TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, JAIPUR, `4.00 ● MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA Sridevi dies at 54 after cardiac arrest in Dubai, final rites in Mumbai today Veteran actor was at wedding of relative, fell ill in hotel room EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 25 INSIDE ● SUSPECTED COW SMUGGLER RUN OVER IN ALWAR ● PM: ENSURE WOMEN’S PARTICIPATION IN ALL FIELDS, P3 9 THEIDEASPAGE Lawmakers with perks The long list of exemptions has made the office of profit a farce. Need to debate this issue afresh VETERAN ACTOR Sridevi, with a career spanning five decades, died of a cardiac arrest in Dubai in the early hours of Sunday. The54-year-oldwasinDubai for the wedding of Mohit Marwah, a nephew of her husband and film producer Boney Kapoor. Sridevi is survived by Kapoor and their two daughters Janhvi and Khushi. According to reports, Sridevi was staying at Jumeirah EmiratesTowerhotel,whereshe suffered a stroke and lost consciousness in the bathroom late on Saturday night. She was rushed to Rashid Hospital, whereshewasdeclareddeadon arrival. Her body was then handed to forensic experts. According to officials at the Indian Consulate in Dubai, Sridevi’sautopsywasconducted SundayattheAlQusaisHospital. Boney Kapoor is expected to accompany the body to Mumbai late evening on a chartered aircraft. The final rites will be conducted on Monday morning. Boney Kapoor’s brother Sanjay Kapoor, who reached Dubai early Sunday morning, told a local new portal that the family is in shock at Sridevi’s sudden death. “She had no history of a heart ailment,” he said. Sanjay Kapoor, who was also at the wedding, flew back to Mumbai with other members of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE INDIAN Institutes of Technology (IITs) will corner the largest chunk of loans on offer under the new funding model — Revitalising Infrastructure and Systems in Education (RISE) — for all centrally-run institutes, announced in the Union Budget this month. NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 25 Fans outside Sridevi’s residence in Mumbai on Sunday. Vignesh Krishnamoorthy She was 24 karats, first female superstar of Bollywood SHUBHRA GUPTA NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 25 WITHTHEpassingof Sridevi,we have lost not just a great star. We have lost the part of our innocence which effortlessly conjured up magic cloaks and invisible superheroes: the spell was cast by Miss Hawa Hawaaii, who spun and pirouetted and “giraoed bijli”, and created a happy symphony for all times. When Shekhar Kapoor’s ‘Mr India’cameoutin1987,andgave us the immortal Miss Hawa Hawaai, Sridevi was already in need of a makeover. It was in 1983 that she made her real Bollywood splash with the pulpy ‘Himmatwala’ with Jeetendra, a Hindi film with its 7 WORLD CHINA MOVES TO CROWN XI FOREVER In an unprecedented move, China’s ruling Communist Party Sunday prepared the ground for President Xi Jinping to stay in power indefinitely after the end of his second term in 2022 as it proposed to remove presidential term limits from the party’s Constitution. WHAT THEY WILL GET IITs Centraluniversities NITs Institutionsofeminence IISERs IIMs(6new) IIITs(setupinPPPmode) IIITs(govt) Languageinstitutes Othercentrallyfundedinstitutes SchoolsofPlanningandArchitecture Newinstitutes(unforeseen) Researchpromotion TOTAL BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY 25,000 20,000 11,300 10,000 5,000 4,500 3,000 2,000 1,000 1,700 1,500 6,000 9,000 1,00,000 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PNB scam accused may have got early warning in November DIAMOND MERCHANT Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi may have planned their exit from the country in November itself, after a new team of officials at the Punjab National Bank’s branch at Brady House in Mumbai — where the alleged Rs 11,400 crore fraud originated — expressed concern on issuing Letter of Credits (LC) and Letters of Undertakings (LoU) to firms associated with them, according to sources. “In November, when there were changes at the Brady House branch of PNB and the new staff members were averse to carrying out fraudulent transactions, the accused planned ECONOMY ● KEY POSTS AT IRDAI, RBI STILL VACANT PAGE 11 theirexit.Twosenioremployees, on whose instance the LoUs wereissued,leftinNovemberitself and are believed to be in Dubai. After (Deputy Manager, PNB, Brady House) Gokulnath Shetty’sretirementonJanuary1, Modi and Choksi, along with their families, fled the country the same week,” said an official linked to the investigation. Investigators had earlier said that Modi and Choksi left the countryadayafterShetty’sretirement. While Modi left for the United States with his brother Nishal, a Belgian citizen, on January 1, his wife, Ami, a US citizen,flewoutonJanuary6.Choksi isbelievedtohaveleftonJanuary 6.