LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `3.00 ● WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE PNB-NIRAV MODI CASE In a first since ceasefire, artillery used in Uri sector SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 27 MUST TALK: ARMY WHILE THE recent spate of ongoing ceasefire violations at Uri marks an early start to tensions with Pakistan on the Line of Control (LoC) in areas north of the Pir Panjal mountain range, it is the first time in nearly 15 years that the Army has used field artillery in this sector. According to official data, there have been 411 ceasefire Suggesting talks with Pakistan, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Army Training Command, Lt Gen M M Naravane, said it will be difficult to restore peace at the “tactical level alone” and a lasting solution “requires statesmanship not brinkmanship”. P 6 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 8 Has UP police won people’s faith? THE EDITORIAL PAGE BY PRAKASH SINGH Changed by 2002 riots, Ahmedabad school now has shades of rainbow Two exit polls give Tripura to BJP, third says photo finish AISHWARYA MOHANTY ACCORDING TO two exit polls on Tuesday, the BJP is set to storm to power in Tripura, dislodging the CPI(M) which has ruled the state for the last 25 years. A third exit poll predicted a close fight. In Nagaland, two exit polls gave the BJP-NDPP alliance an edge over the ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF). The NDPP (Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party) is led by BUSINESS AS USUAL NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 27 BY UNNY THE CBI Tuesday questioned Usha Ananthasubramanian, former managing director of Punjab National Bank, in connection with the loan scandal involving companies of diamantaire Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi. Agency officials said the extent of the fraudulent transactions at the bank had been revised upward to Rs 12,636 crore following fresh information from the bank. Ananthasubramanian is currently CEO of Allahabad Bank, one of the banks whose overseas branch provided buyer’s credit to Modi and Choksi against Letters of Undertaking issued by the PNB. In a communication to the CBI, the PNB said its Brady House With collateral of Rs 100 crore, Choksi got Rs 5,280-cr loan KHUSHBOO NARAYAN MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 27 branch in Mumbai had issued more than the hitherto known 293 LoUs, exposing the bank to further fraud of Rs 1,251 crore. CBI sources said all these LoUs were issued in 2017-18 on the request of Choksi-owned A PRELIMINARY investigation by probe agencies into firms associated with Gitanjali Gems promoter Mehul Choksi has found that a consortium of31 banks lent Rs 5,280 crore to his firms between November 2010 and April 2014 against a collateral of only about Rs 100 crore, sources familiar with the development said. Allbank Finance Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 27 AT THE junction of two narrow lanes in Ahmedabad’s Shahpur Mill compound, stands the rainbow coloured four-storey building that houses Vishwabharti Shala Sankul. Founded in 1963 as a high school for girls, Vishwabharti Shala Sankul is today a co-ed school with nearly 2,000 students — 99 per cent of them being Muslims — according to the invite the school sent for its annual day celebrated recently. When Suresh Shukla, a local resident, had founded the school 55 years ago, Shahpur was largely dominated by Hindus DEEPTIMAN TIWARY EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AHMEDABAD, FEBRUARY 27 Scam up by Rs 1,251 crore, CBI questions top bankers Vishwabharti Shala Sankul in Shahpur has a majority of Muslim students. Javed Raja and Jains. The school, too, had students predominantly from these two communities. The school, which runs primary and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 75% turnout in NAGALAND 75% turnout in MEGHALAYA AN EXPRESS INVESTIGATION PART TWO Gynaecologist treating men, inflated bills and dummy applicants SANDEEP ASHAR MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 27 HOME FROM DUBAI Sridevi’s body reaches her Mumbai home Tuesday night from Dubai. Her funeral is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. Amit Chakravarty REPORT, PAGE 6 A MALE patient’s diagnosis of prostate cancer conducted by a gynaecologist, an application seeking Rs 1 lakh submitted by a “proxy” unknown to the patient, and a doctor admitting that he was “under pressure to give an inflated estimate”. An investigation by The Indian Express, based on documents accessed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, has found how healthcare providers in Maharashtra obtained funds from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF), a popular and well-intentioned scheme to help the poor meet their medical expenses, by fudging records and inflating costs. On Monday, The Indian Express reported on how cash was deposited from the charity fund last June for the treatment of a patient who had died 21 days ago and dubious certificates were used to claim benefits in other cases. Reacting to these findings, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis promised strict action against those fraudulently claiming benefits. The RTI documents show several instances of regulatory lapses, including the case of Raghunath Gade, a 58-year-old man from Gadewadi in Beed, who was sanctioned Rs 1 lakh for prostate cancer treatment. But the diagnosis was conducted by Dr Asha Hodage, a gynaecologist at the Hake Hospital, an infertility and laparoscopy centre, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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