TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, LUCKNOW, `4.00 ● TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA TIBETANS SHIFT ‘THANK YOU INDIA’ FUNCTION TO DHARAMSALA Dalai Lama events in Delhi scrapped Move follows Govt note that cited ‘sensitive’ China ties, asked Centre, states to skip Tibetan meets SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, MARCH 5 DAYS AFTER the government sent out a note asking senior leaders and government functionariesof theCentreandstates to stay away from events planned to mark 60 years in exile of the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan government-in-exile has decided to cancel its two main events in New Delhi. In its note, the government had underlined that it is a “very sensitive time” for India’s relations with China. The two events, which were tobeattendedbytheDalaiLama, were scheduled to take place in NewDelhi—aninter-faithprayer attheGandhiSamadhiinRajghat on March 31 and a ‘Thank You India’ event at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex on April 1. Following a report in The Indian Express on March 2 — it was the first to report on Foreign SecretaryVijayGokhale’snoteto Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha who sentadirectivetotheCentreand states — the Tibetan govern- ment-in-exile decided to hold the ‘Thank You India’ event in Dharamsala, either on March 31 or April 1. Confirmingthemove,Sonam Dagpo, spokesperson for the Central Tibetan Administration, told The Indian Express Monday: “The Thyagaraj stadium event has been shifted to Dharamsala now. And the inter-faith prayer atRajghathasbeencancelledfor now.” When his comments were sought on the government’s The Indian Express report on March 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE Tripura BJP supporters bulldoze Lenin statue ESHA ROY AGARTALA, MARCH 5 IN THE heart of Belonia town in Tripura’sextremesouth,astatue of Communist icon Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known as Lenin, stood at the centre of College Square for the last five years. At 2.30 pm Monday, 48 hours after the assembly election results were announced, celebratingBJPworkersandsupportersbroughtitdownwiththe help of a JCB amid cries of “Bharat Mata ki jai’’. While the CPI(M), which lost power in the state after 25 years, described the incident as an exampleof “Communism phobia”, the BJP claimed that the statue was brought down by people “oppressed” by the Left. “Eyewitnesses told me that after the statue fell, its head was dismembered from the body. And then, the BJP workers played football with Lenin’s head,’’ claimed Tapas Datta, A JCB being used in Belonia to bring down a Lenin statue CPI(M)’s Belonia sub-division secretary. South Tripura SP Ipper Monchak said the driver of the JCB, Ashish Pal, was arrested in the evening and let off on bail. “Thestatueremainswhereithas fallen. It will be removed by po- lice tomorrow and given to the municipality for storage,” said Monchak. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RELATED REPORTS PAGE 6 To recover Rs 265,908 crore, banks sue 17,000 defaulters 10 That’s less than 32% of Rs 838,000 cr default, tribunals speed up cases THE EDITORIAL PAGE GEORGE MATHEW In the wake NIGHT OF THE WINNERS of Tripura Guillermo del Toro and the cast of The Shape of Water accept the Oscar for best picture in Los Angeles. BY PRABHAT PATNAIK Civilians were killed Jaish militant behind in Shopian crossfire, Army camp attack killed says Mehbooba Mufti EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE BASHAARAT MASOOD & NAVEED IQBAL SHOPIAN, SRINAGAR, MARCH 5 COUNTERINGTHEArmy’sassertionthatfourmenkilledinfiring in Shopian on Sunday were militant“overgroundworkers”,J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti condoled their deaths and described them as “civilians caught in the crossfire”. “Deeply distressed by more deaths of civilians caught in the crossfire in Shopian. My heartfelt condolences to the deceased’s families,” Mehbooba posted on her Twitter account Pawan Hans choppers are flying coffins: ONGC staff NEHA KULKARNI MUMBAI, MARCH 5 REFERRING TO Pawan Hans helicopters as “flying coffins”, employees of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) have expressed their fears about flying to and from offshore sites on board the state-owned helicopter service. In a letter to the top ONGC management, the Petroleum Employees Union (PEU) has sought enhanced safety measures. The letter was written to ONGC Chairman and Managing CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Monday. Following the Chief Minister’s statement, the Army said that four of those killed were civilians who were accompanying militants. “There is a thin line between civilian and OGW.Wedon’thave to be overly concerned about it. They were definitely civilians and it is a matter of investigation as to what extent they were involved in supporting terrorists,” said Brigadier Harbir Singh of 12 Sector Rashtriya Rifles (RR). On Monday, two more bodies, of a militant and a civilian, were recovered from near the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SRINAGAR, NEW DELHI, MARCH 5 THEOPERATIONALcommander of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), MuftiWaqas,waskilledMonday in a joint operation of the Army, the Jammu and Kashmir police and the CRPF in the Awantipora areaof SouthKashmir.According to the Army, Waqas plotted the attack on the Sunjuwan camp in Jammu on February 11 in which