AHMEDABAD,LATE CITY FEBRUARY 25, 2018 20+6 (EYE) PAGES, ` 5.00 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA SUNDAY STORY PAGE 9 BIG PICTURE WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM For six decades, Surender Mohan Pathak has run his enterprise with elan. The crime writer on his autobiography, his life before fame and why he never feels the need to travel too far PAGES 10-11 J&K-Delhi tightrope Behind the baaja, baraat Polls are on hold, violence on the rise and there is little PDP, BJP agree on. 3 yrs after they formed govt, a look at what keeps them together A murder brings the spotlight on wedding bandwallahs, a dwindling group that comes together at night Panic in Uri amid heaviest shelling in 15 years, Pakistan tells LoC villagers to flee with force” to the Pakistani shelling, for the first time since the 2013 ceasefire, artillery fire was seen in the Uri sector. There have been regular exchanges of fire and mortar between the two sides here since Monday, with the Line of Control (LoC) falling silent in the Jammu region for the past few days. Shelling began from the Pakistan side around 11.30 am on Saturday, hitting the three border villages of Churanda, Silikote and Tilawari in Uri, and leaving several houses damaged. Silikote villagers said that soon after, there was an announcement over a loudspeaker by suspected Pakistani soldiers asking them to vacate their houses. “They asked us to vacate our houses by 12.30 pm,” said a villager. “This created panic and we started moving out of the villages.” Deputy Commissioner, Baramulla, Nasir Naqash confirmed hearing about the announcements from the Pakistan side. “This could be a military strategy. This could be a strategy to create fear,” he told The Sunday Express. Official sources told The Sunday Express that Pakistan has been attempting to enlarge the area of its ceasefire violations on the LoC, which was earlier restricted to south of the Pir Panjal range. But as the Indian Army has adopted a proactive stance south of the range, putting Pakistani soldiers under pressure, Pakistan is taking action in areas such as Uri. Sources said that the low volume of snowfall received this summer has also meant that CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In breaking of ice, Foreign Secy visits China; Pak on table CBI looks at role of other officials To put terror lens on Pak, US nudged Saudi, cut China deal EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE SRINAGAR, NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 24 V AULTING SUCCESS Aruna Budda Reddy (right) after winning bronze at the women’s vault event at the Gymnastics World Cup in Melbourne, becoming the first Indian to win an individual medal at the championship. REPORT, PAGE 19 PNB FRAUD PM Narendra Modi arrives at Surat airport for his two-day visit to south Gujarat, on Saturday. PTI Daman, Diu get air link, slew of schemes worth Rs 1,000 crore KAMAAL SAIYED DAMAN, FEBRUARY 24 PRIME MINISTER Narendra Nodi launched several development programmes worth Rs 1,000 crore in Daman and Diu on Saturday. He said these projects will boost tourism and help the common man in the Union territory. The PM also inaugurated Air Odisha’s flight connecting Ahmedabad with Diu under the Centre’s regional connectivity scheme UDAN. Modi also launched helicopter services between Daman and Diu — to be operated by Pawan Hans Ltd — at an event here. “The air connectivity will boost tourism as tourists who want to visit the Somnath temple, Gir forest (in Gujarat) can now go (there) from Diu,” Modi said. The chopper service is expected to reduce the 16-hour distance between the two Union territories by road to an hour by flight. Modi flew to Daman from Surat in a chopper to inaugurate the flights and will be back in Surat on Sunday evening to launch the night marathon — Run for New India. Daman and Diu are known watering holes, especially for those from Gujarat, which is a dry state. Many industries in Daman remained closed on Saturday on account of the event CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ED writes to 16 more banks on loans taken by Nirav, Choksi Many loans close to NPAs, bank losses could go up to Rs 20,000 cr at PNB, grills senior executives EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 24 DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 24 THE ENFORCEMENTDirectorate has expanded its probe against diamantaires Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi to include loans taken by them from 16 other banks over the past few years, apart from the Punjab National Bank. This may take the quantum of alleged losses caused by them to banks to nearly Rs 20,000 crore, said sources. ED Director Karnal Singh has written to the banks for details of the loans given to the two, the present status of the loans, the collaterals offered, and the form and nature of the loans. