TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, LUCKNOW, `4.00 ● WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM 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 isthefirsttimeinnearly15years 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, ArmyTrainingCommand, 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 8 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 After SUV ran over 9 kids, BJP leader got 24 stitches, fled SHOWROOM ON WHEELS EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 27 Baitha’s house. Ashok Sinha SANTOSH SINGH MUZAFFARPUR, SITAMARHI, FEBRUARY 27 UP PAGES 3, 4 ● CONGRESS EXPELS SANJAY DIXIT ● IMAM ASKS MOSQUES TO DELAY NAMAZ SO ‘HINDU BROTHERS’ CAN PLAY HOLI Two exit polls give Tripura to BJP, third says photo finish EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS and CCTV footage have helped “conclude” that Sitamarhi BJP leader Manoj Baitha was driving the SUV that ran over nine schoolchildren crossing a road, Bihar police said Tuesday. PolicealsobelieveBaithawas treated for injuries after the accident, including 24 stitches, before leaving the country. Whiletryingtofleeafterrunningdowna65-year-oldwoman near the Dharampur middle school on February 24, Baitha had allegedly lost control of his SUV — registration number CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ACCORDINGTOtwoexitpollson 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 former chief minister Neiphiu Rio. In Meghalaya, one exit poll saidtheCongresswouldemerge as the single largest party, while another said Conrad Sangma’s National People’s Party (NPP) would be ahead of the ruling Congress, with the BJP finishing third. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 75% turnout in NAGALAND 75% turnout in MEGHALAYA ScamupbyRs1,251crore, CBIquestionstopbankers DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 27 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 freshinformationfromthebank. Ananthasubramanian is currentlyCEOof AllahabadBank, oneof thebankswhoseoverseas branch provided buyer’s credit to Modi and Choksi against Letters of Undertaking issued by the PNB. In a communication to the CBI,thePNBsaiditsBradyHouse BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A PRELIMINARY investigation by probe agencies into firms associated with Gitanjali Gems promoter Mehul Choksi has found thataconsortiumof31bankslent Rs 5,280 crore to his firms between November 2010 and April 2014 against a collateral of only aboutRs100crore,sourcesfamiliar with the development said. Allbank Finance Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 8 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-intentionedschemetohelp 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 daysagoanddubiouscertificates 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. Butthediagnosiswasconducted by Dr Asha Hodage, a gynaecologist at the Hake Hospital, an infertility and laparoscopy centre, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 don’t bother for scars any more. Get dazzling Glamour with... To get blemish free skin use NO SCARS once every night. It helps to reduce and remove, scars and marks. Long Lasting Premium Quality Soap Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful. This belief paves the way to real beauty inside which reflects outside. No Scars beauty soap helps making your skin look soft and radiant. 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