six soldiers were killed. TheArmy,inastatement,said that after “specific intelligence” that Waqas was in Hatwar, Awantipora, a “joint specific operation was launched and mastermindof theSunjuwanterrorist attack and Lethpora terrorist NEW DELHI, MARCH 5 AN ORDER directing the Prasar Bharati CEO to be appraised by the I&B Secretary and reviewed by the Minister — one of the first flashpoints between the two sides last year — is part of “serious attempts to disrupt the autonomy” of the public broad- caster and goes “against the mandate of Parliament”, Prasar Bharati chairman A Surya Prakash told The Indian Express. The order was issued on July 6, 2017, within a week of N K SinhatakingoverasI&BSecretary on June 30 — and nearly two weeks before Smriti Irani was named I&B Minister on July 18, replacingMVenkaiahNaiduwho became Vice President. For the other two wholetime REPORTS, P 12 For 2 seasons, Ranji players have not been paid match fees by BCCI MUMBAI, MARCH 5 attack, Jaish-e-Mohammed operational commander, category CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ARMY DID NOT JOIN PROBE AGAINST MAJOR: J&K POLICE, PAGE 8 Ministry order is serious bid to disrupt autonomy: Prasar Bharati chairman LIZ MATHEW & KRISHN KAUSHIK AP DEVENDRA PANDEY Waqas plotted February 11 strike on Sunjuwan camp Board members and directorsgeneral of Doordarshan and All India Radio, both under Prasar Bharati,theI&BSecretarywillbe the reviewing authority for appraisals, the order stated. Shashi ShekharVempatiwasappointed as Prasar Bharati CEO on June 2. “In view of the objects and reasonsof thePrasarBharatiAct, as also its various provisions, wholetime members and other CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AS THE curtains come down on the 2017-18 Ranji season, cricketers across the country, for the second successive season, still await their BCCI-disbursed domestic cricket match fees. While most players have received part payment from state units, none of them have received the lion’s share of their annual earning drawn from 10.6 per cent of the BCCI’s total gross revenue. This pro-rata payment depends on BCCI’s variable annualincomebutonanaverage a Ranji Trophy regular, who also plays shorter-version domestic competitions,earnsRs12-15lakh a year as match fees. The delayed payment stems from the impasse between the Vinod Rai-led Committee of Administrators (CoA) and state units over implementing the Supreme Court-ordered Justice RM Lodha reforms. Another reason for the delay is the new payment plan that the CoA is working on. “There has been no general bodymeetingsincethetimeCoA CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR DO WE AWARD MIM OR MBA? IIMS DEBATE NAME OF THEIR DEGREE RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, MARCH 5 WHAT’S IN a name? Everything, if you were to ask the Indian Institutesof Management(IIMs) that find themselves split over the nomenclature of the degree meant for their graduate students. IIM-Ahmedabad and IIMLucknow, The Indian Express has learnt, favour calling the degree Master in Management or MIM, while others prefer the more common nomenclature MBA, which stands for Master of One of the IIMs even asked HRD Ministry to clarify THE TOP FIVE BANKSHAVEfiledsuitsindifferent courts against 17,000 borrowers who have defaulted on loan repayments worth Rs 265,908 crore at the end of September2017.Thisisjust31.73 per cent of the total defaults of Rs 838,000 crore recorded by banksduringtheperiod,indicating that loans on which there have been defaults of over Rs 572,000 crore are still in various stages of resolution or are being taken to the courts. Figures available from Transunion Cibil Ltd show that banks filed cases against 2,000 borrowers for recovery of over Rs 47,000 crore during the 12 months ended September 2017 even as Debt Recovery Tribunals Bank MUMBAI, MARCH 5 Business Administration. The debate came up at a meeting of all 20 IIM directors last month, which was called to take a final call on whether the 20 business schools should grant a postgraduate diploma in management (PGDM) or award a degree to the batch graduating this month. As first reported by this newspaper on February 11, IIM-Lucknow had even approached the HRD Ministry for a clarification on the matter. According to sources, all institutes, except IIM-Indore, are now more or less in favour of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NPA No.of Accounts SBI 74,649 3684 PNB 25,608 1364 IDBI 22,635 1738 Corporation Bank 9,490 470 Canara Bank 9,386 1036 (Rs crore; As of September 2017) (DRTs) started speeding up disposal of cases. Total suit-filed accounts were 15,220 for defaults of Rs 218,220 crore as of September 2016,CIBILdatasays. State Bank of India tops the listwithcasesagainst3,684crore CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 5 of 29 seized properties do not belong to Nirav Modi KHUSHBOO NARAYAN MUMBAI, MARCH 5 FIVE OF 29 properties of Nirav Modi, attached by the Income Tax (IT) department as part of their tax recovery mechanism, either do not belong to the absconding diamantaire or do not exist, said tax officials familiar with the development. On February 16, two days after the Punjab National Bank revisedtheextentof allegedfraudulent transactions by Modi and his firms to Rs 11,400 crore, the Income Tax department provisionally attached 29 properties CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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