JAIPUR,LATECITY FEBRUARY25,2018 16+6(EYE)PAGES,`5.00 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA SUNDAY STORY PAGE 7 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 8-9 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 PNB FRAUD ED writes to 16 more banks on loans taken by Nirav Modi, Choksi Gujarat Healthcare Special A RED initiative appears in today’s edition of The Indian Express. This magazine is an initiative of the marketing solutions team of The Indian Express Group and contains content paid for by advertisers. The magazine should be read as advertisement. For some, it’s ‘hum do, hamare 19’: BJP MLA CBI looks at other PNB officials, grills top execs Many loans close to NPAs, bank losses could go up to Rs 20,000 cr EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 24 DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 24 THE ENFORCEMENT Directorate 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 Vikram Kothari, the main accused in alleged Rotomac scam, at the CBI court in Lucknow on Saturday. Vishal Srivastav collaterals offered and the form and nature of the loans. “We are at present seeking information from banks which havegivenbiggerloans.Wehave learntthattheseloanshavebeen granted at collaterals which are just 12 per cent of the total value of the loans. We want to see on what basis these loans were granted and whether these are 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 uncle Mehul Choksi. Thetwotopexecutivesof the bank,sourcessaid,werequizzed on the regulatory processes, checks and balances and auditing schedules in place at PNB to monitor its finances and loans, astheCBIlooksintoinvolvement of other officials in one of India’s largest bank fraud cases. MORE REPORT, PAGE 3 CJI bench to hear 3-judge bench matter on March 6 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE LUCKNOW, FEBRUARY 24 THE BJP MLA from Khatauli in Muzaffarnagar, Vikram Singh Saini, has said that the family planning ideal of “hum do, hamaredo”shouldbeappliedto those who now follow the principle of “hum do, hamare 25”, and demanded that Hindus should be allowed to produce more children until a law is passed to control the country’s population. Saini, who entered the Uttar Pradesh Assembly for the first time in the BJP wave of 2017, had beenchargedundertheNational Security Act, and had spent a year in jail in connection with the Muzaffarnagar riots, in which more than 60 people were killed in AugustSeptember 2013. Saini spoke at a programme organised by an NGO, Rashtra Nirman Sanghatan (RNS), to promote family planning at Muzaffarnagar town’s Shiv crossing on Friday. The event was part of a “Bharat Bachao Maha Rath Yatra”, which has the slogan “Hum Do, Hamare Do, to Sabke Do”, and which started from Kashmir on February 18 to reach Muzaffarnagar on Friday. Saini said he had asked his wife to keep producing children. In the video of the speech, which has gone viral on social media, the MLA is heard saying, “Saathiyon, abhiyaan to bahut badhiya hai. Hum do, hamare do, hum sabke do. Yeh pehle bhi naara chala tha, Hum Do, Hamare Do. Humne to maan liya. Hamare bahut se log to ek par hi atak gaye. Hum do, hamara ek. (Friends, the campaign is good. We have accepted it, and many among us have stopped at just one (child).)” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 The CBI FIR so far names two PNB employees, Gokulnath ShettyandManojKharat,posted at its Brady House branch in Mumbai, over the allegedly fraudulentissueof 293Lettersof Understanding, to Modi and Choksi between 2011 and 2018. Officials point out that it is improbable that a fraud of this proportion could have gone undetectedforsolongifofficershigher up the ranks were not involved. Sources said the PNB CMD and ExecutiveDirector had been questioned regarding this. On Friday, the CBI also questioned two general manager CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 24 V AULTING 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. Cattle sales at Rajasthan fairs last year: 8 in Pushkar, 6 in Bharatpur Delayed over tablets, livestock census may finally begin in July 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 heads.AttheBharatpurfair,held in September-October, six cattle heads were sold. DatacompiledbyRajasthan’s Department of Animal Husbandry shows an over 90 per cent drop between 2012-13 and 2016-17 in cattle sales at Rajasthan’s nine state-level livestockfairs,withthedataforApril At Pushkar fair. 90% drop in sales at fairs since 2012-13 2017 to January 2018, for five of the nine fairs — accessed by The Sunday Express — painting an evenmorealarmingpicture.The figuresfortheotherfourfairsare CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PARTHA SARATHI BISWAS & HARISH DAMODARAN PUNE, NEW DELHI, FEB 24 DELAYED FOR the first time since 2002, the five-yearly livestockcensuswillnowhappenno later than July, a senior official of the Union Department of Animal Husbandy, Dairying and Fisheries (DAHDF) said. The main reason the 20th Livestock Census — a once in five years, nationwide headcount of livestock as well as poultry, dogs and rabbits — could not be undertakenasperschedulein2017 was, ironically, the Centre’s Digital India initiative. It was to be the first census where field data was to be collected using computer tablets. “Inthepreviouscensuses,the enumerator manually entered the data at the village/urban CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE DEBATE over a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court overruling another three-judge bench in a land acquisition matter on February 8 will now be consideredbyafive-judgebench of the court. The five-judge bench