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE CBI on Saturday questioned the Punjab National Bank’s Chairman and Managing Director Sunil Mehta and Executive Director K V Brahmaji Rao in connection with the alleged Rs 11,400 crore fraud being investigated against Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi. The two top executives of the bank, sources said, were quizzed on the regulatory processes, checks and balances and auditing schedules in place at PNB to monitor its finances and loans, as the CBI looks into involvement of other officials in one of India’s largest bank fraud cases. The CBI FIR so far names two PNB employees, Gokulnath PNB officials leaving the CBI office in Mumbai on Saturday after questioning. Karma Sonam Bhutia Shetty and Manoj Kharat, posted at its Brady House branch in Mumbai, over the allegedly fraudulent issue of 293 Letters of Understanding, to Modi and Choksi between 2011 and 2018. Officials point out that it is im- probable that a fraud of this proportion could have gone undetected for so long ifofficers higher CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RELATED REPORT, P 7 AMIDST THEmost intense crossborder shelling in the Uri sector in Kashmir since 2003, on now for nearly a week, fresh panic was set off on Saturday following announcements from the Pakistan side asking Uri villagers to vacate their houses. Evacuation has been on in the area along the Line of Control since Thursday, and by Saturday evening, around a thousand villagers had moved to Uri town as the administration moved in to calm nervous villagers. An alert was sounded for two power projects operating in the region, asking officials to take necessary precautions. As Indian troops “retaliated SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 24 SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 24 IN THE first stand-alone visit by the Indian Foreign Secretary to China after the Doklam crisis was resolved, Vijay Gokhale quietly paid a visit to Beijing on Friday, with the two sides agreeing on a roadmap for the coming year, including discussions on visits by respective foreign ministers and other officials. Sources said that the brief for Gokhale, a fluent Mandarin speaker who had played a key role in the disengagement at Doklam, was to lay the ground for normalising India-China ties, which have been strained recently, ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s likely visit to Qingdao in China in June this year for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit. Gokhale was in Beijing on the day China lifted its objections to First stand-alone visit by Foreign Secy since Doklam grey-listing of Pakistan with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) over terror financing, in a major achievement for Delhi. Sources said the FATF was on the table in the talks the Foreign Secretary held in Beijing, apart from other contentious issues such as Maldives, Masood Azhar and the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), and scheduling of working level meetings. The Indian Embassy in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PAKISTAN FOUND itself on the watchlist of the global terror financing watchdog on Friday evening after a dramatic volte face by two of its three principal backers. After the United States negotiated with China, and got Saudi Arabia to lean on the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on Thursday, only Turkey was left standing with Pakistan as the plenary meeting of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) ended in Paris. Being on the FATF’s watchlist means Pakistan can be placed in either the “black list” or the “grey list” of countries with strategic deficiencies posing a risk to the international financial system. The FATF is an intergovernmental organisation founded at the initiative of the Group of 7 to establish standards for the effective implementation of legal, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Cattle sales at Rajasthan fairs last year: 8 in Pushkar, 6 in Bharatpur HAMZA KHAN JAIPUR, FEBRUARY 24 AMONG THE country’s most well-known livestock fairs, the Pushkar fair held in OctoberNovember last year saw sale of just eight govansh, or cattle head. At the Bharatpur fair, held in September-October, six cattle head were sold. Data compiled by Rajasthan’s Department of Animal Husbandry show an over 90 per cent drop between 2012-13 and 2016-17 in cattle sales at Rajasthan’s nine state-level livestock fairs, with the data for April CRASHING NUMBERS 2012-13 APRIL 2017-JAN 2018 54,423 cattle brought to Rajasthan’s 9 fairs, of which 37,249 sold 1,888 cattle brought to 5 fairs for which figures available, 460 sold ■ PUSHKAR: 4,270 cattle brought, 2,248 sold ■ PUSHKAR: 161 cattle brought, 8 sold ■ BHARATPUR: 6,413 cattle brought, 4,697 sold ■ BHARATPUR: 325 cattle brought, 6 sold 2017 to January 2018, for five of the nine fairs — accessed