Canada,JustinTrudeau,oftenreferred to as “Justin Singh” for his outreach to the Sikh community in Canada, will meet Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh in Amritsar on Wednesday. “Look forward to meeting Canadian Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau in Amritsar on Wednesday.I’mhopefulthatthis meetingwillhelpstrengthenthe close Indo-Canadian business ties as well as the deep-rooted people-to-people relations between our two countries,” Singh tweeted on Monday evening. The agenda is “open-ended”, said a source in the government. “We expect concerns and sensitivitiesfromtheIndiansidetobe conveyed appropriately. He will meet Prime Minister Narendra At Express Adda today: Jaya Bachchan could be Tabu on what drives her Didi’s nominee in RS ANIRUDDHA GHOSAL in changing industry NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 19 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE THE TRINAMOOL Congress is likely to nominate actor and SamajwadiParty(SP)leaderJaya Bachchan as its candidate from West Bengal to Rajya Sabha, sources said. Jaya Bachchan’s third term in the Upper House comes to an end on April 3. A senior Trinamool Congress leader confirmed that Bachchan was a frontrunner for the nomination. The formal announcementwouldbemadeafterparty chief Mamata Banerjee takes a final decision, the leader added. “The official announcement is likely to be made around March 18,” the leader said. Fifty-eight MPs will retire from Rajya Sabha in April. Ten seats will fall vacant from Uttar Pradesh, which is expected to bring the BJP — which won 312 NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 19 SHE STARTED her career in mainstream Bollywood when it was at its worst — the Nineties. Not only did she survive that era butalsoeffortlesslyshiftedgears as the industry evolved, emerging as one of the finest actors in the country. Over the last 25 years as an actor, Tabu has to her credit two National Awards, a Padma Shri and a filmography that includes acclaimed Hollywood projects such as The Namesake and Life of Pi. Tabu will be the guest at the Express Adda in New Delhi Tuesday and will engage in conversation with Deputy Editor CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Her term ends on April 3 of the 403 Assembly seats last year — major gains. The SP, which Bachchan now represents, has the numbers to win only one seat. “Four of our MP seats are to be vacated, and a number of people are lobbying. Atleast two new nominees will be seen in the Upper House,” said another source in the Trinamool. Bachchan, it is learnt had begun “sending feelers” to Mamata soonaftertheUPAssemblyelection results. “Jaya Bachchan’s Bengali roots and her continued popularityinthestatemakesher anidealcandidate.Herhusband, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR NO MORE SARIS, WOMEN ATHLETES TO WEAR BLAZERS-TROUSERS AT CWG MIHIR VASAVDA NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 19 INDIAN WOMEN athletes will sport a new look at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast in Australia on April 4. Instead of their usual saris and blazers, they will be wearing blazers and trousers. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has decided thattheentireIndiancontingent, bothmenandwomen,willwear navy blue blazers and trousers. “It is a comfort thing,” said IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta. “We got feedback that wearing a sari for such a long timeisn’tconvenientfortheathletes. Opening ceremonies usually last for four-five hours. Also, they need help to wear it, which complicates things for them. So we have decided that men and womenwillwearsimilarclothes for the ceremony.” India’s wardrobe choices at the opening ceremonies of global events have been a topic of discussion for several years. Many women athletes have repeatedly complained about the unwritten dress code that forces At the Commonwealth Games in 2010 them to wear a blazer over the sari. Before the 2016 Rio games, many athletes had voiced their dislike of the opening ceremony HAMZA KHAN JAIPUR, FEBRUARY 19 RAJASTHAN CHIEF Minister Vasundhara Raje Monday announced the withdrawal of a controversial Bill that sought to gag the media and shield judges and government servants from being investigated. The Bill was referred to a Select Committee in the Rajasthan Assembly after protests by the Opposition, journalists and lawyers. In a reply to the Budget debate in the Assembly, Raje said: “Jis Bill ko humne Select Committee ko refer kiya, jis Ordinance ko lapse hone diya, aaj jo woh kanoon he nahi, toh hum kya waapas len. Phir bhi hum ise wapas le rahe hain (We sent the Bill to the Select Committee, we let the ordinance lapse and today it is not law, what should we withdraw? But we have still withdrawn it).” The Bill sought to replace the Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance, 2017, which was promulgated on September 6, 2017 by Governor Kalyan Singh. The state government tabled a Bill, to replace the Ordinance, on October 23. The Ordinance, and then the Bill, prohibited investigation withoutpriorsanctionagainst“a Judge or a Magistrate or a public servant” - acting or former - for any“actdonebythemwhileacting or purporting to act in the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Trudeau to meet Punjab CM Captain Amarinder tomorrow SHUBHAJIT ROY ● IT’S ALL-WOMEN Justice Surya Kant Rajasthan withdraws Bill to gag media uniform. “The whole purpose is defeated. Wearing your national attire and representing your country, I can’t explain the feeling. But that blazer is a big no,” JwalahadtoldTheIndianExpress. “We should go with the world. We don’t need to be ‘oh we’re traditional and we don’t want to change’,” she had said. “If you were a European countryortheUS,howmanyoptions would you have? But we are spoilt for choice... Even our salwar-kurtaisaswesternasyou make it and as Indian as you make it,” Aparna Popat, a double Olympian, had said. Jaipur Modi on Friday for bilateral talks,” said the source. Sources told The Indian Express that the Canadian High Commission was initially hesitant about scheduling a meeting with Singh. Trudeau, after landinginDelhionSaturday,tookthe call to reach out for a meeting. In the past, Singh has alleged that some of Trudeau’s cabinet ministers are Khalistani sympathisers. He has also said that the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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