“Accordingtorecordsavailable with us, Modi and his wife travelled to the US,” said the official. The CBI has also written to at least five banks — Axis Bank, Allahabad Bank, State Bank of India,UCOBankandUnionBank of India — asking them to share details from their international divisions on buyer’s credit availed by firms which are part of the Modi and Choksi groups. Sources said this has been done to obtain information on buyer’s credit raised through LCs and LoUs by these banks, before the agency launches the formal process of sending Letters CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 DEEPAK PATEL & ANIL SASI NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 25 FOLLOWING ITS move to open up the coal sector, the NDA government is finalising a shortlist of about a dozen mining blocks that could be offered for commercial mining to private enti- tiesinthefirstroundof auctions. The shortlist of coal blocks — nearly all having at least 50 million tonne of reserves — include four mining blocks each in Odisha and Chhattisgarh, and oneeachinMadhyaPradeshand Jharkhand. By early next month, the Coal Ministry is likely to announce the timeline as well as the final list of mines that will be offered in the first round of auctions, a government official said. The auction process is expected to be wrapped up by March 2019, with possible participation from international miners such as Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton being anticipated in the wake of “feelers” received by authorities from some global miners, the official said. According to a shortlist prepared by the Coal Ministry late last year, the four mines from Odisha that are likely to be auctioned in the first phase are the Chendipada I, Chendipada-II, Mahanadi and Machhakata blocks. The four coal mines tentatively shortlisted from Chhattisgarh are Shankarpur CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 8 THEEDITORIAL PAGE First standalone visit by Foreign Secy since Doklam SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 25 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 agreeingonaroadmapforthecoming year, including discussions on visits by respective foreign ministers and other officials. Sourcessaid that thebrief 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. GokhalewasinBeijingonthe day China lifted its objections to 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 The lure of the populists BY CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOT ‘Stalled projects’ is bad optics, so govt moves to tweak label Suggestion to ministries: Replace with ‘shelved’, ‘dropped’, ‘abandoned’ AMITAV RANJAN NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 25 IN ORDER to lift confidence amongglobalinvestorsinIndia’s business environment, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) plans to weed out yet-to-takeoff ventures from among stalled projects in the country. The recommendation: Label proposals languishing on the drawing board as ‘shelved’ or ‘dropped’ or ‘abandoned’ if the promoters have no further intention to start implementation. Such a move is expected to bring down the number and investment value of stalled projects. As of last month, there were 925projectswithanticipatedinvestment of Rs 13.25 lakh crore that had been marked as ‘implementation stalled’ on Private Economic Databases (PEDs). Of these, the top 100 projects, in termsof monetaryvalue,constituted more than 75 per cent of the total promised investments. “Wherever the project proponents have decided not to pursue the projects, the same shouldbeexplicitlystatedonthe (e-suvidha)portaltohelpPrivate Economic Databases (PEDs) to appropriatelyreclassifytheproject,” the PMO’s Project Monitoring Group (PMG) said in a communique to several ministries last month. “Continued classification of mere project ideas as ‘implementation stalled’ projects in public domain has been reflecting the investment scenario in poor light even though the promoters themselves have not taken any concrete/firm step towards the project implementation for a variety of reasons,” the note said. The PMG believes that these CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 IN NAGALAND, A US-STYLE CAMPAIGN IS CLEANING UP ELECTIONS DIMAPUR, FEBRUARY 25 SAYS INDIA’S RESPONSIBILITY IS UPON US, P4 epithet that stuck. In the same yearcame‘Sadma’,theframe-byframe copy of ‘Moondrum Pirai’, ago. Diplomatic sources from India and Pakistan have confirmed that the two sides have decided to undertake an exchange of all their prisoners in their respective jails. They will soon begin this exercise by releasing the “most vulnerable,” that is, women and children and mentally disturbed prisoners, some of whom languish behind bars after long outliving their original sentence. As many as 50 “vulnerable” prisoners are said to be living in pitiful conditions in Indian and Pakistani jails. This most obvious of humane steps will now be carried outalongsidetargetedmeasures already being undertaken to control militancy inside Jammu & Kashmir as