by The Sunday Express — painting an even more alarming picture. The figures for the other four fairs for 2017-18 are yet to be compiled or these are still to be held, including two which see the maximum trade in livestock. The decline coincides with a crackdown on cow smuggling in Rajasthan, apart from imposition of more stringent rules for cattle transportation and instances of cow vigilantism. In 2012-13, 54,423 cattle (the official umbrella term in Rajasthan for cow, calf, heifer, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Delayed over availability of computer tabs, livestock census may begin in July PARTHA SARATHI BISWAS & HARISH DAMODARAN PUNE, NEW DELHI, FEB 24 DELAYED FOR the first time since 2002, the five-yearly livestock census will now happen no later than July, a senior official of the Union Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries (DAHDF) said. The main reason that the 20th Livestock Census — a once in five years, nationwide headcount of livestock as well as poultry, dogs and rabbits — could not be undertaken as per schedule in 2017 was, ironically, the Centre’s Digital India initiative. It was to be the first census where field data were to be collected using computer tablets. “In the previous censuses, the enumerator manually entered the data at the village/urban ward level and submitted it to supervisor in the particular block or taluka. This process of manual entry and first-level verification of the collected information, before its transfer to the district and further scrutiny/validation at the state headquarters, was timeconsuming. The tablets were meant to shorten the exercise, by allowing real-time monitoring of data at field level and also faster correction of human errors creeping in during manual CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 As The Wall stands firm, staff get bigger awards, others recognised DEVENDRA PANDEY MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 24 RAHUL DRAVID’s sense of fairplay has brought some extra money to the support staff of India’s World Cup-winning under-19 team, and to the family of a trainer who passed away while on duty with the team last year. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has accepted the head coach’s demand for parity in the cash rewards announced after the U-19 team’s triumph earlier this month. The Indian Express had reported on February 7 that Dravid had expressed reservations about accepting Rs 50 lakh when members of the support staff had got Rs 20 lakh each, and the players Rs 30 lakh each. He had asked for the removal of discrimination in the rewards offered to members of the coaching staff. According to a revised list of cash awards, every member of the coaching staff, including Dravid, will receive Rs 25 lakh, it is learnt. The BCCI has also ex- tended the list of beneficiaries by including members of the support staff who were part of the team’s almost year-long preparation leading up to the World Cup. This decision qualifies the family of team trainer Rajesh Savant, who died last year, to receive the victory incentive. “From the time the award was announced, Dravid wasn’t happy with him getting much more than others. He informed the Board that he felt that every member had played an equal role in the team winning the Dravid with Prithvi Shaw, captain of under-19 team. Archive World Cup. It surprised many in the BCCI that he was ready to take a cut in his own earning,” a Board member said on condition of anonymity. During a meeting with BCCI chief executive officer Rahul Johri in Mumbai on February 14, the Indian batting legend was firm that he would not budge from his stance on equal rewards for all support staff. He also floated the idea of rewarding even those who weren’t in the tour party in New Zealand for the January 13 to February 3 ICC event, but had been with the team earlier. Those who will now receive cash awards of Rs 25 lakh are bowling coach Paras Mhambrey, fielding coach Abhay Sharma, physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar, trainer Anand Date, masseur Mangesh Gaikwad, and video analyst Devraj Raut. The five additions to the list are that of W V Raman, who was the coach when the under-19 team toured England, logistics managers Manuj Sharma and Sumeet Malahapurkar, trainer Amogh Pandit, and the late trainer Rajesh Savant. Addressing a press conference on returning from New Zealand, Dravid had said he credited the success of the team to the entire support staff who had worked hard behind the scenes. He had gently pointed out the disparity: “It’s a bit embarrassing at times because I tend to get a lot of attention and focus, but it is really about the support staff and the quality of people that we’ve had. I don’t want to mention names but everyone in the support staff has put in a great effort. We do the best for the kids.”
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