comprising Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan will hear on March 6 two cases that were likely to be impacted by the February 8 order.Thesematterswerereferred toCJIMisrabytwoseparatetwojudge benches on February 22 with a request to refer it to an “appropriate” or “larger” bench for resolution. The Supreme Court website shows that the matters have beenlistedbeforethefivejudges on March 6. On February 21, a bench of Justices Madan B Lokur, Kurian Joseph and Deepak Gupta had virtually stayed the operation of the February 8 order delivered by a bench of Justices Arun Mishra, A K Goel and Mohan M Shantanagoudar in a matter relatedtotheIndoreDevelopment Authority. The order said that compensation not availed of within a stipulated five-year periodcouldnotbegroundforcancellation of land acquisition. In arriving at this conclusion, the Justice Arun Mishra-led bench, by a majority of 2-1, also CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Uri villagers moved out among heavy shelling, panic over Pak announcements BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, FEBRUARY 24 AMIDSTTHEmostintensecrossborder 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 theareaalongtheLineof Control since Thursday, and by Saturday evening, around a thousand villagers had moved to Uri town as the administration moved in to calm scared villagers. An alert was sounded for two power projects operating in the region, asking officials to take necessary precautions. As the Indian troops “retaliated with force” to the Pakistani shelling, for the first time since the 2013 ceasefire, artillery fire was seen in the Uri sector. There hasbeenregularexchangeof fire and mortars between the two sides here since Monday, with the Line of Control (LoC) falling silent in the Jammu region for the past few days. ShellingbeganfromPakistan side around 11.30 am on Saturday, hitting the three bordervillagesof Churanda,Silikote and Tilawari in Uri, and leaving severalhousesdamaged.Silikote villagers said that soon after, there was an announcement overaloudspeakerbysuspected Pakistanisoldiersaskingthemto vacate their houses. “They asked us to vacate our houses by 12.30 pm,” said a villager.“Thiscreatedpanicandwe started leaving 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 tocreatefear,”hetoldTheSunday Express. Thegovernmentusedambulances as well as deployed private vehicles to evacuate the villagers. Naqash said the villagers had “voluntarily” shifted out to accommodationprovidedbythe government at Uri town, in a higher secondary school. “The situation is tense,” said Sub-Divisional Magistrate Dr Sagar D. “Around 7,000-8,000 people are affected. We have evacuated around a thousand people.” While the Army refused to comment on the announcements made from across the border, it accused Pakistan of violating the ceasefire. “There was unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan in the Uri sector. Our troops are retaliating,” Defence spokesmanColRajeshKaliasaid. To put Pak on terror funding watchlist, US nudged Saudi, cut deal with China SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 24 THECONFUSIONoverPakistan’s ‘grey list’ status on terror financing emanated from a new technical process of nomination, but ithasnotearnedthecountryany reprieve. Pakistan’s name was was missing from the official outcome statement issued on Friday evening at the end of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) plenary meeting in Paris. Being on the FATF’s watchlist willleadtoPakistanbeingplaced in June in either the ‘black list’ or the ‘grey list’ of countries with strategic deficiencies posing a risktotheinternationalfinancial system.Islamabad’snomination came after a sudden turn of events on Thursday evening, whenitsprincipalbackers,China and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), did a turnaround and supported the US-led move against the country. Pakistan currently does not feature on FATF’s updated ‘grey list’, which was issued on Friday along with the FATF statement. The ‘grey list’ is a list of “Jurisdictionswithstrategicantimoney laundering/countering the financing of terrorism deficiencies for which they have developed an action plan with the FATF”. Pakistan does not figure in thelistbecauseithasnot“developed an action plan with the FATF”. An Action Plan, as per the existing norms of FATF, is developed only after a country’s ‘Mutual Evaluation’, or an indepth study of its financial system, is carried out by the FATF. After the Mutual Evaluation of Pakistan was completed, it was put on the ‘grey list’ in 2012 to follow the action plan suggested by FATF. Pakistan was taken off the ‘grey list’ in 2015, after the FATF was satisfied that it had done enough to counter terror financing. FATF is starting the next Mutual Evaluation of Pakistan in April, which is expectedtotakeatleast18months of study, followed by another 12 months of analysis. An Action Plan for overcoming ‘strategic deficiencies’wouldbesuggested 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. 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 cricket team World Cup. It surprised many in the BCCI that he was ready to take a cut on 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. Jaipur Addressing a press conference on returning from New Zealand, Dravid had said he credited the success of the team to the entire support staff which 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.”
Indian Express Limited is an Indian news media publishing company. It publishes several widely circulated dailies, including The Indian Express and The Financial Express in English, the Loksatta in Marathi and the Jansatta in Hindi.