well on the Line of Controlandinternationalborder. However, under pressure by the international community to “reach out” to the Pakistani government and its civil society, Delhi has withdrawn its objectionstoparticipatinginmultilateral meetings with Pakistan. On Friday, Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar stood alongside Afghan president Ashraf Ghani, Pakistani In breaking of ice, Foreign Secy visits China; Pak on table ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR DIPANKAR GHOSE ● RSS CHIEF gaudy Telugu roots fully visible. The Mumbai tabloids lost no timeindubbingher,gleefullyand unkindly, “Thunder Thighs”, an IN WHAT amounts to a significant diplomatic outreach to Pakistan, India has invited its Commerce Minister, Pervaiz Malik, to participate in the informal WTO ministerial meeting taking place in Delhi on March 19-20. Malik is said to have confirmed his attendance. The invitation to Malik comes in the wake of the lateDecember secret back-channel negotiations between the two national security advisors, Ajit Doval and Nasser Janjua, first reported in The Indian Express, and takes place after the global Financial Action Task Force (FATF) threatened to isolate Pakistan over the weekend if it didn’t stop using terrorism as an instrument of state policy. As the decision to participate in the SAARC summit, to be held in Pakistan, comes up again for consideration by the Centre — India and several other South Asian nations had refused to go last year, ensuring a cancellation of the summit — Delhi is planning a more nuanced Pakistan policy than has been seen since the Pathankot attacks two years Govt shortlisting coal blocks for pvt mining, auction process to be wrapped up next March Under Common Platform, candidates share stage to speak on policies INSIDE 1963-2018 MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 25 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 LoansonofferfromHEFA fromFY2018-19to FY2021-22(inCrore) SRIDEVI RASHMI RAJPUT Under RISE, all centrallyfunded institutes (CFIs), includingcentraluniversities,IITs,IIMs, NITsandIISERs,canborrowfrom a Rs 1,00,000 crore corpus over the next four years to expand and build new infrastructure. However, The Indian Express has learnt that a quarter of this amount—Rs25,000crore—will besetasideexclusivelyforthe23 IITs (see box). INSTITUTE India reaches out, invites Pak Minister for WTO talks JYOTI MALHOTRA IITs to grab 25% of govt loans for higher education institutes NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 25 WTO MINISTERIAL MEETING Commerce Minister Malik said to have confirmed Delhi visit in March REVITALISING INFRASTRUCTURE AND SYSTEMS IN EDUCATION RITIKA CHOPRA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE THELEADERSsitside-by-sideon a stage, a large banner behind them, and an eager audience down in front. Each leader gets up to speak, taking turns, in an attempt to sway the crowd. In election season, none of this seems quite out of the ordinary in Nagaland. Except, every leader on the stage is from a different political party, each the candidate from the constituency the meeting is beingheldin.Theaudienceisnot just biased party workers, but voters that have collected from townsandvillages.Andthebanner behind them bears no political affiliation, but carries the name of a student organisation, and nearly always has the words “Clean Election Campaign”. In its quest for an election free of money and other incentives, Nagaland has come up with “Common Platform”, a US TRACKING CHANGE» WHY NOW ■ With a number of states going to polls, the EC told SC this month that it has suggested reforms but that will need legislative action. Later, an SC bench ruled that all candidates have to declare the source of their income. EVERY MONDAY For all Change stories, log on to www.indianexpress.com/change Witness Change? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org presidential-style exercise where candidates assemble on one stage and speak on policies across villages, towns and district headquarters. The state votes Tuesday but organisers of the “Clean Election Campaign” say the idea was born at a meeting in 2012, Common Platform: Born in 2012, now active across state months before the 2013 assembly elections. One of those who attended that meeting was Hekani Jakhalu, the founder of Jaipur Youthnet, an NGO that works with the government to “empower Naga youth”. “The Church and civil society were stunned at the amount of moneybeingusedbycandidates tobuyandsellvotes.Astudyconducted by Youthnet put the amount at Rs 570 crore. One of the primary reasons we realised was the candidates were going door to door and this facilitated the distribution of money. So we decided we would begin Common Platform, where civil society and other organisations wouldorganiseonepublicmeeting, where candidates would CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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